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Reclaiming Halal and the Commercialization of Islam
Hew Wai Weng takes a look at what constitutes halal in contemporary Malaysia — a certification that today is less about faith and more about the commercialisation of Islam.
BOOK REVIEW: 'Convergence or Conflict in the Taiwan Strait'
'Convergence or Conflict in the Taiwan Strait' is an informative and lively book on the issues facing Taiwan today, and provides a good understanding for leaders of both Taiwan and the world’s democratic nations, writes Prof. Bruce Jacobs.
INTERVIEW: From Falling in Love with Classical Indian Music to Documenting It on Film
It never occurred to film director Niharika Popli that she would end up making a debut documentary on one of India's most celebrated classical musicians.
'Are You Not Entertained?' Filipino Film Project Tackles Violence as Entertainment
Have we wanted this type of entertainment all along? Is our thirst for violent entertainment getting out of hand? Have we been betrayed by the television and internet media in the long run?
My Party or My People? Indigenous Legislator on the Fight for Self-Determination in Taiwan
Taiwan looks set to open the door for its indigenous people to achieve some degree of autonomy. Will the rest of the population accept it?
Chinese Publishers Turn to TV as Book Profits Spiral
Instead of selling the rights to their novels, publishers in China are launching their own production teams to adapt work for the screen.
Book Review: 'Chinese Economic Statecraft: Commercial Actors, Grand Strategy and State Control'
In 'Chinese Economic Statecraft: Commercial Actors, Grand Strategy and State Control,' William J. Norris examines how states use economic tools to pursue foreign policy objectives, focusing on the case of China. Although Raj Verma is not fully convinced by all the examples used to evidence the book’s central argument, Norris offers important insight into the various tools, mechanisms, processes and actors involved in the execution of China’s economic statecraft.