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Patriotic brigades or slave camps?

By Hyonhee Shin

Last month, thousands of North Korean students traveled to Mount Paektu, a sacred mountain where the ruling family claims its roots and where leader Kim Jong Un is building a massive economic hub at the alpine town of Samjiyon. It is one of the largest constructionFULL STORY

Coexisting with strays in Istanbul

Concerned for the health of a black cat roaming around the university campus where she works, Mevlude dropped off the feline at the veterinary clinic for street animals run by the Istanbul municipality. Visitors to the Turkish city, who admire its centuries-old mosques and Ottoman palaces,FULL STORY

China entertainment endures ‘bitter winter’ after crackdowns2019-02-18

By Kelly Wang

Chinese film and television are reeling from what industry insiders call a “bitterly cold winter” of sharper government scrutiny that is expected to lead to more Communist Party-friendly content. The entertainment sector had blossomed in recent years, with official encouragement by a government keen to replaceFULL STORY

Gotta gram ‘em all2019-02-18

By Elaine YU

For smartphone-wielding hordes of tourists, Hong Kong boasts a host of must-have Instagram locations — but crowds of snap-happy travelers are testing local patience and transforming once quaint pockets of the bustling metropolis. Tony Hui recalls how elderly residents always used to play cards in aFULL STORY

Taiwan in Time: The only ‘ham’ in Taiwan for 25 years2019-02-17

By Han Cheung

Feb. 18 to Feb. 24 Until 1985, Taiwan’s amateur (ham) radio scene consisted of one person: Tim Chen (陳實忻), who held the country’s only license due to Martial Law era restrictions. According to a Liberty Times (the sister newspaper of the Taipei Times) report, thisFULL STORY

This may be the world’s best potato2019-02-16

By Richard Vines

Clare Smyth is one of the world’s leading chefs. So what is the centerpiece of the menu at her two-Michelin-starred restaurant? A potato. The Charlotte spud is slow-cooked in a marinade of butter and seaweed, then allowed to marinate for another 24 hours before being topped withFULL STORY

‘Rhubarb Triangle’2019-02-16

It is rhubarb harvest season in the candle-lit sheds of northern England, where farmers are cashing in on a new trend for the vegetable in modern British cuisine. Farmers in the “Rhubarb Triangle,” whose points traditionally are the industrial Yorkshire cities of Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds,FULL STORY

Specks of tranquility2019-02-15

By Han Cheung

Except for the occasional car rumbling by and the unsettling hourly broadcast through loudspeakers across the island, Izena might as well be abandoned. We did not see a single soul on the island’s eponymous settlement, and the only signs of recent activity in the landmarkFULL STORY

Art exhibition listings2019-02-15

By Sheryl Cheung

Patrick Zachmann is an award-winning French photographer who hasdedicated himself to over the past four decades to creating documentary projects, books and video films that examine themes of memory, identity and immigration. Zachmann is a member of Magnum, a prestigious international cooperative of photojournalists establishedFULL STORY

A Million Miles Away and all around Taiwan2019-02-14

By Diane Baker

The 11th Taiwan International Festival of Arts (TIFA) opens in Taipei this weekend, and for the first time the festival will truly live up to its name, with programs offered in the north, center and south of Taiwan at the three venues that make upFULL STORY

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