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The illegal animal trade, deforestation and its affect on the climate, pose an existential threat to Borneo’s wildlife.

Revisiting The Samurai

The languages of EdoToday it is Tokyo but once, many lifetimes ago, the same city was Edo, the imperial capital of Japan. Amidst the marks of modernity – the skyscrapers, the flyovers and the neon signs – are hidden hints of a world many think are lost, but which are just waiting for the eagle-eyed to discover.Together with Satoko Hirakawa, my walking tours guide, I stand upon the Nihonbashi Bridge, looking in the direction of Mount Fuji. High-rise buildings now obscure the view, but as an ancient milestone by our side shows, this was once point zero on the map.…

On the Edge of Extinction

 Asian Languages on the Verge of Falling Out Of Use S’aoch SAMRONG LOEU VILLAGE, CAMBODIA, 10 SPEAKERS The numbers of S’aoch people were decimated under the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, which ruled from 1975 to 1979 and had a policy of executing any S’aoch who dared to speak in their native tongue. In 2010, only 10 elderly members of the S’aoch indigenous minority living in their village outside their traditional land still spoke this language. Mednyj Aleut BERING ISLAND, 5 SPEAKERS Also known as Copper Island Aleut, Mednyj Aleut is a moribund mixed language originally spoken on Mednyj Island, off the coast…

Mongolian Gold Wars

]Gold mining has sparked a clash between illegal diggers, artisanal mining associations and large multinationals. It’s still pitch dark in the small Mongolian town of Khailaast. But Ganbold and Tungalatamir have already finished their light breakfast and are about to leave their ger – the traditional yurt of the nomads – with all the tools required to perform their illegal work. Ganbold is carrying the heavy water pump while his wife loads smaller tools into the back of their white minivan. They head for a manmade lake in the middle of the infinite steppe, where the first sunrays cover the green…

Min Ga La Ba

 A Myanmar Tapestry of Traditions, Cultures and Languages“This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about.”– Rudyard Kipling in Letters from the East Known as Myanmar in present day, the country has a rich tapestry of traditions, cultures and tribes dating back 13,000 years.Myanmar or Burma? The confusion begins here. Myanmar is recognised in most countries and in the United Nations (UN), but not in the United Kingdom. As Myanmar’s former colonial rulers, the UK has refused to acknowledge the ruling legitimacy of the Myanmar military regime. Hence, they still say ‘Burma’. TribesMyanmar is closely connected to her neighbouring…

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The illegal animal trade, deforestation and its affect on the climate, pose an existential threat to Borneo’s wildlife.
They were all waiting for the same thing. When a squawking chicken tumbled over the volcano's rim into their line of sight, nets moved in unison trying to predict the hapless fowl's trajectory. Only one villager might have enough luck to bag the bird; while others can only wait for more to come. It's not only chickens that fall into the smokey, gaping mouth of Mount Bromo, located in Indonesia's East Java. Fruit, rice and money are some other objects that net-wielders in the volcano might find themselves trying to catch. The source of these items is a crowd of ethnic Tengger worshippers perched on the narrow crater lip, performing a sacrifice ritual as part of the Yadnya Kasada festivities. Sacrifices To A GodHeld on the fourteenth day of the Kasada month in the Javanese calendar, Yadnya Kasada is the most significant festival for the Tengger people, an ethnic minority in…
Listening along the hillsides of small patches of dry coastal forest of southern Grenada, you can hear the mournful coo of the Grenada dove (Leptotila wellsi), one of the world’s most critically endangered birds. This dove is primarily brown with a pinkish head and a white breast with a red rim around its eyes, the males slightly darker than the females. It is simple in its colouring – its only flamboyant features are its crimson red feet and legs – yet the species has a uniqueness that merits attention. However, like many island endemic species, it has become very particular to the kind of habitat and conditions it requires. Vulnerable to change, it is now threatened with extinction.The Grenada dove is endemic to Grenada in the West Indies, and is recognised internationally on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List as one of the 197 most…
Baboons were well-represented in ancient Egypt and were kept as sacred animals in several Egyptian temples. Featured in hieroglyphics, paintings, artworks, statutes and in sacred tombs, the ancient Egyptians believed that baboons were the first creatures to pay proper religious observances, as they were often portrayed with their arms raised in worship of the sun. Since baboons exhibit many human characteristics, it was believed that they were deceased ancestors. The baboon god Babi, also known as Baba, was worshipped for its sexual virility and was endowed with the aggressive characteristics of a dominant male baboon - attributes admired by the first kings of Egypt who fought for dominance in the land and their domains.©ASIAN GeographicRead more in ASIAN Geographic No. 116 Issue 1, 2016.   
WASHINGTON D.C., USA - Apr 01, 2016: President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping Nuclear on the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.[/caption]China is increasingly becoming one of the world's biggest economic players, and in order for the country to sustain its rapid development well into the 21st century, it has set its eyes on making bigger and better connections to the rest of the world. To do this, China's President Xi Jinping in 2015 announced the implementation of the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Initiative; an ambitious plan that seeks to connect both land and sea routes to enhance cooperation and connection with China and the rest of Eurasia.A Eurasian Land BridgeThe 'belt' in question refers to The Silk Road Economic Belt, which is a land route designed to link China  to Central Asia as well as Eastern and Western Europe. This belt will build economic corridors with…

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