Taiwan, Amis, Austronesian

How Formosa Birthed The Southeast Asian Languages

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The aboriginal dialect of the tiny island of Taiwan is the ancestor of one-fifth of the world’s languages, researchers say   Few will associate primarily Mandarin-speaking,...

Jewelled Princes

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The Shan people celebrate the ordination of young Buddhist novices with Poy Sang Long – an extravagant spiritual party that usually takes place between...

The Village and the Dam

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In recent years, China’s enthusiasm for dam building has spilled over into Southeast Asia. Hydrolancang – a Chinese state-owned enterprise already responsible for no less than seven out of 28 dams in the upper Mekong region – began to construct its very first overseas hydroelectric project in 2013, the Lower Sesan 2 (LSS2) Dam in Stung Treng province of northern Cambodia. The $800 million project, located about 100 kilometres south from the border with Laos, is among the most controversial and destructive in recent years.
Russian Language, Saint Cyril, Cyrillic

Mother Russia’s Mother Tongue

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Descended from Polish roots, the language of Asia’s northernmost inhabitants only found its first alphabet in 862 AD, thanks to a pair of preaching Thessalonian monks

The Ghosts of Gunkanjima

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In Gunkanjima, ghosts live on in the memories of former inhabitants of the fortress island. The site has since been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the behest of those born there, who hope that all who henceforth visit the island can learn from Gunkanjima's rise and fall.

What’s for Tea, Darjeeling?

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India is the largest consumer of tea and its second-largest producer in the world. We take a closer look at one of its most well-loved varieties, the Darjeeling.

The Mongolian Gold Wars

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Gold mining has sparked a clash between illegal diggers, artisanal mining associations and large multinationals

Asia’s Broken Soles

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Jia Sidao, the ambitious chancellor of the Song dynasty, creeps over to the daughter of the late emperor. He lulls the trusting little girl...