Veteran Japanese actor Ken Takakura dies at 83

By Tue, Nov 18, 2014 3:02PM UTC Ken Takakura. Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — Acclaimed Japanese film star Ken Takakura, known for many stoic heroes he played on silver screen, has died of lymphoma. He was 83. His office and media reports said Tuesday that Takakura died Nov. 10 at a Tokyo hospital where he had been treated for the illness.

Khon: Thailand’s beautiful, but boring, performing art

By Tue, Nov 11, 2014 1:12PM UTC Khon dance in Frankfurt, Germany,2006. Pic: Günter Trageser, WikiMedia Commons.

It’s that time of year again when the highly-skilled and meticulous Thai mask dance, Khon, returns in Bangkok (Nov 24-Dec 9). The performances will be as beautiful, traditional and prestigious as last year’s, but does anybody care?

Security high as Cambodia holds first Water Festival since 2010 stampede

By Thu, Nov 06, 2014 10:31AM UTC Rowers head to the start line during the Water Festival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday. Pic: AP.

In about two weeks Cambodians who lost their love ones in 2010’s Water Festival tragedy will mark the fourth anniversary of the stampede.

Reality TV show ‘Big Brother’ to debut in China

By Wed, Oct 29, 2014 10:16AM UTC Reality TV show ‘Big Brother’ to debut in China

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese online video site says it is bringing the “Big Brother” reality TV show to China.

More support for gay and transgender communities needed in Thailand

By Sat, Oct 25, 2014 5:30PM UTC Member's of Thailand's LGBT community dance at a parade in Bangkok. Pic: AP.

Thailand has made strides in the fight against HIV, but must do more to directly prevent HIV transmission among men who have sex with men, transgender people, and sex workers. Midnight Poonkasetwattana, Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM), says it is crucial that the government and healthcare providers create a more welcoming and supportive environment for high-risk groups.

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