Culture

‘Handy happiness': How glitzy malls are taking over life in Bangkok

By Thu, Apr 23, 2015 10:25AM UTC

Tourists in Thailand searching for the real Bangkokian’s lifestyle experience needn’t shop at Jatujak Market, have pad thai on Khaosarn Road or go clubbing in Nana. Just go to malls. Bangkokians go to malls.

Asia’s love affair with the rickshaw

By Mon, Apr 20, 2015 11:07AM UTC

MOST countries in Asia have a local version of a rickshaw, an affordable and efficient two or three wheeled form of transport for anything from tourists to goods. The word itself comes from the Japanese word jinrikisha, meaning human powered vehicle, although today they can be hand pulled, cycles or

Beijing International Film Festival opens with big names

By Fri, Apr 17, 2015 9:08AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — The fifth Beijing International Festival has opened in China’s capital city, where organizers are hoping to raise the event’s profile by hiring a veteran European festival chief.

Japanese ‘vagina artist’ insists her work is not obscene

By Thu, Apr 16, 2015 12:26PM UTC

A Japanese artist on trial for obscenity for distributing plans on how to build a kayak shaped like her vagina denied all charges Wednesday, saying her work is not obscene.

Poll: Thai New Year revelers declare Songkran 2015 ‘a success’

By Thu, Apr 16, 2015 10:17AM UTC

Despite a seemingly endless slew of fatal car crashes and stricter controls by authorities, this year’s Songkran New Year’s festivities were considered to be more successful than the annual festival’s 2014 iteration.