Culture

7 years of change: Documenting the transformation of Cambodia

By Tue, Feb 17, 2015 3:55PM UTC 7 years of change: Documenting the transformation of Cambodia

With the first beams of sunlight, men and women would set out on wooden longboats, passing the reflection of their stilted homes onto the middle of Boeung Kak, a lake nestled in the heart of Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh.

Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee released after Beijing marijuana sentence

By Fri, Feb 13, 2015 11:41AM UTC Jackie Chan's son Jaycee released after Beijing marijuana sentence

BEIJING (AP) — The son of actor Jackie Chan has been released from a Beijing jail after completing a six-month sentence for allowing people to use marijuana in his apartment, amid a crackdown on illegal narcotics in the Chinese capital.

Japan: Man jailed for 6 years for slashing AKB48 band members

By Tue, Feb 10, 2015 4:41PM UTC Japan: Man jailed for 6 years for slashing AKB48 band members

TOKYO (AP) — A man who slashed two members of the popular Japanese female pop group AKB48 last year has been sentenced to six years in prison.

‘Crouching Tiger’ actress Zhang Ziyi says ‘yes’ to marriage proposal by drone

By Mon, Feb 09, 2015 3:57PM UTC 'Crouching Tiger' actress Zhang Ziyi says 'yes' to marriage proposal by drone

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi who gained international fame for her role in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” has accepted a marriage proposal delivered by drone.

Thailand’s junta targets acclaimed theatre production

By Mon, Feb 02, 2015 12:15PM UTC Thailand's junta targets acclaimed theatre production

Back in 2012, a solo theater performance called “Bang La Merd” premiered to widespread acclaim and later won Ornanong Thaisiriwong plaudits and Best Original Script and Performance Awards from the International Association of Theatre Critics (Thailand). ‘Bang La Merd’, roughly translated as ‘district of violation’, portrays the violation of rights in Thai society. Now in 2015, in the restrictive post-coup atmosphere, Ornanong thought it was time to re-stage the production.