Culture

Chinese police detain actor Wang Xuebing for drug offense

By Wed, Mar 11, 2015 3:55PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media are reporting that Beijing police have detained movie actor Wang Xuebing on a suspected drug offense, adding to a series of celebrities who have been caught in anti-drug actions.

Opinion: Sexual hypocrisy is alive and well in Thailand

By Fri, Mar 06, 2015 11:13AM UTC

Sex is a topic Thai society isn’t too sure how to handle. Thailand’s teen pregnancy and HIV infection numbers are worryingly high, and the fact that sex remains a social taboo only makes for a tough battle. Despite being well known for a large community of ladyboys and gay friendliness, Thai society lacks understanding and knowledge about gender rights.

‘Duang!’ Chinese poke fun at Jackie Chan with nonsense word

By Thu, Mar 05, 2015 7:21PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — “Duang!” That’s movie star Jackie Chan’s latest contribution to Chinese mass culture and entertainment.

Activists slam China’s most watched program for sexist jokes

By Wed, Feb 25, 2015 6:14PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China’s annual Lunar New Year variety show, which mocked unmarried women and suggested female officials provide sexual favors to get promoted, has led to online outrage and some state media to urge more attention to discrimination against women. Sexism at the gala is nothing new. But this

Japanese artist draws ire in Thailand for chopping down ancient tree

By Wed, Feb 25, 2015 10:07AM UTC

When Japanese artist Katsumi Mukai chopped down a huge 143-year-old tree in Krabi, a coastal province in southern Thailand, he wanted to make art, not controversy. But when the picture of him and his crew, who were posing cheerfully with the giant wood logs, emerged on Facebook, his artwork copped a lot of stick. The news soon spread and outraged many environmentalists before art people joined the debate.