The 88th Academy Awards took place last Sunday and, as usual, a bunch of really rich white people dressed up nicely and gave each other statues made of gold. It’s been obvious that the Academy has a diversity problem. Yet, even when Oscar nominations were announced on Jan. 14, we were struck by certain glaring […]
Dispelling safety myths
“Is Cambodia safe?” Many readers asked me this after reading my first two blogs about my recent trip with my husband last November.
It is surprising that many have this misconception. While some may have concerns traveling to Cambodia, its tourism has actually increased 17 percent in 2013 and 7 percent last year. Just in Angkor, there are more than one million visitors every year.
By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly Four minutes is all I can take. It’s not jetlag. Or culture shock. It’s just hot. I’m in a sauna. In Malmoe, in Sweden. Guidebooks and everything, they talk about this. You go to Scandinavia, and you go to the sauna. For the coziness. For warmth and safety, inside, […]
By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly Six weeks, all together, if I can manage to hold through December, here in Scandinavia. I think the gut knows when it’s time to shake things up, and this time, I found myself at Kastrup with an immigration officer flicking through my passport—stamps from around Southeast Asia these last […]
By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly “That was what I was most worried about when we got here,” Bicycle (yes, that is his name) confessed tonight, up on the terrace. “Every time you go to an insectarium, you know, there are those huge ones, those really, really giant bugs—and then you look to see where […]
BEIJING (AP) — Arrests made and details revealed about the Aug. 17 Bangkok bombing that killed 20 people have raised the question of whether members of an ethnic and religious minority from China’s far west were involved. A primer on the Uighurs, the repression they face in China and their presence abroad: ——— WHO ARE […]
By Sara Moulton Associated Press Mung beans have been a staple of the cuisines of India, China, Korea, and Southeast Asia for thousands of years. And with good reason. They are a delicious and healthy source of protein and fiber. In the U.S., we tend to know them mostly in their sprouted state, and by […]
Seattle-based Columbia Pacific Management – one of the largest healthcare providers in Asia, with 28 hospitals in India and Southeast Asia and three senior care facilities in China – announced it is officially entering the China hospital market with an investment in a 200-bed orthopedic hospital in Shanghai. The Seattle-based firm last fall announced it […]
By Eric Talmadge Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — If you’re still looking for somewhere exotic to go this summer and don’t mind a vacation that comes with a heavy dose of socialist propaganda and leader worship, North Korea says it’s just the place for you. Fresh off a drastic, half-year ban that closed […]
By Maja Beckstrom St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When it was time to choose roles in the play, Mu Pa chose the part of a Burmese soldier. “I know how to do it,” said the young Karen woman, who was a toddler when Burmese soldiers burned her village and killed her […]