By Christopher Bodeen The Associated Press BEIJING, China (AP) — The annual Lunar New Year fireworks barrage in Beijing was notably muted Sunday, Feb. 10, following government appeals to reduce the smoky celebrations after air pollution rose to near catastrophic levels over recent weeks.
By Tran Van Minh The Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Japan’s prime minister promised closer security and economic ties with Vietnam on Wednesday, bolstering an alliance that shares concerns over rising Chinese territorial assertiveness in regional waters.
Dinner is served, and sea cucumber is the main course. You’re probably not thinking, “Mmm, delicious!” because, at least on first sight, this reddish, slug-like sea creature just does not look appetizing. However, it is a popular dish in Chinese cuisine. Asia is where you can find some of the most exotic foods in the world, ranging from deep fried grasshoppers to Indonesian bats …
By Niniek Karmini The Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims have begun fasting for the start of the Ramadan holy month in Indonesia, Malaysia, and elsewhere around Asia, but the somber occasion was marred in Buddhist-dominated Thailand by two bomb blasts that killed one person and injured seven.
“The Mirror Never Lies” Reviewed by Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly In “The Mirror Never Lies,” a young girl grapples with the death of her father in this aesthetically pleasing look at the indigenous Bajo sea gypsies of Indonesia. The gypsies live in stilted huts on the water in an area known as the World’s Coral […]
“The Blindfold” Reviewed by Tiffany Ran “The Blindfold,” by Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho is a heartbreaking look at three of the characters’ respective experiences with the Indonesian Islamic State (NII) and its aggressive recruitment techniques. In the film, the recruitment techniques largely target students and the country’s disenfranchised youth. Each scene, dark and somber, bears […]
By Staff THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Pop singer Lady Gaga arrived in the Philippines on Saturday to cheers from fans and protests from young Christians calling for the cancellation of her upcoming concerts. About 200 Christian young people marched in Manila for a second straight day, holding placards urging the singer to […]
By Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura Northwest Asian Weekly From outside Cornish College of the Arts’ Kerry Hall, it may seem like just another
By Linda Deutsch The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. importer of research monkeys was set to stand trial March 26 on cruelty charges after 15 primates died during an international flight.
By Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Throughout the year, we encounter some news stories that make us go, HUH? <!–more–> These are stories that are strange, weird, unique — or just really funny. 10. Barbie too sexy for China? In March, the Barbie store in Shanghai shut down after only two years in business. Critics […]