LIONS VS. TIGERS – Sri Lanka’s civil war and the long history of ethnic animosity that continues to plague the country.
GHIBLI’S OTHER MASTER – An obituary for Isao Takahata, an overlooked but masterful Japanese animation director.
COPING WITH CHINA – An opinion piece on how the rest of the world should come to terms with China’s inexorable rise (with a bit of a focus on its trade policy).
BANGLADESH BASICS – An overview of Bangladesh, probably the world’s most overlooked country in proportion to its population.
AVERTING ARMAGEDDON – An opinion piece on the North Korean nuclear crisis and how America, South Korea and Japan should deal with it.
ASIA’S BRAWLING BROTHERS – The story of the Indo-Pakistani conflict and why the 2 countries can’t come together after all these years.
BOLLYWOOD DREAMS – The story of Bollywood (the Hindi film industry), one of India’s main cultural exports.
THE RAVAGING OF RAKHINE – Myanmar’s oppression of the Rohingya, an impoverished Muslim minority.
THE EURASIAN GIANTS – The complicated but consequential relationship between China and Russia.
THE PURPLE SWEET POTATO – Taiwan leads the way in East Asia for gay rights.
IS SOUTH ASIA IN WEST ASIA OR EAST ASIA? – This opinion piece muses on whether the common categorization of South Asia as part of East Asia might not be as accurate as putting it in West Asia.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHINESE AND JAPANESE – Ever wondered what the difference is? There are too many to list and it’s a complex subject, but here I try to explain how the languages work.
SPANNER IN THE WORKS – How Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, is upsetting the old balance of power in East Asia.
SITA’S SUCCESSORS – Women in India and the long fight they have waged against sexism.
ANIMANIA – An overview of anime (Japanese animation) and why it’s so popular.
10 ANIME – My list of 10 good anime to sample the medium with.
CAN INDIA MAKE IT AFTER ALL? (PART 2) – In the second part of a series on the factors keeping India so poor, I discuss its outdated, onerous land laws.
ASEAN FOR THE ASIANS – On ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations), the Southeast Asian counterpart to the EU.
DEVELOPMENT YOU CAN CHOKE ON – China’s breakneck development comes at a terrible price: environmental devastation.
A CASTE OF THOUSANDS – India’s caste system and the complex ways it still shapes Indian society.
GO EAST, YOUNG MAN – An opinion piece arguing that America should get more involved in East Asia.
CAN INDIA MAKE IT AFTER ALL? (PART 1) – In the first part of a series on the factors keeping India so poor, I look at its stifling labor regulations and informal manufacturing sector.
TROUBLED WATERS – The South China Sea is a tangle of overlapping territorial claims — but China’s is the biggest and most disruptive.
BEHIND IN BIHAR – A discussion of Bihar, India’s poorest state, and why it’s relevant in Indian politics.
THE IMPENDING FALL OF CHINA (?) – Is China about to collapse? One famous China-watcher thinks so.
THE GHOSTS OF THE KILLING FIELDS – The Khmer Rouge genocide and how it continues to affect Cambodia today.
INDONESIA’S JOKOWI – A profile of Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”), the easygoing if inexperienced president of Indonesia.
EATING BITTERNESS – The troubled relationship between China and Japan.
STICKS AND THE CITY – How a shift in population from the countryside to the cities is changing China’s society.
A BLOG ON BOGS AND LOGS – The massive deforestation of Indonesia.
DESI LOO PRODUCTION – India’s dire sanitation problem.
TRANSHIMALAYA – The nuanced but mostly antagonistic relationship between China and India.
RSS AGGRAVATOR – Hindutva, or Hindu nationalism, and the role it plays in Indian politics in the era of Narendra Modi.
LAND OF THE SETTING SUN – An overview of Japan, its history, and its current decline.
ON BALIDAY – A general blog post on Bali, an Indonesian island with a unique history and identity now most famous as a tourist destination.
THE ALLIANCE OF DESTINY – The tortured but increasingly chummy relationship between America and India, advocating at the end for a full-fledged alliance.
EVERY LITTLE THING XI DOES IS MAGIC – China’s dictator, Xi Jinping, and the personality cult he has built.
THE OTHER GUY – An overview of India, the rising power of Asia consistently overlooked and overshadowed by China.
CHIMERICA – The relationship between America and China, considered the world’s most important.
THE YOUNG THRONG IN HONG KONG – The protests against Mainland China in Hong Kong in 2014.
THE PEACOCK SPREADS ITS FEATHERS – The re-emergence of Myanmar after decades of dictatorship and international isolation.
NOT SO YINGLUCKY AFTER ALL – The 2014 coup in Thailand and the decade of political turmoil that led up to it.
A NEW POWER ARISES IN THE EAST – The story of the rise of China and why it will probably be the most important story of the 21st century.
ASIA’S SLEEPING GIANT – Indonesia, a huge country with big potential that’s chronically overlooked by outsiders.