Tea Leaves

Bamboo scaffolding surrounds a new building rising in Bhutan's capital, Thimphu. (Photo by Curtis S. Chin)

Asia's cities must not lose their heads in the clouds

Urban planners must bear in mind community, resilience and sustainability

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    American demonstrators are bigger on black humor than South Koreans, but will they maintain momentum?

  • Carnage and karma on Thai roads

    Culture can explain locals' apparent calm over soaring death tolls

  • Paradise lost: Is Asia destroying its cultural heritage?

    How skyscrapers and 'progress' are blighting some of Asia's gracious old cities -- in the eyes of some

  • From Endo to Dylan: how TV ads bridge the cultural divide

    Japan's 'intellectual' pitchmen are happy to sell household necessities

  • Astrology predates polling, and is no less inaccurate

    If a solar eclipse can be reliably predicted, why not a mortal event?

  • South Koreans say it with a 'K' (konstantly)

    The humble consonant is deployed to shore up a people's sense of self

  • Christmas and all that Muzak

    Asia should promote its own festivals over eccentric renditions of Western ones

  • Finding, or avoiding, Donald Trump in Myanmar

    Orwell's Burmese days hold lessons for contemporary politics

  • Bridging Asia's urban-rural divide

    Japan's reverse 'youth drain' points the way for the region

  • What New Zealand's 'super-diversity' can teach the world

    Making multiculturalism work in a 'blessed and remote' land

  • Digital detox, anyone?

  • The destructive tyranny of palm oil

  • For Sri Lankans, 'koththu roti' sounds like freedom and an echo of home

  • Dial-up days and digital disruption

  • When Disney meets remote island cultures

  • Seoul's war on graft turns dining out into a minefield

  • The illusion of connection

  • Duterte and his unlikely millennial devotees