Tea Leaves

  • 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

  • Aging Asia deserves a little R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

  • Tsukiji's 'death sentence' highlights the power of place

  • Supply chains compound the West's 'original sin'

  • Thailand's obsession with the perfect green curry