Tea Leaves

Pro-democracy protesters open umbrellas in central Hong Kong in October 2014. © Getty Images

China's hard power and hurt feelings

No perceived slight is too small for Beijing to start throwing its weight around

  • Nepal gives up its hippy zeitgeist

    New rules and new hotels transform the once-seedy tourist district of Thamel

  • Lessons on aging with strength from Japan's soccer legend

    At 51, Kazuyoshi Miura symbolizes a nation that won't quit

  • And the band played on

    Shanghai's artists fixate on the past, while investors look to the future

  • Tourism, politics and the Rakhine crisis

    Supporting Myanmar's economy is no walk on the beach

  • Appreciating the best of Cambodia, and hoping for better

    Rats, Rolls-Royces and all the wonders found in between

  • Corporate whistleblowing meets culture clash in Asia

    The story of Olympus and Michael Woodford is a template, and a cautionary tale

  • The long road to Pyeongchang's Winter Olympic triumph

    After two failed bids, the South Korean city is more than ready to host the world in February

  • In India, 'fake news' has deadly consequences

    Spread of smartphones has taken rumor mongering to dangerous depths

  • Taiwan is embracing marriage equality, and refining its own identity

    Island's democratic traditions grow even stronger as it becomes a regional leader for LGBT rights

  • Citizenship ruling causes delayed chaos Down Under

    Mainstream politicians run afoul of Australia's century-old constitution

  • A Buddhist take on the fate of Bangkok's Dusit Thani hotel

    For Thais, the demolition of a landmark is a reminder of life's impermanence

  • Game on: Japanese dining taps its wild side

    Gibier restaurants take off as diners go for healthier, sustainable meat

  • The eye-opening joys of urban farming

    What one family learned from raising chickens in Bangkok

  • Australia's Holden runs out of road

    Demise of iconic brand marks the end of an era for the country's car industry

  • Myanmar's urban hub thrives on 'repat power'

    Returnees infuse Yangon with energy, enthusiasm and hope for the future

  • How long can Brunei keep punching above its weight?

    After 50 years on the throne, the sultan is finding it harder to keep his country relevant

  • What the 'bicycle index' says about a country

    When cycling goes from necessity to choice, it represents a major sociological shift

  • India's toilet culture needs a good scrubbing

    Bollywood film tackling open defecation doubles as propaganda for Modi

  • Bob Gruen's images of rock icons highlight Japan's sense of nostalgia

    American photographer provides an entry to a piece of history