Tea Leaves

  • India's air is filthy -- but at least it's democratic

    Despite government, public complacency, appalling pollution leading to "airwakening"

  • Remember Asia's Manhattan that never was

    A remote Indonesian island stands as a warning against protectionism

  • When politics get ugly, the beautiful game can help

    Sporting bonhomie obscures diplomatic tensions in Asian soccer stadiums

  • The magic in Myanmar's numbers

    When dealing with Naypyitaw, ignore numerology at your peril

  • Growing up with New Zealand's 'white gold'

    A former milk boy reflects on his nation's nectar

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

    Urban planners must bear in mind community, resilience and sustainability

  • Lessons of the opium wars

    History provides a guide to regional maritime disputes

  • South Korea and Trump's America: A tale of two protests

    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