Merriest Christmas of all
As Westerners and other Christians sit down to their turkey on 25 December, they should know that the merriest Christmas of all is in Asia, in the Philippines!
When you arrive in Manila's heat, pollution and traffic jams, it is difficult to believe that it was known as the "Pearl of the Orient". But when you enter the doors of Manila Hotel ...
It's more fun in the Philippines!
Bayanihan, the Philippine National Dance Company, wowed a captivated Toronto audience last night.
Filipino-Canadian Theatre in Toronto
Last night's opening performance of Nina Lee Aquino's "Every Letter Counts" at Toronto's Factory Theatre was a stunning success. It is the "must-see" play of the season.
Ethnic painting from Vietnam in Toronto
The return of Dinh Thi Tham Poong’s paintings to Toronto's East Gallery has been truly worth the wait. Her solo show opens this Wednesday, June 12.
Cambodia: the ecotourism alternative
Our Paris-based culture correspondent, Angela Gosmann, has shared with us this interesting piece on ecotourism in Cambodia. It's great holiday reading for our Northern hemisphere readers and others to
Art Stage Singapore, "We are Asia"
The recent 4th annual edition of Art Stage, Singapore’s leading art fair, delivered on its theme of “We are Asia”, writes the East Gallery's Andrew FitzGerald.
"ImaginAsian" painting exhibition in Toronto
"ImaginAsian", the latest show at The East Gallery in Toronto, is a splendid exhibition of three leading female artists from Southeast Asia.
Yishu -- Contemporary Chinese Art
ACI has recently discovered "Yishu", a splendid journal of contemporary Chinese art. For those of you who don't know it, please keep reading!
Thoughts of the Dalai Lama
Before I left Japan, I had the honor of seeing His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. He spoke of globalization, financial crisis, climate change, compassion and warm-heartedness.
Social media in China
Yiran Liu, currently studying at Tokyo's Sophia University, has an interesting article to share with us on the social media in China.
Recalibrating China's social contract
The reform agenda of Chinese President Xi Jinping's new administration is an attempt to rebalance the nation's social contract -- to enable the Communist Party to survive!
Leo Lacey -- a tribute
Leo Lacey, who recently passed away, saw the prospects of the Asian Century, long before the expression was ever coined.
Culture Wise China
China is different, very different. So if you wish to negotiate an international agreement, do business with China, live there or even simply visit, you need to be "culture wise China".
Chinese art at Toronto's Shangri-La Hotel
Toronto's Shangri-La Hotel has the best collection of Chinese art in the city. You must go and savor the experience, as I have done.
China's Liu Xiaobo
How powerful is China really when it fears the influence of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize–winning poet and essayist Liu Xiaobo to such a point that he is put in jail?
China's disappearing cheap labor
For the past three decades, the Chinese economy has relied on a vast supply of cheap labor, moving from the rural country to the industralizing cities. All the signs point to this is coming to an end
Ai Weiwei sculptures in Toronto
The exhibition of Ai Weiwei's sculptures in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square is the highlight of the city's summer cultural season.
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