Asia's rising inequality
While emerging Asia continues to achieve a stunning performance in poverty reduction, the gap between rich and poor keeps widening too. Why? Does it matter? And what to do?
Asia's middle class
Poor countries typically have a tiny rich elite, large impoverished masses, and a very small "middle class". When development succeeds, society's middle class expands as ...
Asia's low quality jobs
Behind the rosy picture of Asia's dramatic reduction in poverty is the reality that the overall quality of employment in Asia remains low.
Asia's human rights
There is a widening gulf between Asia's miraculous economic growth and the region's poor human rights record, according to Amnesty International.
Asia and the information revolution
The global information revolution is having profound effects on Asia's economies, societies and politics.
Art & the Asianization of Canada
The Asianization of Canada is now moving apace. And over the past year, Toronto's East Gallery has been a vivid symbol of this Asianization.
An Emerging Middle Class
An excellent piece on the world's emerging middle class by Mario Pezzini, director of the OECD Development Centre, provides a nice complement to our article on Asia's middle class.
An Asian Pope for this Asian Century
This Asian Century deserves an Asian Pope. And the Asian papal candidate is the Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.
Ai Weiwei -- According to what?
Ai Weiwei is said to be the most important contemporary artist in the world today. But is he really an artist? Or is he more an activist, and a self-promoting media manipulator?
Japan's social contract under severe stress
Only a few decades ago, Japan seemed to have one of the world's strongest social contracts. But today, it is under severe stress.
Japan's false sense of community
Many Westerners have the impression that Japan has a great "sense of community" in contrast to the individualism of Western countries. But is this really valid?
How's life in Japan?
How's life in Japan? It's a case of sweet and sour, according to the OECD's Better Life Initiative.
Happiness in Japan
The German Institute for Japanese Studies has been studying “The Quest for Happiness in Japan”. What are its insights?
Globalization and the challenges of our youth
This is the text of a speech that I delivered to a group of students at Tokyo's Keio University on 13 October, 2012.
Global education in Japan
In my four semesters from 2009 to 2011 teaching at Sophia University in Tokyo, I endeavoured to provide my students with a "global education". What does the term global education mean?
Divesting the Image of "Inscrutable Japanese"
Masahiko Agata, Vice Chairman of the English-Speaking Union of Japan, has some interesting thoughts to share with us on the "inscrutable Japanese".
Vietnamese painting in Toronto
Toronto's East Gallery has an outstanding exhibition, "The Past is Present", of Vietnamese paintings by Ngo Van Sac. Do yourself a favor, and get down and see it before it closes on 5 May.
Southeast Asian Painting in Toronto
Toronto's East Gallery currently has a stunning exhibition of portraits, "Figuratively Speaking", featuring eleven leading artists from Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma.
Don't miss it!
Painting to protest in Burma and Cambodia
We hope that President Obama can see some contemporary painting on his trip to Burma and Cambodia.
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!
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