International Women's Day 2013
On International Women's Day 2013, we can celebrate the great progress achieved in women's lives. But we must also deplore the widespread discrimination and violence from which women still suffer.
Human development in Asia
Asia has achieved massive poverty reduction, but how advanced is the region's human development?
Globalization of Italian football
Italy is witnessing a revival in the globalization of one its most cherished treasures, football, writes Emanuele Schibotto.
Freedom of the Press in Asia
The recent strike and protests by journalists at Southern Weekend are harsh reminders of the repression of press freedom in China and many other Asia countries.
Cross cultural understanding in Asia
There is great potential to improve cross-cultural understanding in Asia. But more positive political leadership will be crucial.
Asia’s smart urbanization imperative
Asia's urbanization must be “smart” in terms of city livability, environmental sustainability and in fostering innovation, if it is to realize the potential of the Asian Century.
Asian Art in Toronto
The East Gallery's upcoming exhibition in Toronto on "Light from the East: Representations of Spirituality in Vietnamese and Burmese Contemporary Art" promises to be well worth a visit.
There is no time like the present for investing in our youth, those between the ages of 12 and 24.
Asia's social development
Discussions in the Asia-Pacific focus substantially on the region's economic development...
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?
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