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Hope for the East Asian Peace Process

August 9, 2014

With the human race as a whole increasingly threatened by global climate change, overpopulation and food scarcity, our very survival depends on our ability to overcome history-based animosities…

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Teahouse Renaissance in Taipei

May 13, 2014

Wistaria was the first intellectual style teahouse, and created a quiet, clean place to focus on drinking tea. Outside the wood and paper walls of the two-story Japanese house was a garden with bamboo and a koi pond.

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The Name Game

May 13, 2014

For the Chinese understand that without nature, man is inherently insignificant. It is therefore understandable that of all of the thousands of teas in China, none were specifically named after a person, not even after any of the many emperors who were often responsible for naming them.

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DMZ Diary: Surviving the Future Past Tense

May 13, 2014

by Lauren W. Deutsch

How does one casually “visit” such an area as a tourist? Should I be afraid of potential for armed attack? Is there a protocol of safe, reverential behavior? Isn’t it more a place of pilgrimage? I had 50 kilometers in Seoul traffic to think about it.

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Crossing Inter-Asian Cultural Divides

December 27, 2013

Karen Ma is the author of the recently published Excess Baggage, a novel about the lives of a Chinese immigrant family in Japan.

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We Promise to Fix it Back

December 27, 2013

Will this catastrophe in Japan change us and lead to a more innovative, caring and interconnected way of living? Will the outbreaks of altruism and civic enthusiasm propel us to take similar steps? Will we demand ingenious forms of accountability?

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Beauty & Power

October 27, 2013

In front of us stood a statue of Buddha, about three meters high, surrounded by swirling painted blues and reds and browns — flanked by two smaller statues of guardians. The light from the open doorway fell on the Buddha and suffused throughout the space.

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Migrating Genius: The Art & Life of Jack Madson

September 7, 2013

“There’s so much to learn from birds. When I was a child they were my first absorbing fascination in life.”

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Ashes to Ashes

August 15, 2013

I met my in-laws for the first time on New Year’s Day 1966, shortly before my wedding…

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Writers and the War Against Nature

June 29, 2013

Although human beings have interacted with nature – both cultivated and wild, for millennia, and sometimes destructively so, it was never quite like “war.” It has now become disconcertingly so…

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Lok Say: Hong Kong Remembers Tiananmen

May 12, 2013

…They had asked the university council to place the Goddess of Democracy — a twenty-foot statue commemorating the sacrifice of the Tiananmen students — on campus following tonight’s vigil….

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Buddhism and the Film

March 2, 2013

There would on the surface be little to connect the Buddhist faith with the cinema. This is an entertainment which is largely based upon satisfying our desire for the various attachments which Buddhism counsels us to give up. There are, however, a few promising areas where some agreement might be detected.

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Fumio’s World

January 14, 2013

Japanese animator and illustrator Fumio Obata’s take on life abroad

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Jiseung: A Journey into the Korean Art of Weaving Paper

January 5, 2013

For months, I was at a loss about how to weave so tightly. Then, one day he pressed my thumb down with such force, I felt like a door had smashed it. Only then did I grasp his secret…

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Mayumi Oda on Energy of Change, Feminization and New Birth of Japan

June 25, 2012

Mayumi Oda has devoted more than fifty years of her life to her art…her deeply feminist viewpoint also drives her ongoing efforts to promote world peace and eliminate nuclear weapons and other nuclear threats.

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Into Dasht-e Kavir: Notes From the Great Salt Desert

June 8, 2012

I stare at the barren oatmeal, forbidding life, eroded by the elements, its own self-loathing nature…

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Satish Kumar on Deep Ecology  

February 4, 2012

Sometimes I came across a tree which seemed like a Buddha or a Jesus: loving, compassionate, still, unambitious, enlightened, in eternal meditation, giving pleasure to a pilgrim…

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Blessings of the Dragon Gods

January 21, 2012

The moves of a master calligrapher resemble those of a dragon in flight. The calligraphy is so alive and vigorous that it seems to contain a dragon’s spirit flowing in the brush strokes…

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Morimoto Kikuo: Resurrecting a Cultural Ecology

December 11, 2011

The Khmer Rouge willfully tried to strip the nation of its rich culture and heritage. The casualty Japanese expat Morimoto Kikuo is trying his hardest to save is Cambodia’s traditional art of silk weaving and dyeing…

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Civilizations never Clash, Ignorance Does

December 6, 2011

A civilized person is the one who “knows oneself, and tries to learn from others”; the one who knows and respects the difference of cultures; the one who seeks the transversal values of humanity found in all these cultures.

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The Hollow Staff: Western Music and the Silk Road

November 14, 2011

The Silk Road would have been full of musicians…musicians from a dozen distinct traditions traveling in the same caravans, meeting around the same fires. What did they say to one another when they met…?

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