INSIGHTS FROM ASIA

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Insider Outsider: The Way of the Yakuza

April 17, 2011

During my first interviews, O-oyabun was particularly eager to talk about ideology: The ‘Way of the Yakuza,’ ‘violating the law’ or ‘doing wrong things.’

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Korean Protest Culture

April 16, 2011

In Korea, the traditional protest repertoire of marches, sit-ins, stones and Molotov cocktails is evolving; some of the new techniques remain confrontational, even violent. Others rely on technology, subtlety, inner strength and community…

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On Chairs

April 16, 2011

A time-darkened chair of oak, it stood among other chairs of other kinds, empty of all but time and craft, in a warehouse for antiques; a sign said the chair had been made in England a couple of hundred years ago.

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On Contentment

April 16, 2011

Nothing like gazing upon your own well-stacked cord of firewood turning golden in the evening sun to get you feeling contented…

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Dogs Barking at the Full Moon

April 15, 2011

Comrade John is a mild-mannered person. I didn’t feel threatened or scared at all. In fact, I welcomed this encounter. It had been over a decade since I last spoke to them…

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The Barber

April 15, 2011

My goatee and shaved head perplex many Vietnamese because in their country beards are for venerable old men like Uncle Ho and bald heads for monks, and I am neither.

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