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Once upon a time: Pakistan's fabled storytellers fade away

December 14, 2020 12:02 PM

SHOGRAN, Pakistan (AFP) - Mohammad Naseem's eyes shine while he shares the legend of a remote, alpine lake nestled among snow-capped Himalayan peaks as a rare crowd of onlookers hears one of Pakistan's last "storytellers".

Coronavirus pandemic respite for Thai 'sea gypsies' threatened by mass tourism

November 23, 2020 11:17 AM

The threat of eviction also hangs over the 1,200 Chao Lay living in Rawai.

Amid calls for boycott and bad reviews, Mulan heads towards opening weekend in China

September 09, 2020 9:47 PM

BEIJING - Even before hitting the big screens in mainland China, Disney's lavish US$200 million (S$273.8 million) live action remake of Mulan has been hit with controversy, delays and calls for a boycott.

Qipao all the rage among Chinese mothers whose children are taking national exam

June 11, 2019 5:53 PM

KUNMING (XINHUA) - If you passed by Chinese schools last Friday (June 7) or this past weekend, you would probably have seen some middle-aged women waiting outside with anxious looks dressed in traditional qipao dresses.

Penang proposes joint S'pore-Malaysia Unesco hawker culture bid

May 05, 2019 5:00 AM

GEORGE TOWN • Penang's state government has proposed Singapore and Malaysia file a joint-nomination to list hawker culture under Unesco, but the idea did not go down well with critics on both sides of the Causeway.

Dragons and wizards fired up at Myanmar rocket festival

May 01, 2019 1:50 PM

NANTAR, MYANMAR (AFP) - Clad in elaborate headdresses representing dragons and wizards, Myanmar's ethnic Pa'O fire huge, homemade rockets into the sky - an annual call for plentiful rains and a chance for a windfall of cash.

With sake and Shinto rites, Japanese see in new era

May 01, 2019 12:54 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - With refreshing slurps of sake and solemn Shinto rites, Japanese rang in a new imperial era in festive mood Wednesday (May 1) as Naruhito became their 126th emperor.

Disco's back: Japan grooves to bubble beat for Heisei era sayonara

May 01, 2019 9:07 AM

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese disco fans hit the dance floor and partied like it was 1989, reliving the glitz of the"bubble economy" heyday that defined the early years of the outgoing Heisei imperial era.

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