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Virulent anti-gay remarks test Indonesia's moderate image

Mar 27, 2016

Virulent anti-gay remarks test Indonesia's moderate image

Gays are a contagion, declares the banner in bold red and black lettering that hangs on the sidewalk of a bustling neighborhood in the Indonesian capital close to embassies, luxury hotels and the homes of some of the country’s leaders. Erected by an ultraconservative ...

With opulent tombs, Vietnam’s dead are living in style

Feb 22, 2016

With opulent tombs, Vietnam’s dead are living in style

Outside Vietnam’s ancient imperial capital Hue is a tiny fishing town known as the City of Ghosts, where the dead live more opulently than the living. The spectacular tombs of Vietnam’s former emperors are a well-trodden stop on the tourist circuit in UNESCO-listed Hue, ...

Thais treat lucky 'child angel' dolls like pets

Jan 30, 2016

Thais treat lucky 'child angel' dolls like pets

Mix one part superstition, two parts fashion, a dab of celebrity idolatry and a heap of media frenzy, and what do you get? The “child angel” dolls, the latest craze in Thailand. They occupy a niche somewhere between Buddhist amulets, which are beloved by ...