Asia Pacific Topics

Apr 20, 2014

Transgender Indian seeks vote

A budding transgender politician in India is campaigning in her southern hometown for a seat in parliament, just days after the country’s highest court recognized “third-gender” people. Describing the ruling as a “milestone,” 53-year-old Bharathi Kannamma hopes to build on the momentum and overturn ...

Apr 16, 2014

Chinese take 'ugly' mantle as tourists

The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand’s top universities is undergoing a security clampdown. Not against a terrorist threat, but against Chinese tourists. Thousands have clambered aboard student buses at Chiang Mai University, made a mess in cafeterias and sneaked into classes ...

Adultery website tests the law in South Korea

| Apr 10, 2014

Adultery website tests the law in South Korea

Canada-based adultery hookup service AshleyMadison.com — slogan: “Life is short. Have an affair” — drew 46,000 people within a week of launching a website last month in South Korea, where marital infidelity is a crime punishable by up to two years in prison. The ...

Samsung, LG ads criticized abroad

Apr 6, 2014

Samsung, LG ads criticized abroad

by Youkyung Lee

When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at New York’s storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a doctor, fretted about eating too much cake and needed ...

Malaysia bans 'Noah' epic as 'un-Islamic'

Apr 5, 2014

Malaysia bans 'Noah' epic as 'un-Islamic'

Malaysia has joined other Islamic countries in banning the Hollywood biblical epic “Noah” starring Russell Crowe, decrying it as irreligious and saying it violates Islamic law against depicting prophets. A Home Ministry official on Saturday confirmed that Paramount’s latest big-budget film, which has sparked ...

Five babies a day left at Chinese city's 'baby hatch'

Mar 17, 2014

Five babies a day left at Chinese city's 'baby hatch'

More than 260 unwanted children, most of them babies, have been abandoned in a Chinese “safe haven” in just over six weeks — more than five a day — since it opened in late January, authorities said. The “baby hatch” in Guangzhou, in the ...

China smog drives face masks out of stock

Feb 26, 2014

China smog drives face masks out of stock

China’s biggest online face-mask sellers were running out of stock Wednesday as consumers rushed to protect themselves from smog that has shrouded large swathes of northern China for an entire week. Beijing’s official reading for PM 2.5 — small airborne particles which easily penetrate ...