Asia Pacific Topics

Dec 20, 2015

Sanskrit, a 'dead' Indian language, enjoying revival

In a tiny apartment in a rundown alley in New Delhi, Rakesh Kumar Misra is working against the odds to bring India’s ancient Sanskrit language to the country’s millions. The 4,000-year-old classical language was traditionally used by Brahmin intellectuals and Hindu priests. Rarely spoken ...

For South Koreans, overseas study loses its luster

Dec 8, 2015

For South Koreans, overseas study loses its luster

After years of heading abroad in droves to study, more young South Koreans are opting for education at home as expensive overseas degrees no longer provide an edge in a tough job market — and are even a liability. Recruiters and students say the ...

Nov 25, 2015

Indian surrogates feel hurt by government ban on foreign clients

For thousands of childless couples the world over, India has been the go-to destination to fulfill their dreams of becoming parents, thanks to its well-trained doctors, well-appointed fertility clinics and vast numbers of poor women willing to serve as surrogate mothers. Not anymore. The ...

Indian vigilantes turn violent to protect sacred cows

Nov 11, 2015

Indian vigilantes turn violent to protect sacred cows

As a truck screeches to a halt on an Indian highway in the middle of the night, devout young Hindus armed with sticks scramble inside, searching for cows they consider sacred. Almost every night, the vigilantes lie in wait for suspected cattle smugglers in ...

China says two-child policy to add 30 million workers by 2050

Nov 10, 2015

China says two-child policy to add 30 million workers by 2050

Chinese authorities expect that easing the country’s one-child policy will add more than 30 million people to the country’s labor force by 2050. Wang Pei’an, spokesman for the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said Tuesday that more than 90 million people will become ...