Is Japan ready for the LGBTQ revolution?

| Jul 30, 2016

Is Japan ready for the LGBTQ revolution?

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This past spring, at a restaurant in Tokyo’s upscale Omotesando neighborhood, I encountered something new in Tokyo: a prominent sign written in English on the door of the communal WC declaring it “gender-free.” In recent years, there have been a number of encouraging signs ...

China: more hegemon than bogeyman?

| Jul 16, 2016

China: more hegemon than bogeyman?

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Jeffrey Wasserstrom’s perceptive new book, “Eight Juxtapositions: China Through Imperfect Analogies,” presents some unlikely comparisons that are designed to challenge perceptions about China. Wasserstrom, a professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, acknowledges flaws in his analogies — which include an exploration ...