Jul 12, 2014

Singapore backs call to destroy gay-themed books

A children’s book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York’s zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries, and the conservative city-state’s information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies alongside ...

Jul 11, 2014

'Bamboo ceiling' hampering Asians in Australia

A “bamboo ceiling” exists in Australia for Asians entering positions of power in business, education and politics, the country’s race discrimination commissioner has suggested. Tim Soutphommasane said that while Australia’s cultural diversity was to be welcomed, equality of opportunity in the top echelons was ...

The naked American at Narita airport

| Jun 25, 2014

The naked American at Narita airport

by Baye Mcneil

Leaving Narita, stripped of your African accoutrement and any other identifiers that speak to your nationality and sensibilities, you advance through an array of unfamiliar sights and sounds, just as brown and naked as the day you were born.

Jun 25, 2014

KFC probes whether child's ejection claim a scam

Fried-chicken chain KFC said a franchised restaurant in Mississippi has hired an investigator to look into claims that an employee asked a 3-year-old girl and her family to leave because her facial disfigurement disturbed customers. KFC spokesman Rick Maynard said the company is concerned ...

LDS boots woman who pushed for female priests

Jun 24, 2014

LDS boots woman who pushed for female priests

The Mormon church excommunicated the founder of a prominent women’s group Monday after she created an organization and staged demonstrations in a push for women to join the faith’s priesthood, a rare move that brings down the harshest punishment available. The ousting of Kate ...

Jun 21, 2014

Chinese cops kill 13 attackers in Xinjiang

Police in China’s western Xinjiang region shot dead 13 assailants who drove one or more vehicles into a police office building and set off explosives in an attack Saturday that injured three officers, the news website for the regional government said. The Tianshan website ...

Ending Japan's sexism requires men to lean in, too

Jun 21, 2014

Ending Japan's sexism requires men to lean in, too

by William Pesek

Ayaka Shiomura’s tears show why Shinzo Abe’s talk of empowering Japan’s women is still more hot air than policy. The Tokyo assemblywoman two days ago urged colleagues to budget assistance for women struggling to balance work and child rearing, and to offer funding for ...