The social ritual of wearing face masks may play a role in sustaining humane sentiments of solidarity, decency and cooperativeness in such crises.
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How Japanese supporters worked to secure the freedom of imprisoned Uighur scholar Tohti Tunyaz is a story worth telling.
In Japan, feminist voices have been raised for #MeToo, but they are often barely heard.
The cultural nationalist project to re-imagine whaling as a national culinary culture will likely fail since it appears unlikely that whaling can become a viable commercial enterprise.
Professor Nobu Iwatani's detention in China marked a potential new, dangerous phase in the CCP government's undermining of academic freedoms for its expansive regime security interests.
A monument and a suitable memorialization for Mamoru Shinozaki would communicate a humane message about Japanese remembrance of past injustices, and about its close, peaceful engagement with the rest of Asia in the present.
South Korean nationalism has co-opted the comfort women issue.
Taiwan's political culture supports rights and freedoms that are under pressure in other liberal democracies and almost extinguished in China.
A more secure, internationalized future for kimono may lie with those innovative designers who are taking it down from its high pedestal and unburdening it from its more restrictive cultural symbolisms.
As cold war rhetoric escalates, progressive critics of China must find an independent voice.