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Lion dances originated in India along with Buddhist lore and ritual. The popular form of lion dancing seen in todays Chinese culture evolved in China, though several countries throughout the Asian region, including Japan, have developed their own styles of lion dance through the centuries. Two popular styles of "lion" in Southeast Asia are the Northern and the Southern lion. Northern lions resemble a Pekinese dog both in appearance and behaviour and it is believed that their design came about following the death of a Pekinese dog belonging to the daughter of the Jade Emperor.
History and culture, religion and nations, politics and conflicts.
They have all clashed in Jerusalem for thousands of years.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the latest chapter, and this is a blog of pages about the people, issues and voices muted too long by the politicking and fighting.
View From Jerusalem to the Palestinian West Bank in a larger map
*The white dotted lines indicate the demarcation between Israel and the Palestinian-controlled territories of Gaza and the West Bank.
THE SECOND PALESTINIAN FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE
A special coverage of the Second Palestinian Festival of Literature, as it brings some 20 international writers – western and Arab – to the West Bank, from Arab East Jerusalem to Ramallah, Jenin, Bethlehem, and Hebron.
THE TUSSLE FOR TERRITORY
This series of three stories looks at the issue of land in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a special focus on the city of Jerusalem.
The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as territory annexed from them during the Six-Day War in 1967. Israel maintains that Jerusalem will not be divided, and has cut it off from the Palestinian-controlled West Bank with the erection of a security wall.
If and when the peace talks between the two sides continue, the status of Jerusalem will be paramount, and control of this holy city may come down to quite literally the situation on the ground and just who owns how much of it.
HEBRON – THE BIRTHPLACE OF TWO PEOPLES
Hebron is the city where Jews and the Muslims find their common ground in their shared patriarch Abraham. From him was descended Issac, father of the Jewish people and Ishmael, from whom came the Muslims.
Thousands of years on, it is a tension point where the two warring peoples have to live closer together than anywhere else in the West Bank.
A volunteer group hopes pen pals will help break down barriers between India and Pakistan.
Movies and music are transcending boundaries in the Indian subcontinent.
Their governments may be at odds with each other, but some children are choosing peace over conflict. theasiamag.com brings you the handmade personal greetings by kids from one side of the border to the other.
These are exciting times for Chinese immigrants in Canada as China rises in status on the world stage. But with great change comes great conflict.
Asia House holds the only literary festival in the UK dedicated to books about Asia. Its director Adrienne Loftus Parkins tells Clarissa Tan why such a festival is necessary, and relates Asia House’s journey from a basement to a smart townhouse in the centre of London.
Sectarian strife within Canada’s Indian community is in the spotlight because of commemorations of Air India Flight 182 which was brought down by Sikh extremists.
Gongfu fans still can’t get enough of Bruce Lee whose legend grows with help from David Bowie, David Henry Hwang and Wu Ziniu.
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Instant noodles' impact on the world
Nano car. Big questions. (Part 1 of 2)
"The West Wing": Season Eight, unscripted
The elixir of youth
Death by mining - A Third World affair
A tale of two bronzes
Chasing the sun
SPAM, I am
India's silent gender cleansing
Bhutan: Weaving a future
Fight of the moon goddesses
The wretched act of animal release
A flare-up over going solar
Villages jump on the Internet Bus
Does communication save lives?
Singaporeans rise to the occasion in AWARE saga
Flight of the Kiwi
Singing to read
Fascinating Asia by Rail
10 Eco-Myths Busted