Hat tip for these links to my expatriate e-mail pen pal Jack.
25 images of Thailand’s most beautiful temples by Daniel Nahabedian for the Matador network.
How Japan Has Perfected Hospitality Culture by Oliver Strand for the Wall Street Journal. The Japanese are known for extreme hospitality.
‘Omotenashi’ comes up short on humility by Philip Brasor for Japan Times. But is the hospitality’s purpose to make guests feel welcome or to manifest Japanese superiority?
Movie ‘Abat’ banned by Thai Culture Ministry by Terry Frederickson for the Bangkok Post.
Producer, monk question ban on Arbat by the Bangkok Post. A controversial Thai movie, whose title is spelled two different ways in English, depicts a Buddhist monk who betrays his vows.
Shunga exhibition defies ‘pornography’ taboos to expose Japan to its erotic past by David Mcneil for The Independent.
Sisters separated 40 years ago in Korea reunited working in same US hospital from The Guardian.
Outrage in Vietnam over curtailing abortions by DPA for the Bangkok Post.
Thai bird singing contest draws thousands by World Bulletin News Desk.
Thailand voices disappointment over EU’s human rights criticism by AsiaOne in Singapore.