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Thailand

Thailand’s military regime continues to tighten its grip

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A return to democracy in Thailand is the hands of the masses It was on a normal workday on Tuesday 2 February at around 11 am at the studio of Peace TV—a Red Shirt-affiliated television station where the suppressed UDD (United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship) Red Shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan works as a host, […]

China

China’s new cultural revolution

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From sex toys to growing acceptance of gays, China’s sexual culture is becoming more liberal and diverse The rapidly changing sexual culture of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over the last three decades is emblematic of the country’s ongoing economic and cultural revolutions and yet inseparable from its history. When we wrote our book, […]

China

Beyond ‘four dishes and one soup’: China’s hidden economic epidemic

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Rising concerns about the blow-out in government expenses in China echo the causes behind the collapse of the North Song Dynasty more than 1000 years ago Western businesspeople are used to claiming expenses: while it is not universal, the costs of travel and daily necessities for work are often covered by employers rather than individuals. […]