Asia Pacific

To characterize the Shanghai Expo as mainly China’s showcasing of its soft power misses an important point.

In my recent book touring travels down under, I was struck repeatedly by the sense in which New Zealand and Australia seem for a North American at once remote yet accessible, exotic yet familiar.

APDS Blogger: Paul Rockower

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”
- James Beard

YOKOHAMA, March 11 – The photo that spread across the top of page one of this morning’s Yomiuri Daily newspaper was dramatic: a group of people, obviously in distress, probably in mourning.

In a newspaper in the U.S., it could have been a photo of the aftermath of large-scale death in Haiti, Nigeria or Chile. But these individuals were clearly Japanese. What disaster were they commemorating?

APDS Blogger: Di Wu