Taiwan, Amis, Austronesian

How Formosa Birthed The Southeast Asian Languages

The aboriginal dialect of the tiny island of Taiwan is the ancestor of one-fifth of the world’s languages, researchers say   Few will associate primarily Mandarin-speaking,...
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Thailand’s Hill Tribes See Their Last Days

As elders pass on and youth surrender to the tide of modernisation, the once-proud villages who lived off the land are surrendering their diligently preserved traditions for basic food and healthcare

Reflections: Voyages Across the Seas

When we speak of world explorers, icons like Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan come easily to mind, leaving Zheng He a mere afterthought....
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Why Nepal’s Young Brides Marry Apples First

The first of a Newari girl’s three marriages is to an everlasting fruit

Money Through the Ages

Text by Shailendra Bhandare. Illustration by Richard CagomocMoney is understood to be dollars and cents today but that hasn't always been the case throughout...

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

(Photo: Graphicaartis/Corbis) The Hanging Gardens of Babylon has captured the imagination of historians worldwide for centuries. Yet, its existence remains a debate as years of...

The Mongolian Gold Wars

Gold mining has sparked a clash between illegal diggers, artisanal mining associations and large multinationals
Qusbegi: The Lord of Birds

Qusbegi: The Lord of Birds

Text and images by Bryan Chan and Marija Savic Fitted in an enormous cowhide coat and a colourful peaked hat ringed with fur, the qusbegi...

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