John Lyttle - The eastern affront
By John Lyttle - 16 January 12:00

Film - This depiction of oppression is decorously polite, writes John Lyttle

Memoirs of a Geish

Cinematic Seoul
By Victoria James - 16 January 12:00

World film - Forget Crouching Tiger and Spirited Away - Asia's best new movies are South Korean

How not to respond to a crisis
By Michael Stone - 09 January 12:00

Observations on the tsunami

William Dalrymple: Christianity and Islam are not as far apart as Bin Laden and the neocons would like us to believe
By William Dalrymple - 19 December 12:00

In the year that Islamist terrorism finally reached London, when the Christian west and Islamic east are engaged in another major confrontation, there has never been a greater need for both sides to realise what they have in common.

We're all orientalists now
By Patrick West - 12 December 12:00

Why are we so eager to believe that Sudoku hails from Japan when it doesn't? Patrick West explains

The emperor's new clothes
By Xiao Jia Gu - 05 December 12:00

Prince Charles was roundly condemned for describing China's leaders as "waxworks", yet the state-spo

NS Essay - 'The front line in the struggle for women's rights appears to lie in the poorest, most patriarchal, least democratic nations. In the west, it has been won'
By Racheal Walker - 28 November 12:00

. . . or so we are led to believe. The truth is more complex. Developed countries hardly offer a goo

A lifeline, but not for them
By Robin Pagnamenta - 21 November 12:00

It is vital to the west and worth billions to BP, but will the 1,100-mile pipeline across the Caucas

Emperor's new clothes
By Christopher Reed - 21 November 12:00

Observations on Japan

War by other means
By Yossi Yonah - 31 October 12:00

From the beginning, immigration has been an important weapon to secure the Jewish state. But new cit

Andrew Billen - Reality bites
By Andrew Billen - 24 October 13:00

Television - Two documentaries offer little chance of a fairy-tale ending, writes Andrew Billen

The poor pay the bill for the big fear
By Raj Persaud - 24 October 13:00

Observations on bird flu

The shadow map of our compassion
By Ziauddin Sardar - 17 October 13:00

Observations on disaster

Michele Roberts picnics with Madhur Jaffrey
By Michele Roberts - 17 October 13:00

What does Delhi nostalgia taste of? Mango, Marmite and masoor dhal

We need to be told
By John Pilger - 17 October 13:00

When journalists report propaganda instead of the truth, the consequences can be catastrophic - as o

Victoria Hale
By Rabiya Tuma - 17 October 13:00

10 people - Her inspiring healthcare group brings cheap medicines to the world's poorest

Sania Mirza
By Jason Cowley - 17 October 13:00

10 people - Jason Cowley on the tennis sensation who is drawing scorn from india's muslim clerics

USA (made in China)
By Andrew Stephen - 10 October 13:00

Want to buy a bike in America? Chinese. Cadillac? Chinese parts. Wal-Mart alone imports $18bn worth

Mark Thomas finds America on the side of the angels
By Mark Thomas - 10 October 13:00

I am surprised to find myself saying this, but in the case of Burma the neo-cons might just be on th

People power
By Isabel Hilton - 29 August 13:00

Wild Grass: China's revolution from below

Ian Johnson <em>Penguin, 324pp, £8.99</em>

ISBN 014102

Tail of the missing tigers
By Salil Tripathi - 22 August 13:00

India must give its villagers a stake in saving the world's most endangered big cat

China doll
By Xiao Jia Gu - 15 August 13:00

Marrying Buddha

Wei Hui <em>Robinson, 248pp, £6.99</em>

ISBN 1845291700

Not waving, but suing
By Victoria James - 08 August 13:00

Observations on symbols

Say please. No thanks
By Riddhi Shah - 25 July 13:00

Observations on manners

Where Marxists have MBAs
By Aditya Chakrabortty - 18 July 13:00

Observations on Calcutta

The Chinese are coming
By Lindsey Hilsum - 04 July 13:00

G8: Africa - One country is investing large sums abroad - and it doesn't make a fuss about human ri

The boy who fell to earth
By Aditya Chakrabortty - 27 June 13:00

Observations on India

Wrathful deity
By Isabel Hilton - 13 June 13:00

Mao: the unknown story

Jung Chang and Jon Halliday <em>Jonathan Cape, 814pp, £25</em>

ISBN 0224

World view - Lindsey Hilsum buys a dress that's too cheap
By Lindsey Hilsum - 30 May 13:00

My sparkly pumps and cotton dress were cheap and won't last, but they are part of a "Chinese tsunami

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