Asian Encounters

Since KJ 41, we have featured a series of personal accounts of experiences — and most importantly, interactions — with local people all over Asia. These sketches do not necessarily fit the genre of travel writing — often the writer is a local resident too. We invite our readers to send us their stories (with photos) of Asian encounters and insights.

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Asian Encounters

On June 15, 2011 By

Asian Encounters

Since KJ 41, we have featured a series of personal accounts of experiences — and most importantly, interactions — with local people all over Asia. These sketches do not necessarily fit the genre of travel writing — often the writer is a local resident too. We invite our readers to send us their […]

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IRAN
BY STEVEN TIZZARD

I stare at the barren oatmeal, forbidding life, eroded by the elements, its own self-loathing nature…

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BURMA
BY ISAAC BLACKSIN

In a region where kingdoms have come and gone for centuries, Myanmar’s State Peace and Development Council created yet another capital, this one with a pace and scale unprecedented.

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CAMBODIA
BY GAIL GUTRADT

I have come as a volunteer from the United States, to live with children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic that has raged in Cambodia since the 1990s…

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Beauty & Power

On October 27, 2011 By

THE SILK ROAD
BY SAM CRANE

In front of us stood a statue of Buddha, about three meters high, surrounded by swirling painted blues and reds and browns — flanked by two smaller statues of guardians. The light from the open doorway fell on the Buddha and suffused throughout the space.

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Tea & Qi

On October 13, 2011 By

CHINA
BY PHILIP CUNNINGHAM

Talking to Weijia, who also goes by the name Viktor, I was struck by how his bicultural experience was at once almost painfully unique and at the same time so familiar and universal.

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Music vs Militarism

On October 12, 2011 By

OKINAWA
BY SHERRY NAKANISHI

The pottery grounds, Chibana tells me, were formerly a bomb disposal yard. At once, my body tenses. I begin to step gingerly, looking at where I place my feet. The floor is simply earth though — dusty red clay. The potters are young, bandanas on their heads; their bare feet are clay red too…

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How to Move a Tree

On October 7, 2011 By

TAIWAN
BY WILLIAM R STIMSON






Early one morning in a park in Taiwan I came across a man who had stopped off on his way home from the market to harness himself to a tree…

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How I Choose to Give Myself

On October 3, 2011 By

CAMBODIA
BY VINITA RAMANI MOHAN

After hurtling down potholed roads, the prospect of walking into a crowded room filled with emotional Cambodian survivors of the genocide seemed like too much to take in. But I am here as a researcher looking at social memory in the context of the genocide…

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Little Soman’s Little War

On September 16, 2011 By

AFGHANISTAN
BY KEITH HARMON SNOW

Dead army tanks are everywhere here. One supposes they are dead. There are dead tanks in villages, sunk in streams, crossing fields, sleeping on hills, burrowing into the wind-swept land like crabs at the beach.

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