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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Gay Jakarta

On July 7, 2011 By

INDONESIA
BY JUSTIN ELLIS

Watch any television channel in Indonesia for more than half an hour and it’s obvious that waria (male-to-female transvestites) are tolerated throughout the country…

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Heart and Seoul

On June 21, 2011 By

KOREA
BY JENNY HALL

…“Can I help you?” a young guy asked me politely in English. That was it exactly — the point from which Korea was defined — outgoing without being pushy, courteous without being awkwardly shy. Somewhere between the overly curious Chinese and the ultra-reserved Japanese.

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Urban Nomads

On June 8, 2011 By

MONGOLIA
BY CHRISTAL WHELAN

Nomads in Mongolia are increasingly quitting the land and opting for a new life in the country’s capital, Ulaanbaatar…the underlying causes are political, economic, legal, and cultural.

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Dogs Barking at the Full Moon

On April 15, 2011 By

PHILIPPINES
BY REY VENTURA

Comrade John is a mild-mannered person. I didn’t feel threatened or scared at all. In fact, I welcomed this encounter. It had been over a decade since I last spoke to them…

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The Barber

On April 15, 2011 By

VIETNAM
BY DUSTIN LEAVITT

My goatee and shaved head perplex many Vietnamese because in their country beards are for venerable old men like Uncle Ho and bald heads for monks, and I am neither.

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Biung Home Again

On April 14, 2011 By

TAIWAN
BY SCOTT EZELL

…when I got there at 7:30 to hear his gig, canned music blared beneath pink neon lights and a sashimi contest was underway, skinny men with fat ties wolfing raw meat, embarrassing their wives and delighting their children.

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