Asia

As the world frets about the North, South Koreans try to relax

8 months ago adcity Comments Off on As the world frets about the North, South Koreans try to relax
SOUTH KOREANS are packing their bags. Perhaps 1.3m of them will leave the country this week. The last remaining international flights are selling out fast. Tickets on trains out of the capital, Seoul, are a hot commodity too. A few Seoulites have been sleeping at train stations, in the hope of nabbing one. The frantic Read More

A subset of Tamils lags other Sri Lankans by almost every measure

8 months ago adcity Comments Off on A subset of Tamils lags other Sri Lankans by almost every measure
BOTH Sri Lanka’s ethnic Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority think of themselves as original, indigenous inhabitants of the island—an important prop to their political claims and counterclaims. But there is one group of Tamils who are relatively recent arrivals, and whose status has suffered accordingly. The first 10,000 “hill-country Tamils” came to work in Read More

India is working itself into a frenzy about interfaith marriages

8 months ago adcity Comments Off on India is working itself into a frenzy about interfaith marriages
THE older woman’s slaps come quick and hard, followed by a shrill, “Have you no shame?” The younger woman sits still, eyes downcast, holding a hesitant hand to her stinging cheek as if in disbelief. Captured earlier this month in the city of Aligarh, 140km south-east of the Indian capital, Delhi, this little act of Read More