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From Imperialist Britain's divisive British rule to independence in India and on to the beauty of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, it is hoped these articles will inspire abiding interest in the history and culture of Asia. Articles range, from fascinating biographical pieces through to all aspects of history of the region, the Vietnamese and Korean Wars and development of the post-war economies and infrastructures.

Imelda Marcos’s Obsessions: Marcos’s Desires for Beauty and Power

Imelda Marcos's obsession with beauty and fashion has dominated her whole life. The former First Lady was called the Marie-Antoinette of the twentieth century. She...

The U.S. Was Involved in Vietnam Before There Was a Vietnam

The area known later as Vietnam was called Indochina before the formation of Vietnam in 1954. It was a French colony before and after...

Jose Rizal: National Hero of the Philippines: The Life of a Filipino Writer and...

Dr. José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda (June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896) was a Filipino novelist, poet and medical doctor. His...

Ancient Relations Between Sri Lanka and Laos

With a population of a little over six million, the Lao People's Democratic Republic in south east Asia is still an idyllic country. With...

Vietnam Declares Independence: September 2, 1945

Vietnam lost her independence on August 25, 1883, after decades of resistance to Europeans, when the court at Hue recognized French protectorate in Tonkin...

Joanna Lumley, Much Loved British Actress: Born in Kashmir, 1946

Joanna Lumley may not have served in the British Army but she showed true grit when she campaigned on behalf of Gurkha rights to...

The Role of Ho Chi Minh in International and Vietnamese History

Ho Chi Minh was a determined, powerful individual who strived to achieve his goals of unification and independence for Vietnam. The events leading to...

The Indianization of Ancient Cambodia

In the early centuries of the Common Era (long before the unification of the Khmer Empire) the people of the Mekong Delta region “deliberately...

Cambodia’s 9 Most Important Public Holiday Celebrations

The people of most countries in the world celebrate special holidays to commemorate historical events. This article looks at 9 important Cambodian holidays. One way...

The Spread of Indian Culture in Early South East Asia

The Indians when they learned to navigate by water began to spread their cultural influence throughout Early South East Asia. The first civilizations that Indian...
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