Sunday, August 14, 2022

Asian History

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.

French Exploration of the Mekong River: The de Lagree and Garnier Expedition 1866-1868

The Mekong River cuts a mighty swathe through Cambodia and Vietnam. Yet its impressive width and fertile banks both impress and mislead. The river...

King Sejong and the Invention of Hangul

King Sejong was the fourth king of the Yi dynasty of Korea, which was the dynasty that ruled the country from 1392-1910. He...

Ramkhamhaeng the Great

Ramkhamhaeng is considered to be one of the greatest of all Kings of Thai history. He created the city state of Sukothai which achieved...

The Trung Sisters and Vietnam’s First Resistance

Attempts by the Han Chinese to control or at least dominate Vietnam have been taking place for some 2,000 years. Vietnam offers a gateway...

The Achievement of Communism in East Asia

In recent years, it has become common to dismiss the values and achievements of communist states, even as the economic disasters that have occurred...

Vietnam’s Path to Independence: Another Southeast Asian Nation Sheds Colonial Rule

Despite Vietnam's declaration of independence after World War II, it was thirty years later before it was finally free of foreign influence upon reunification...

Lady on the River: A Brief History of Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai has been around for seven hundred years, serving as a hub for trade, politics, and the rich culture of northern Thailand. Here's...

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...