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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.

Pirates of the Malacca Strait

The Malacca Strait, in South East Asia, has been frequented by pirates for hundreds of years. The Malacca Strait, which runs between Malaysia and...

Early Life of Genghis Khan: Birthplace, Background and Biography

Genghis Khan (1162–1227) was the founder and Khagan (Emperor) of the Mongol Empire. After his death, the Mongol Empire became the largest in human...

History of the Spanish Language in the Philippines

The Spanish language, whilst not always being the most spoken language in the Philippines, has been an integral part of Filipino society for...

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...

The Mayaguez Fiasco

The Mayaguez incident was the only engagement between U.S. forces and the Khmer Rouge. Just two weeks after the Vietnam War the U.S. were...

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...

What Did Genghis Khan Eat?: The Cuisine of the Mongol Conquerors

Kublai Khan famously said that meat was suitable for men and vegetables for animals. Yet he himself enjoyed vegetable crepes. What else did the...

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...

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...

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...
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