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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.

Ang Yi: Chinese Secret Societies in Siam

There have been Chinese secret societies in existence for many centuries. Whenever there has been injustice or misery, Chinese people have gathered together quietly...

Arranged Marriage – Reality or Myth

Arranged marriage has been an important part of the Indian culture since time. Westerns are often amazed at the idea of getting married to...

Common Factors in Southeast Asian Development: Shared Experiences of Southeast Asian Nations

The Southeast Asian region, located north of Australia, south of China, and east of India, and comprising the nations Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia,...

The Cawnpore Massacre 1857

The horrific massacre of European men, women, and children during the Indian Mutiny represented the worst aspects of warfare and provoked fierce reprisals. Cawnpore, modern...

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...

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...

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...

20th Century History – The Korean War: 1950 War in Korea Begins Cold War...

The agreements of World War II were challenged in Korea. Start of the Korean War one marker of official start of Cold War Hostility...

The Bataan Death March: The Beast of Bataan Blamed for Atrocities in Philippines

Japanese General Masaharu Homma Defeats American and Philippine forces and earns the name "Beast of Bataan" and Takes the Rap for the Infamous Bataan...

The Tai Ahom Kingdom of Assam

Tai peoples had been migrating southwards from southern China in large numbers from at least as early as the C7th CE and possibly earlier....
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