East Asia

Tea Leaf Nation

Unsheathed

A brutal knife attack on a Hong Kong journalist marks yet another setback for press freedom there

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

Hard Target

A Chinese firm will need more than money and good intentions to buy a U.S. media company. 

David Wertime |

Argument

The Man Who Wasn't There

Chinese are whispering about the possible downfall of Beijing's J. Edgar Hoover. Why won't they talk about it out loud?

Isaac Stone Fish |

Tea Leaf Nation

China, LinkedIn Would Like to Add You to Its Network

Why it will be hard for the U.S. site to get comfortable there.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

A Chinese 'No Thanks' for WhatsApp

313 million netizens don't need the just-acquired chat tool -- they think they have a better one of their own.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

Chinese Expert: Obama-Dalai Lama Meeting Shows U.S. 'Jealous'

Mainland media says it's about pique, not human rights.

David Wertime |

Report

The Comfort Women Lobby

How tensions between South Korea and Japan are playing out in small towns across America.   

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Tea Leaf Nation

Freedom, Fried

Why Taiwanese are getting fed up with the island's salacious, in-your-face media

Chris Fuchs |

COLUMN

Problems Persist at Fukushima

250,000 tons of radioactive soil is sitting in plastic bags around the nuclear plant -- and Japan doesn't know what to do with it.

Laurie Garrett |

Tea Leaf Nation

Everything I Wish I'd Told John Kerry

A well-known blogger calls on the U.S. to deny visas to those responsible for China's Great Firewall.

Zhang Jialong |

Argument

Red Handed

China is also complicit in North Korea's crimes against humanity. 

Kenneth Roth |

Christian Caryl

The Young and the Restless

Yes, young people are often a force for political change. But what kind, exactly?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Cheap and Dirty Bombs

Could these creepy chest packs be North Korea's way of threatening radiological war?

William C. Potter |

COLUMN

Off the Clock

Is a Spanish attempt to hold China accountable for abuses in Tibet the end of the global policeman?

David Bosco |

Terms of Engagement

Obama's Pacific Wager

The White House is gambling America's global standing on a trade deal with Asia. Don't bet on Congress to get it done.

James Traub |

The List

Do Not Despair, Ye Flaccid, Loveless Hordes

Fleshy oysters and severed phalluses: The best sexual stimulants from around the world.

Catherine A. Traywick |

Tea Leaf Nation

Tears for Fears

Chinese educators are rethinking the learn-and-churn model.

Yiqin Fu |

Tea Leaf Nation

Red Rover, Red Rover

Chinese loved to hate their space program -- until its mascot became a talking, web-savvy bunny.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Taiwan in My Mind

What the island -- or is that rogue province? -- looks like to Mainland Chinese.

Yueran Zhang |

Report

An Offer They Can't Refuse

Will China win its 65-year war with Taiwan -- without firing a shot?

Isaac Stone Fish |

Report

The Geopolitics of Gas Exports

Why lawmakers from both parties, and plenty of countries overseas, are desperate to speed up U.S. energy exports

Keith Johnson |

Tea Leaf Nation

K-Pop, Cat GIFs, and Constitutionalism

How an arcane democratic term became more popular online than the moon landing.

David Caragliano |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Dumpling Effect

Did Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to a dumpling shop create a pilgrimage site?

Isaac Stone Fish |

Tea Leaf Nation

It's Official: China Is Becoming a New Innovation Powerhouse

The world's factory is turning into an R&D machine -- and fast catching up with America.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

A Smile for Sochi

Chinese state media is going soft on the Winter Games, while Chinese visitors seem to be having a ball.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

China's Lunar New Year used to be special -- until people there got richer and more connected.

Yuan Ren |

Tea Leaf Nation

Zero Dark Dirty

Beijing still considers a surprising amount of information secret.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

Why It's Dangerous to Say 'We Are All Chinese'

A starlet discovers the hard way how much Hong Kongers dislike their mainland bretheren.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

Red Carpet Follies

China's biggest TV show is losing its grip on the public imagination. 

Rachel Lu |