culture / society

China

Helping China's Elderly Catch Up With Our Information Age

BEIJING — A video is making the rounds across China's internet. On a bus in the western city of Xi'an, an elderly man is seen shouting at a pregnant woman that she should give up her seat. "I am ...

Egypt

Female Sexuality, Still A Victim Of Egypt's Patriarchy

CAIRO — A friend of mine lived alone in downtown Cairo. She was single when she moved in but after getting into a relationship, her boyfriend joined her. One day in 2012, her neighbors saw her ...

Argentina

"Fat Acceptance" In Latin America: Resisting Tyranny Of The Slim

Latin Americans call it the Movimiento Gordo, accepting weight differences as a way to resist a m...

Philippines

Call Centers, An Unlikely Refuge For Transgender Filipina Women

BPOs (business process outsourcing) companies are booming in the Philippines, and providing safe ...

India

Language Battles In India: Benefits Of A Mother Tongue Education

The number of children studying in English in India increased 273% between 2003 and 2011. But the...

Colombia

For Terminal Patients, Palliative Care Offers "Another Way To Die"

Easing pain and "old-fashioned" home care, rather than intensive hospitalization, are proving the...

China

The "Yin-Yang" And Bad Economics Of China's Movie Industry

BEIJING — Fan Bingbing, China's highest-paid actress and star of the 2014 blockbuster X-Men, recently received some unwanted public attention—an accusation of tax evasion. The Chinese actress was ...

Italy

Starbucks In Italy, Latest Stop On U.S. Food Imperialism Tour

Taco Bell in Mexico? McDonald's in Hamburg? Americans find the recipe abroad, bastardize it, ...

Mexico

Why The NAFTA Reboot Is A Raw Deal For Mexico

Proposed changes to the trilateral trade accord could scare off investors, hurt Mexican automaker...

Taiwan

Fast (School) Food! Chinese Students Forced To Eat Lunch Standing

Chairs have been removed from the cafeteria in a high school in Henan Province. The reason: save ...

Argentina

Pope Francis, Cornered Between Vatican Conservatives And Trump Allies

The Argentine pontiff, used to navigating politics in Buenos Aires, is battling at a whole differ...

India

Unraveling The Secret Of The Taj Mahal's Original Color

Indian authorities are prepared to spruce up the world famous monument and restore its ancient hu...

China

"Rich Brats" And Me: The Struggles Of Chinese Studying Abroad

BEIJING — It's that time of a year again when an ever growing number of Chinese students are leaving to study abroad. These young people attract a lot of attention, often envied by their peers ...

Argentina

Weight Of Words, What A Novelist Won't Give Away To Facebook

BUENOS AIRES — Facebook irritates me, entertains, consoles, bores and infuriates me, moves and depresses me — but above all, it exhausts me. Rewind to 2008, and I am in Pittsburgh working in a ...

Colombia

In Northern Colombia, LGBT Rights Meet Indigenous Prejudice

"Alternative" sexuality is despised in the traditionalist, native or Afro-Caribbean communities o...

Switzerland

Just A Handshake? Touchy Subject For Pious Muslims In The West

A series of recent legal cases across Europe have questioned whether those who refuse to shake ha...

Canada

In Canada And France, Hijabs In Advertising Spark Outrage

MONTREAL — The video lasted just seven seconds, but it was enough to unleash a fury of online outrage. “They could have chosen anyone else to make an ad,” one Facebook user wrote. “Things start to ...

Germany

Greetings From The Instagram Hotel

MUNICH — From a digital point of view, the Norwegian Erik Nissen Johansen is at the forefront: Even his cat has Instagram. No wonder then that the hotel designer also pays attention to Instagram ...

United States

Storm Looms For Trump After Courtroom Bombshells

The President's former lawyer pleads guilty on the same day his former campaign chairman is c...

Switzerland

Crisis In Family Care Demographics, Women Pay The Price

Women have the most to lose if governments don't start investing more in quality care service...

Poland

Boys Being Boys? Poland's Controversial Military Camps For Kids

Campers don't visit Mrzeżyno, on the Baltic Sea, to sing "Kumbaya" and eat s'mores. ...

Argentina

Pink Cocaine: New Mystery Drug Hits Buenos Aires Club Scene

"Tuci," as it's known locally, is making its mark in the Argentina. But is it really the desi...