ASIAN Geographic

ASIAN Geographic 2/2017

ASIAN Geographic is the bi-monthly magazine that scours the region to bring readers the most compelling stories and images from the world's largest and most diverse continent. Readers enjoy a unique melting pot of breathtaking photography and in-depth features covering culture, nature, sustainability issues and exploration into the history of this diverse region. A regular 'Exploration' segment follows brave field editors as they travel deep into Asia's unexplored regions to take readers on a journey.

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Substance, Shadow and Spirit The Spirit responds The Great Potter cannot Intervene All creation thrives of itself. That Man ranks with Earth and Heaven, Is it not because of me? Though we belong to different orders, Being alive, I am joined to you. Bound together for good or ill I cannot refuse to tell you what I know: The Three August Ones were great saints But where are they living today? Though P’eng-tsu lasted a long time He still had to go before he was ready. Die old or die young, death is the same, Wise or stupid, there is no difference. Drunk, every day you may forget, But won’t it shorten your life span? Doing good is always a joyous thing But no one has to praise you for it. Too…

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editor’s note

“Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs”Thomas Wolfe Culture defies any concrete definition – much like a play by Brecht, labouring in the pursuit of an identity, with multiple manifestations, interpretations and adaptations. This issue is an inquiry into these manifold complexities, articulated in art, music, film, religion, ritual, heritage and custom, belief and morality. Within contemporary society, there is a tension between upholding tradition and embracing modernity. This tug-of-war is felt on the Mongolian steppe, where nomadic heritage is under threat of dying out owing to urbanisation (p66). The Hae-Nyeo divers of Jeju Island face a similar challenge, where the younger generation of women has migrated towards more lucrative opportunities (p76). New cultures rise, and old ones fade away – a trend that has ignited debate amongst Taiwan’s…

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discover the silk road parts 1–3

PART1 June DUNHUANG, CHINA In June 2017, journey to Dunhuang in China, located to the west of the Hexi Corridor, a major stop on the Silk Road best known for the nearby Mogao Caves, before venturing along this iconic route with our experienced expeditions team. PART 2 September SAMARKAND & BUKHARA, UZBEKISTAN In September 2017, explore Samarkand and Bukhara in untouched Uzbekistan. A crossroad of cultures and a centre for Islamic scholarly study, Samarkand boasts a history going back hundreds of years. Bukhara, a World Heritage Site, has over 140 architectural monuments waiting to be explored. PART 3 December FATEHPUR SIKRI, INDIA In December 2017, discover Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh, India. Once the capital of the Mughal Empire, it is home to one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. An important stop for merchants navigating the…

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the new frontier

AFGHANISTAN THE WUSHU WARRIORS In a viral video clip reminiscent of a scene from Tarantino’s Kill Bill, 20-year-old wushu teacher Sima Azimi, sporting a striking black and yellow satin karategi, leads her class of women trainees in their wushu workout on a snow-splattered hilltop outside Kabul in Afghanistan. Donning pink uniforms – designed by a local tailor – with white hijabs, these young Hazara women, a mostly Shia group who speak Dari, are giving a roundhouse kick to gender stereotypes by practising this ancient form of kung fu, developed by the flying monks of the Shaolin Temple in northern China. This full-contact sport combines kick-boxing and sword fighting – with sabres and daggers. Azimi is Afghanistan’s first woman trainer in wushu, which she learnt while living as a refugee in Iran. She has earned…

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the taste of freedom

Every year, groups of young Japanese men clad in designer business suits and women donning traditional furisode (kimonos worn by single women) gather to celebrate their coming of age through a riotous – and opulent – day of celebration. Held annually on the second Monday in January, the Coming of Age Day – also called Seijin-no-Hi – allows young adults who turned 20 in the previous year (or who will do so before March 31 in the current year) to celebrate as they are officially declared “adults”, with the right to drink and smoke (and formerly, to vote, until the legislation was changed to age 18 in June 2016). The certified age marking adulthood has varied at different stages of Japanese history. During the Edo period (1603–1868), for example, boys became…

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images of asia

01 INDONESIA A young boy reveals his face beneath a topeng – an Indonesian traditional mask 02 CHINA Li women – mostly located on Hainan Island – began tattooing as a symbol of belonging; gradually, their tattoos came to signify beauty 03 INDIA The Konyak are recognised by their tattoos. Previously known as “headhunters”, they would take the heads of opposing warriors as trophies 04 SRI LANKA At Sigiriya Rock, a young girl dressed in a headscarf engages the camera 05 MYANMAR A Padaung woman of the Karen tribe peers through colourful fabric in Myanmar 06 BANGLADESH A little boy clambers onto his father’s back during Jumu’ah prayer at the second-largest Muslim congregation held in Bangladesh 07 BHUTAN Backstage activity at the Thangbi Monastery in Bumthang Province 08 QATAR During Ramadan, a young boy is held gently by his father during a canon firing, signalling…