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Meet China's New Image Makers

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 12:15 PM

Anyone who was living in China in the early 1990s will remember that day in September 1993 when the International Olympic Committee met in Monte Carlo to announce the site of the 2000 Olympiad. Nominally the competition was between Sydney and Beijing, but in reality Beijing's bid had mobilized the...

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What You Need to Know About the "Asian century"

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 4:21 AM

There is no question that Asia will become ever more important in the world. Whether you view it as a blessing or a disaster, the one thing that the so-called "Asian century" shouldn't be is a surprise.

People have been talking about the rise of Asia for years. The...

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Should You Trust Academic Celebrities?

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 7:00 PM

The recent row between Niall Ferguson and Paul Krugman has a certain "knights on horseback" quality to it. The political battle lines are impossible to miss: Ferguson wrote an article criticizing Obama's economic record, and Krugman called him out on his data. What separates this from any other op-ed showdown...

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Is Buddhism Agnostic?

(385) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 7:13 AM

As religions go, Buddhism can be pretty hard to grab hold of.

Ask two Buddhists what they believe, and you won't just get two different answers -- you might get three or four. On the one hand, the sheer size and diversity of the Buddhist tradition makes it impossible...

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Who Speaks for Religion?

(57) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 11:17 AM

Usually we know where to look for answers. You know where to go for the weather forecast, and who to call when your car won't start. If you need to find something more esoteric--who fought the War of the Spanish Succession, or what is the main export of Bangladesh--there's always...

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Why Doesn't Asia Have Religion?

(874) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 10:24 PM

Having spent the past 10 years writing and teaching on Asian religions, I now have something to confess:

Asia does not have religion.

"But what," you may ask, "about that college class I took on 'world religions?' We learned about Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism and Shinto. Half the class was about...

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Inside a Chinese Temple Festival (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 4:24 PM

Chinese religious life revolves around a calendar of festivals. Some festivals are celebrated by the family, but others draw together the entire community.

These two videos were taken at the festival of the goddess Mazu in Leizhou, at the very southern tip of the Chinese mainland. Mazu is a patron...

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The Evolving Understanding of Karma

(91) Comments | Posted August 13, 2011 | 8:00 AM

Having spent most of the past decade outside the United States, it is easy for me to fall behind the curve on American popular culture. Usually this doesn't feel like much of a hardship. I can't name a single American Idol, and yet somehow still find the strength to face...

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Should the United States Promote Religious Freedom?

(46) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 4:00 PM

Freedom from state-established religion is among the most cherished of American values. Yet the promotion of religious freedom abroad as an element of American diplomacy is relatively new. It was only with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, and subsequent publication of the first Annual...

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Why the Apocalypse Is So Compelling

(201) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 10:26 AM

"If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story." --Orson Welles

As we have all heard by now, American preacher Harold Camping predicted that the end would come on May 21. In his version, the end would begin with the Rapture, in which...

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The Relation Between Religion and Government in China

(38) Comments | Posted May 23, 2011 | 9:49 AM

China is again in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Highlighted by the detention of artist Ai Weiwei and Nobel-laureate Liu Xiaobo, the past few months have seen what Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner recently called a "serious backsliding" of human rights.
Even with China's growing...

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