The Next Sushi

Speaking of food, now that sushi has been globalized, GOOD Magazine asks: which regional dish will become the new new thing? I vote for mangosteens. Or bibimbap. Or dosas. (Via World Hum.)

Roger Cohen: The baton passes to Asia

Roger Cohen in the IHT: HONG KONG: It’s the end of the era of the white man. I know your head is spinning. The world can feel like one of those split-screen TVs with images of a suicide bombing in Baghdad flashing, and the latest awful market news coursing along the bottom, and an ad […]

Thaksin, Manchester City, and Football in Thailand

What does ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s recent return to Thailand mean for Manchester City, the English Premier League team he purchased during his exile? What does his return mean for football (soccer) in Thailand? That was the subject of an AFP story that I wrote last week. You can find it on Yahoo News […]

Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, and…Thailand?

It’s been a tense week in the Andes. On Saturday, Colombian forces launched a surprise raid on a camp inside the Ecuador border and killed a senior FARC member. The result has been an ongoing diplomatic kerfuffle between Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela. AFP has a run-down of the events: “Regional tensions rise after Colombia raid […]

“Autos Katrina” For Sale in Bolivia

A recent episode of Marketplace — one of my favorite podcasts — contained an excellent story from Ruxandra Guidi. It’s about how cars that were damaged by hurricane Katrina have ended up for sale in Bolivia. While the automobiles may look fine, many are mechanically beyond repair.

Khao San Road Goes Upscale: My Story in Today’s New York Times

I’ve got a travel story in today’s New York Times. It’s about how Bangkok’s legendary Khao San Road, long a meeting place for backpackers, now offers a variety of upscale amenities.

Bolivia, FIFA, and Globalization

Simon Romero had an excellent story in the New York Times yesterday about Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, fighting to defeat the high-altitude soccer ban I mentioned recently. I particularly like the lede (as well as the delightful image, above): Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, donned a green jersey the other day, watched a llama […]

The Globalization of Sushi

Jay McInerney reviews two new books that “attempt to account for the transformation of sushi from a provincial street snack to the international luxury cuisine of the 21st century.” (Cartoon via.)

A Cultural Map of the World

Strange Maps on the Inglehart-Welzel Cultural Map of the World: On this map, East and West Germany are next to each other, as one would expect. But Romania’s closest neighbour is Armenia? And Poland and India are side by side? Well, this is not a straightforward geographical map, but a cultural one. It plots out […]

Bhutan: Opening Up?

Here’s a great IHT story by Somini Sengupta about outside influences creeping into Bhutan. Once, Bhutan guarded itself from the world outside so ardently that it allowed in satellite television only seven years ago. Today, globalization is officially sanctioned, and it is rushing in fast. Today, at least here in the capital, outside and inside […]