Rapid urbanisation has transformed Laos from a backwater to a regional hub.
Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War reminds us why America can’t make an honest film about the war it lost.
Amid the sectarian violence, life in Thailand’s troubled south resembles life everywhere else.
Despite appearances, something is missing at the heart of Thai democracy.
Ocean Vuong’s poetry describes a world of memory and desire, scarred by violence.
How Bangkok’s middle class live out their fears and fantasies in shopping malls.
Two new books from the subcontinent labour under the shadow of Salman Rushdie’s masterpiece.
The enfant terrible of Thai literature breaks rules and conventions to get to the truth.
How a poem laden with colonial clichés gained such a hold on the Western imagination?
How a French traveller stumbled upon the Miao people and discovered their unique textile culture.