FOR AFGHAN IMMIGRANTS, NOWRUZ CELEBRATIONS OF SPRING ARE A TASTE OF HOME | NPR's "The Salt" (Mar 21. 2017)
"The holiday that resisted regime and religious change for three millennia has also survived the sometimes-long journeys of Afghan immigrants and refugees to the United States, often via Iran, Pakistan and Turkey."
ROCK CLIMBERS LEAD THE WAY IN CHINA'S NEW MOUNTAIN PLAYGROUND | Nikkei Asian Review (Print/Online) (Feb 2017)
"Chinese travelers have always appreciated the outdoors, as attested by the amount of ancient poetry and art featuring natural landscapes, and the popularity of tourist sites such as Shigu's First Bend of the Yangtze River and Tiger Leaping Gorge. This appreciation has increased in recent years as China's air pollution problem has worsened. Many urban dwellers leave the city behind, especially in the winter months, when air quality is at its worst."
AFGHANISTAN'S 'SNEAKERNET' PROVIDES OFFLINE ACCESS TO DIGITAL CONTENT | Nikkei Asian Review (Print/Online) - Sept. 2016
The crowded central market of Kota-e-Sangi, in Kabul, is a place where you can buy anything -- fresh meat, fruit and vegetables; cheap goods from China and Pakistan; even an extra pair of hands from the day laborers who line the streets each morning.
In addition to physical goods, Kota-e-Sangi has become a central node for the "Sneakernet," the offline transfer of digital content -- games, TV shows, movies, music, apps and photographs -- that exists in locales around the world with scant access to the internet. Read online.