| Oct 3, 2013
| 2:30 AM
The community was out of control -- the children, oh my goodness, the children, were sniffing gasoline and pretty much abandoning any pretense of a future -- and the social and criminal-justice systems were just adding to the problem. Nothing was working....
| Oct 5, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Those looking to vanish into an unfamiliar realm have a new vehicle: "Longing for the Past: The 78 RPM Era in Southeast Asia." The transcendent four-CD compilation and hardbound book collects nearly 100 early recordings from Burma, Cambodia, Thailand,...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 10:32 AM
Wednesday's Pictures in the News begins in Southern California, where President Obama's Affordable Care Act stumbled out of the gate with computer glitches, long hold times and an online enrollment delay for small businesses. At Corcoran State Prison,...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 11:19 AM
YANGON, Myanmar -- Downtown Yangon’s famously snarled traffic came to a halt Tuesday morning to let a truck wreathed with pink lilies pass.
It was carrying the ashes of S.N. Goenka, the noted meditation guru who died last week in Mumbai, India, at...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 8:30 AM
NEW DELHI -- Myanmar on Tuesday released 56 political prisoners, according to local media quoting government officials, part of a pledge to free all political detainees by the end of the year.
The prisoners, including more than a dozen from Myanmar&...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 1:23 PM
President Obama's decision to skip two Asia-Pacific summits this week to deal with the U.S. government shutdown and threatened debt default allowed Chinese leaders to strut the world stage as regional superpower envoys and have their way on critical...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Ethnography, existential drama and a missing-persons story combine to mostly engaging effect in Thai arthouse entry "The Isthmus." Centered on a Bangkok mother who is compelled to take her young daughter to a Thailand-Burma border town following the death...
| Jan 27, 2013
Big, bigger, biggest is not what cruising is all about in 2013.
In fact, most of this year's new ships are designed for river cruising, carrying fewer than 200 passengers.
Woodland Hills-based Viking River Cruises leads the way, introducing 10 new...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 6:06 PM
Lo Hsing Han
Ex-drug kingpin and business tycoon
Lo Hsing Han, 80, a former drug kingpin and business tycoon once dubbed the "Godfather of Heroin" by the U.S. government, died Saturday at his home in Myanmar's main city of Yangon. The cause was not...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 4:39 PM
"Some time the hating has to stop," reads the last line of "The Railway Man," a moving tale of wartime torture and forgiveness by former British prisoner of war Eric Lomax.
Lomax was a British army officer when he was captured by Japanese forces during...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 11:17 AM
Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall: Garage-rock is alive and in shin-kicking mode in this not-to-be-missed double bill of like-minded Northern California bands. They played at roughly the same time during the Pitchfork Music Festival in July, but fans won’t...
| May 5, 2013
MAE WANG, Thailand — As we sat together on a long, narrow raft of bamboo, Alexa Pham dipped her hand into the quickly moving river. "It's the really simple things," she said with a long breath, "that make it beautiful here in Mae Wang."