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The writing’s on the wall for Kabul’s street art scene

Amy Kazmin, Financial Times – 9 September 2021 Upon taking over the city, the Taliban decimated Kabul’s colourful street art which, for many, had provided a cheerful sign of hope during troubled times. In this article on the FT, Amy Kazmin looks at the outlook for arts and culture within the country under Taliban rule.…

What Are the Taliban’s Plans for Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage?

Helen Holmes, Observer – 8 September 2021 According to this article, the resurgence of the Taliban and chaotic scenes in Kabul cause uncertainty and concern over the future of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage. This concern is particularly intensified when looking at previous incidents such as that in 2001 when the Taliban destroyed the Buddha statues in…

Women Can’t Sing in Iran: One Artist’s Struggle to Be Heard

Fatemeh Hosseinzadeh, Living Life Fearless – 4 April 2021 Samaneh Mahmoudi (Naria) is an up-and-coming singer in Iran who, by law, cannot sing solo because of her gender. Samenah talks about the struggles growing up as a budding singer in a house where her parents urged her to be quiet so the neighbours wouldn’t hear. “Despite…

Commemorating 20 years since the destruction of two Buddhas of Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Ernesto Ottone R., UNESCO – 11 March 2021 Marking twenty years since the Taliban tragically destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan, this UNESCO article takes the anniversary as an opportunity to show their solidarity with the Afghan people and stress the importance of preserving cultural heritage. Read the full article here.

Acclaimed Chinese-born writer tackles feminism and sex

Humphrey Hawksley, Nikkei Asia – 3 March 2021 Passionate about women’s rights, Chinese-born novelist and British citizen Hong Ying has written historical fictional novels with themes of feminism and racy sex, and has also written an autobiography detailing the struggles of growing up in an unstable household during China’s Cultural Revolution. Her fascinating life and…

10 Traditional Trades To Support In Hong Kong Before They Disappear

Helen Yu, Tatler Hong Kong – 18 February 2021 Beneath Hong Kong’s cosmopolitan and modern exterior there are many traditional heritages that are often forgotten but are a key part of the city’s historical and cultural identity. In this article, Helen Yu shines a light on these trades, including birdcage making, mahjong tile carving and…