Unexpected?

LAT Japan’s economy unexpectedly slid into recession as housing and business investment declined following a sales tax hike, further clouding the outlook for the global economy. The world’s third-largest economy contracted at a 1.6% pace in the...

the new face of American immigration

…is Asian, and that’s good for America. Walter Russell Mead in the WSJ: …A report released this month by the Pew Research Center shows just how much the face of immigration has changed in the past few years. Since 2008, more newcomers to the U.S....

high heels at the beach

South Koreans like the water, but not getting tan — that makes you look like a laborer. And some ladies insist on wearing high heels instead of flip flops because they make them look taller. A fascinating read from the LAT. Pity the Chinese food delivery guy on...

South Koreans shop while they wait

PopSci Shopping on the go just got easier in South Korea. A new virtual store developed by Euro grocery giant Tesco for its line of South Korean Home Plus supermarkets lets customers browse store shelves for the products they want just as if they were in a physical...

weimar istanbul

Claire Berlinski in City Journal: …If Berlin was characterized by an endless number of political tribes, movements, and causes, from free love to vegetarianism; an endless number of social experiments, from nudism to yoga; and an endless number of artistic...