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The Soft Power Limits of Chinese Theravada Buddhism

Chinese Theravada Buddhism is in no position to serve as a tool of soft power for the state. For centuries Yunnan has served as China’s gateway to Southeast Asia. Besides trade, an important component of this linkage is the exchange of religion and religious groups, in this case Theravada Buddhism. Since its 7th century arrival […]

Burma’s Chin Tribe – tattooed young girls to make them ugly so they won’t be kidnapped

Inside Burma’s Chin tribe where women have spent a lifetime scarred by a barbaric tradition High in the mountains of Myanmar lives the Chin tribe whose women still bear the scars of a barbaric ancient tradition. When they were aged 12 to 14, these women had their faces tattooed in a painstaking process that took […]