A Look into Jeju: Living in Harmony with Nature

Jeju is a volcanic island filled with stones. Previous eruptions have produced volcanic bombs (large volcanic rocks) scattered around, covering the whole island. This is why it is difficult to cultivate crops in Jeju. Since the thirteenth century, the people...

REPfest: World Music Brought to Cambodia for the First Time

Cambodia recently hosted an international music festival, drawing artists from around Asia for three days of performances, workshops, and forums. Supported by the World Culture Open (WCO) and the Mekong Cultural Hub (MCH), REPfest was developed and presented by Cambodian...

Mat Weaving in the Maldives

Thundukunaa or traditional mat is popularly presented as a royal gift in the ancient times. Traditionally produced by women, the practice of making Maldivian traditional mat is handed down from generation to generation—mostly from mother to daughter. The women of Gaafu...

Thruebab, the Blessed Rainy Day in Bhutan

Among fifteen national festivals celebrated in Bhutan, Thruebab or Thrübab is considered a grand event observed not only by the Bhutanese but also by Tibetans. It is a spiritual event that roughly falls between 20 and 25 September coinciding the...

Pala Gaan: A Popular Traditional Bangladeshi Performing Art Form

Performed by singers in rural areas of the greater Mymensigh region and greater Dhaka region, Pala Gaan is a theatrical experimentation using a combination of indigenous references and timely rhetoric. Typically the shows begin with Guru Bandana (an artistic expression...