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Yangon, Once Frozen in Time, Inches Forward
Myanmar’s commercial capital swells with new opportunity, but is hampered by poor infrastructure, sectarian tensions, outmoded gender roles and the debilitating effects of a long-broken education system.
Blood Ivory: Hong Kong Fights A Losing Battle Against Smugglers
Chinese demand for elephant ivory is on the rise, but stopping the slaughter may depend on the semi-autonomous territory of Hong Kong.
Sitting on a Gold Mine: Will Mining Make or Break the Philippines?
The Philippine government believes bolstering extractive industries will drive growth. But religious leaders and environmentalists wonder about the cost.
American ‘Pivot’ to Asia Divides the Philippines
Recent trouble in the South China Sea has renewed debate as to whether the U.S. is a trusted friend, or an old foe.
Can a Retail “Popuphood” Revitalize Downtown Oakland?
This December, a “pop-up” neighborhood is coming to Old Oakland: three downtown blocks of hip—albeit temporary—retail shops that showcase local designers, artists and goods
Controversy Follows State Transportation Agency’s Decision to Leave Oakland
The state questions whether it’s legal for the agency ti use bridge tolls to buy a San Francisco building for its new building.
Preserving the Future: Indigenous women are standing up to Big Oil—and winning
Indigenous women challenge environmentally devastating oil extraction projects in the U.S. and Canada.
Defending the Rights of Detained Filipina Health Workers
In an unlawful and unjustified sweep, 43 health workers–including two pregnant women–were detained nine months ago in Morong, Philippines. The women and men were separated and sent to prison camps without explanation. Three women have since “disappeared.” Exclusive interview with the imprisoned healthworkers.
America’s Toughest Sheriff?
In Arizona, immigrant women bear the brunt of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s aggressive immigration enforcement tactics.
In Asia, It’s Progress not Perfection
Although Asian women leaders have often been related to previous male officeholders, that’s not the whole story of their ascension, nor does it belie the progress they’ve made.
The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion
The Asian American children of immigrant garment workers cross the assembly line.
As more consumers choose alternatives to banks, Bay Area social enterprises rise to meet their needs
Check cashing stores and payday lenders are popularly considered the domain of the unbanked and poor, but as banks increasingly shutter less profitable branches in low income communities, more low and middle income consumers are seeking out alternative financial products.
Despite promises, the Oakland Airport Connector project yields few jobs
One year after construction began, has the controversial, $484 million Oakland Airport Connector project created the jobs it promised? The answer depends on who’s calculating.
Gourmet restaurants, art galleries revive Oakland’s Auto Row on Broadway
Once a hub of automobile commerce, Broadway Auto Row is fast becoming a cultural enclave, thanks to the gentle prodding and financial investment of an eclectic group of gallerists, restaurateurs and niche shop owners who are mixing the old (and big) with the new (and small) to create a hybrid commercial corridor that keeps money flowing through the street from day to night and back again.
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