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Busan: A vibrant city turning into prime model for the future

Busan: A vibrant city turning into prime model for the future

BUSAN: Few cities in the world can boast of a cultural program for October as appealing as the one listed by Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city. On October 1-2, the Busan Rock Festival, Korea’s largest rock festival, returns after three years for performances at Samnak Eco Park. The multiple-award winners BTS are on their way […]

Mehran of Sindh and Iran  

Mehran of Sindh and Iran  

By Nasir Aijaz The AsiaN Representative in Pakistan Karachi: My friend Col. (R) Hassan Imam and I are nostalgic beings, as whenever we had a conversation on the phone, we used to talk of past stories related to history, heritage, culture, language and the people of Sindh. Laughingly, he often says “We are Retrophiliac, as we […]

In Kyrgyzstan, Komuz Day gives life to heritage music

In Kyrgyzstan, Komuz Day gives life to heritage music

BISHKEK: Kyrgyzstan has celebrated with great pride the komuz, a three-stringed musical instrument that has become a national icon venerated by leaders and people with a day – September 9 – dedicated to it. “The Komuz is the pride of our national culture, a special symbol of folk art,” President Sadyr Zhaparov said in his congratulations […]

Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan explore opportunities for closer ties

Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan explore opportunities for closer ties

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: Bahrain and Kyrgyzstan are set to enhance relations and expand cooperation across several areas, the Kyrgyz foreign minister has said. “Talks with HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, the Speaker and the Minister of Foreign Affairs were highly successful,” Jeenbek Kulubaev said. “There was full understanding and we had agreements […]

Bishkek’s mesmerizing parks – Where history, nature co-exist peacefully

Bishkek’s mesmerizing parks – Where history, nature co-exist peacefully

BISHKEK: Taking a stroll in Ala-Too Square, the cultural and political hotspot in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, my mind went back to a lecture delivered by Professor Hyunjoon Yoo from the College of Architecture and Urbanism, Hongik University, at the AsiaN 10th anniversary forum in Seoul. The lecture in February focused on the polarization […]

The Burana Tower: A fascinating history of grandeur in Kyrgyzstan

The Burana Tower: A fascinating history of grandeur in Kyrgyzstan

By Habib Toumi BISHKEK: In the interpretation of dreams, climbing spiral stairs is a sign that you are on the right path to spiritual growth and that good things that are coming your way. That hopeful interpretation may be great, but right now I am in a dark place, trying to climb incredibly steep stairs […]

The not so-discreet charm of Bishkek’s Osh Bazaar

The not so-discreet charm of Bishkek’s Osh Bazaar

By Habib Toumi BISHKEK: The Roman Emperor Julius Caesar may have said “Veni, vidi, vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered), but I can say “I came, I saw, I loved” when talking about my visit to Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan. My latest “love” was the Osh Bazaar, as no visit to Bishkek, the bustling capital […]

To be an engaging platform for journalists from all around the world

To be an engaging platform for journalists from all around the world

Speech by Ki Yon Kil, President & CEO of the Seoul Tourism Organization, at the World Journalists COnference (WJC2022):  “Good afternoon. I’m Ki Yon Kil, the President & CEO of the Seoul Tourism Organization. I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations of the “10th World Journalists Conference.” The World Journalists Conference not only promotes Korea […]

One hundred years after his death, Russian Poet Nikolai Gumilev resumes his travels

One hundred years after his death, Russian Poet Nikolai Gumilev resumes his travels

By Ashraf Aboul-Yazid (Ashraf Dali) Asia Journalist Association President CAIRO: Nikolai Gumilev (April 15, 1886 – August 26, 1921) was an influential Russian poet, literary critic, traveler, and military officer. He was a cofounder of the Acheist Movement in Russian poetry. He was the husband of the well-known Russian poetess and the father of researcher, […]

Ashraf Aboul-Yazid: My novels are the cherished daughters of my travel literature

Ashraf Aboul-Yazid: My novels are the cherished daughters of my travel literature

CAIRO: Ashraf Aboul-Yazid combines being a novelist, a poet, a journalist, a travel writer and an author of children’s literature with distinction in all these fields. He has worked in cultural journalism for more than three decades. He was chosen as the Cultural Personality of the Year in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation in […]

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