Japan Doesn’t Want to Become Another Casualty of English
English skills bring status, but the public remains stubbornly bad at learning.
Today’s Coronavirus Anger Can Revive Tomorrow’s Welfare State
Under the right conditions, social frustration can herald the dawn of new political solidarity.
How a Samsung Heiress Helped Make ‘Parasite’ a Triumph
Miky Lee’s money and influence turned South Korean cinema into a powerhouse.
Northern Ireland Is in a Culture War. Brexit Is Making It Worse.
Nationalists and unionists are in a battle for cultural supremacy, complicating the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU.
Outrage Culture Is Ruining Foreign Policy
As the 2020 presidential campaign heats up, U.S. politics is getting harder and harder to explain to the rest of the world.
Pope Francis’s Heretical Pasta
Matteo Salvini and the Italian far-right have found a new target in their crusade to marginalize Muslims: pork-free tortellini.
Let a Thousand Mulans Bloom
The upcoming Disney film is already a cultural battleground. But China’s most famous heroine thrives in many tellings.
Thousands of years ago, the ancient Greeks anticipated robots and artificial intelligence—and they didn’t trust them.
You Can’t Defeat Nationalism, So Stop Trying
There are deep reasons that imagined communities will always be a powerful reality in international politics.
Archie Windsor Isn’t the Symbol You Think He Is
The newest royal baby represents his country's future identity: not multicultural, but overwhelmingly mixed-race and entirely British.
The Ilkhom Theatre Company has kept freedom alive in Uzbekistan since before the fall of the Soviet Union.
‘This Restoration Will Take at Least a Decade’
Despite being spared the worst, Notre Dame is not out of danger, says the building expert Caroline Bruzelius.
What if Israel Threw a Eurovision Party and Nobody Came?
A glitz and glam song competition turns political.
Jia Zhangke’s "Ash Is Purest White," socially critical yet officially sanctioned, strikes a middle path for Chinese cinema.
Why Did the State Department Just Spend $84,375 on a Sculpture by Bob Dylan?
The purchase represents the cultural aspects of U.S. diplomacy for some and lavish and wasteful spending for others.
Putin’s Public Enemy
The Kremlin is going after Russian rappers, but the government can't control a culture it doesn't understand.
How the Mighty Have Fallen
Israeli literary icon Amos Oz died on Dec. 28 at age 79. Author Ayelet Tsabari considers his legacy.
Poetry for the Masses
1,200 newly translated poems from Bertolt Brecht offer an unexpected survival guide for difficult times.