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…at least not right away. Holdout properties—commonly referred to as “nail houses” in China—have been popping up with increasing frequency over the years amid the country’s prolonged urbanization efforts. As expressways, shopping malls, train stations, and high-rise condominiums continue to be built with abandon, often overlapping into residential zones...

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Gambling and funerals might seem an unlikely match, but in the Philippines the combination of the two is standard practice for many mourners. An average wake in the country lasts 5–6 days, and a portion of the cash brought in from gaming during this time often goes toward covering...

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There seems to be no limit to how risqué advertising campaigns can get around much of Asia. Whether they be successful, controversial, or just plain scratch-your-head confusing, most all seem to get plenty of attention online. Here’s a glimpse at just a handful of notables over the past few...

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What sounds more like the setup of a bad joke is, in fact, a real job in China. And it pays well, too. So-called “porn inspectors” in China can make up to US$30,000 per year sifting through smut. Some are responsible for viewing and classifying pornographic movies, while others go online...

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As of Monday, Internet users in Pakistan now have access to YouTube after a ban on the website since 2012, Reuters reports. Joining the lengthy list of countries that now have local versions of the video-sharing website, Pakistan will allow access to content, provided that it is deemed non-offensive....

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