Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

Drawn Apart

Posted on: March 2nd, 2010 by iainmarlow | No Comments

By Laura Fitch
Zhang Sihao’s life might have turned out differently if his parents hadn’t taken him to a fortune-teller when he was in his early teens. Adopting the mystic’s advice, they changed his given name from Yi to Sihao, meaning “a love of poetry.”
“Before that I was good at maths and science, says Zhang, 25. …

The Food of Palestine

Posted on: January 31st, 2010 by iainmarlow | 1 Comment

On a recent road-trip through Palestine, our correspondent had the opportunity to observe the intricate social nuances emanating from this region’s version of Arabic food — and to indulge, not only in the exquisite cuisine, but in stimulating conversation with locals on the social meanings of Palestinian food.

Interview: Ai Weiwei

Posted on: September 13th, 2009 by iainmarlow | No Comments

An interview with China’s most famous contemporary artist. In his home country Ai Weiwei is known for speaking his mind – which has won him a slew of followers and admirers, as well as detractors and critics.