Li Cunxin rehearsing his comeback role as Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker (Photo by David Kelly)

Mao's 'last dancer' stages a surprise encore

After swapping ballet for stockbroking 18 years ago, Li Cunxin performs again

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    Despite threat of decades in jail, artist Zunar says mission is to expose wrongs

  • Malaysian festival highlights rise of pan-Asian literature

    George Town celebrates growing status of the region's writers

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    Head of the anime studio's museum takes helm

  • Japan's 'urushi' lacquerware hits the road on two wheels

    An offbeat bike is developed to promote a traditional craft

  • Sparks and sponsorship light up Myanmar's Shan State

    Modernity meets tradition as firework-laden hot air balloons transform hilltop capital

  • Myanmar's Rakhine crisis divides literary world

    Mandalay writers festival reflects a deepening chill between Naypyitaw and the West

  • Myanmar's preservation man pursues dream museum

    Tycoon plans private museum for his vast collection of treasures

  • They arrived in Southeast Asia, built fortunes and kept secrets

    Now Peranakan descendants are trying to preserve a rich culture

  • Indian startup turns air pollutants into ink for art

    Bangalore's Graviky Labs develops tool to capture soot for recycling

  • Thailand's 'Generation Doc' puts contemporary realities on screen

    Young filmmakers lure a growing audience to tales of everyday struggles

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    Author of 'The Remains of the Day' was born in Nagasaki, grew up in UK

  • Chinese ceramic sets record price at Sotheby's auction

    Anonymous bidder pays $37.7m for Northern Song dynasty dish in Hong Kong

  • Minol Araki, painter without a home

    Years after his death, Japanese artist draws admiration in the West

  • Making Japan's heritage accessible without spoiling it

    Debate heats up over preserving cultural assets as interest surges ahead of Olympics

  • Chinese-American's 1932 painting kicks off Hong Kong sales

    Sotheby's offers celebrated Yun Gee work with $10m-$15m estimate

  • Enigmatic potters gear up for West Bengal's most important religious festival

    Kolkata's expert artisans give life to the most beloved legend

  • Southeast Asian art scene inspires Japan's creators

    Contemporary curators, artists keen on cross-border collaboration

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    Renowned musician notes internet's capacity for empowerment, disruption