With classical music's popularity thriving in Asia (as millions of youngsters in China in particular are studying piano and violin from early age), and with the financial difficulties facing classical music in the West, opera houses in particular (as the New York City Opera bankruptcy, the present negotiations at the Metropolitan Opera, the last minute rescue of this year's season at the Rome opera house, and the constant strikes at classical music venues in France suggest), the question is: can classical music be financed without significant government subsidies?
For about a billion revelers around the world, that means it's time to start thinking about sweets -- specifically the South Asian confections called mithai. […] "Sweets are a sign of positive things, that life is good," said Arvind Sharma, a professor of religion at McGill University. "When you offer something to god and then give it to someone to eat, it becomes sacred." Read more at Wall Street Journal (Asia)
Last week, a Globe article outlined the challenges that Canada faces in establishing itself as a trading power in the Asian region. As I read along, I suddenly thought of a scene from the movie Shrek, where the donkey character jumps in and out of view, shouting: “Oh, oh, pick me . . . oh, pick me . . . oh me . . . me, me, meeeee (donkey falls out of view)”. -Article by William Polushin