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The Making Of: A Fashion Campaign
One of my favorite moments leading up to this season’s fashion week was a commercial advertising shoot for Mongolian cashmere brand Emzeg Steppe. Laura Lanteri New York (formerly of Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Oscar de la Renta), provided the creative direction for Emzeg Steppe’s new advertising campaign shot by my studio, Mike Mellia Photography. The [...]
Street Art & Gender in Mongolia
Whenever I’m heading off to Mongolia for research, colleagues and friends react with a mix of bewilderment and concern — as if I’m flying away to a faraway planet. But when I send them photos from my research on the road, they get a different glimpse of Mongolia than the one in their imaginations. Take, [...]
500 Years Of Hypnotic Masks Reveal Our Eternal Obsession With Disguise
Whether it’s a helmet for the big game, a disguise for a stealthy rendezvous, a transformative adornment completing a costume, or a headpiece dutifully positioned before singing in the mirror, most of us are familiar with the otherworldly metamorphosis that goes with donning a mask. What you may not know, however, is just how far [...]
These Mongolian Wedding Costumes Are Made Entirely of Paper
There are so many things you can do with paper — you can use it to sketch, write down notes or even make planes for a badass paper airplane machine gun. But for Russian-based artist Asya Kozina, she uses this versatile medium to create intricate wedding costumes entirely made with paper.
The One Place In Asia You’re Overlooking But Shouldn’t
Jamie Metzl is a modern day renaissance man — a novelist, extreme endurance athlete, senior U.S. policy aide, and also a bonafide Asia expert.
China’s Silk Road Revival — and the Fears It Stirs — Are Deeply Rooted in the Country’s History
NEW DELHI – The phrase “Silk Road” evokes a romantic image — half history, half myth — of tented camel caravans winding their way across the trackless deserts and mountains of Central Asia. But the Silk Road is not just part of a fabled past; it is an important feature of China’s current foreign policy.
Pine Nuts: Mongol Style
As I am walking through the forest, my Mongolian friend, Baagi, throws up a bulky stick up into the branches of a pine tree. I stand cautiously back and look up to see two pinecones fall to the ground. We both run to the pinecones; they are as large as my fist. We are satisfied [...]
Mongolia: A Land of Strong Women
“My name is Nomin, and I am forty-two years old …” Nomin is the thirty-fifth woman our team has interviewed on a five-week journey across the Gobi Desert to research women’s and girls’ uses of digital technologies. When we enter her ger she sits stirring a cauldron of milk tea. She tells us that she [...]
The Global Crisis Of Child Labor, In 1 Map
There are approximately 168 million child laborers around the world, according to the International Labor Organization. A new map by British consulting firm Maplecroft offers depressing perspective on just how widespread the problem is:
Digital Hopes in Mongolia
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia — I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the front cover of the New York Times last year with the story of a Mongolian boy, titled “The Boy Genius of Ulan Bator” in the September 13th, 2013 issue. At age 13, he had built a sensor system to keep his sister out [...]
Life in a Toxic City
What is it like living in Ulaanbaatar? What is the word? Smoky. Let me start with that. If reading this article as someone who has never experienced poor air quality, here is some simple imagery to help you understand: it feels like you are trapped in a small room with a big camp fire and [...]
Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships Awards Mongolia 1st Place
The 23rd annual International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge is an eagerly-awaited event that brings the Colorado snow to life.
Support One of the World’s Last Nomadic Cultures
Mongolia is still a land where wind whips through horses’ manes as they race across a terrain of rolling green pastures. Herders roam the steppe, in tune with the seasons, their white felt tents dotting the landscape like clusters of mushrooms. But a lot of that is about to change.
Like a Hummingbird — From Chile to Mongolia
Increased cross-learning and cooperation among developing countries has been a remarkable feature of the global economy in recent decades. It’s been some time now since knowledge and technology flowed only from advanced economies (“North”) to developing ones (“South”). Not only has South-South cooperation flourished, but also lessons from South to North have come to the [...]
Globalization Comes to Mongolia
It has been 20 years since I’ve been in Mongolia, the large country of high desert plains sandwiched between China and Russia, and a lot has changed. Some of it is for the better, a lot of it for the worse. And much of it has to do with globalization.
The Difference Between Inner And Outer Mongolia
Mongolia. I just had the vaguest idea of where Mongolia was when I received a brochure announcing a trip that included Mongolia as well as Yunnan province in China. It sounded so foreign and so inviting. I’d be learning more about Genghis Khan and the Gobi Desert. I’d be sleeping in gers (the age-old nomad [...]
Tradition ‘Wrestles’ With Modernity at Mongolia’s Naadam Festival
It’s a warm July afternoon in Ugtaal County in central Mongolia, and a crowd gathers on the open steppe under a rickety bandstand. I’m here with the Vanishing Cultures Project and videographer Lauren Knapp to document the traditions of Mongolian nomadic herders. In our efforts to research the effects of globalization on this traditional culture, [...]
Last of the Nomads: How Mongolian Culture May Change Drastically Within a Generation
“I’m going to be the last herder of my family,” said Erdenemunkh, a nomad living in Central Mongolia. We were sitting in his cozy ger — or Mongolian yurt — drinking salty milk tea, a staple of the Mongolian herding diet.
The most fascinating stop on my Trans-Siberian Railroad journey across northern Asia was Mongolia, a country steeped in ancient history and the lore of Genghis Khan, a man who created a global empire. Today, Mongolia’s government is committed to rapid urban development that is pushing its capital, Ulaanbaatar full speed into the 21st century.
Coal Industry Future: Answers May Lie In The Past
As futuristic projects designed to capture carbon from coal-burning industries and store it underground have failed, the two largest consumers of the fuel, the United States and China, hope answers to limiting emissions blamed for global warming lie in the past.
CIA Website Allegedly Attacked By LulzSec Hackers
The homepage of the Central Intelligence Agency, http://cia.gov/, appeared to have been suffered an attack from a hacker group on Wednesday evening. The CIA site would not load properly and website DownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com confirmed that the site was down. However, ReadWriteWeb’s Curt Hopkins, who notes that he lives across the country from CIA headquarters, said the [...]
Driving a School Bus From New York to Mongolia
This summer, 5 companions and I will be participating in the Mongol Rally, a 10,000-mile car rally and charity fundraiser beginning in London on July 23. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean and some twenty countries thereafter, our team, 2BIG2FAIL, is raising money for Room to Read, a non-profit which focuses on literacy and gender equality in [...]
Российско-китайское партнерство против народов
России и Китаю сегодня необходимо создать четкий стратегический формат своей политики, выходящий за рамки воздержания при голосовании в Совете Безопасности по ливийской резолюции, не ограничивающийся предотвращением дополнительных мер против Ирана и поощрением безнаказанности своих традиционных союзников, таких как Сирия, а также играющий более активную роль в арабо-израильском конфликте. Россия и Китай вместе с США, Британией [...]
The Precocious Joshua Fink Makes 80% On Gold, Copper,Oil , Gas,Timber, Rare Earths
Ad-venture capitalist, explorer and discoverer of heaps of gold, copper, oil, timber and rare earths like zircon, Joshua Fink, 32, has traveled on cold war Russian helicopters to coal mines in Mongolia, gone a mile down in South African gold mines and traveled to copper mines in the middle of the jungle in the Congo.