Word of the Year: Surreal

By Jonathan P. Eburne Each year, the editors of Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary select a “word of the year” based on the …

Religion and Materialism at the K-Spa

Natura Spa is a Jimjilbang hidden in the basement of a decadent old marble-walled department store on the corner of …

Hong Kong Noir

By Susan Blumberg-Kason When I lived in Hong Kong in the 1990s, my only interaction with the police occurred when …

Everyone Can Benefit from Mindfulness Practice

By Inger E. Burnett-Zeigler Despite the cultural perception that mindfulness is reserved for those endowed with white privilege, the practice …

VICELAND’s Desus & Mero: Late-Night Television With a Laugh (And Plenty of Thought)

By Thomas Klepacz On the Wednesday, November 30th episode of VICELAND’s new daily program Desus & Mero, the show’s two …

Journalism Without Authority: What Have We Lost?

By Steven L. Isenberg Journalism was once cloaked in a mantle of authority, offering trustworthy information and avoiding slant. Careful reportage …