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History of East Asia

Idol worship

This year marks the 350th anniversary of an event Time magazine has included in its top 10 most audacious acts of piracy of all time.

Sunday, 26 February, 2012, 12:00am

Lost Colony

Lost Colony by Tonio Andrade Princeton University Press

Almost 200 years before China's humiliation in the Opium wars, the first major Sino-European conflict ended with a strikingly different result. In 1662, a shrewd anti-Qing rebel named Koxinga kicked the Dutch out of Taiwan, defeating their imposing fortress of Zeelandia on the site of today's Tainan city.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

The orphans of Manchukuo

Noriko Suzuki remembers with horror the last days of the second world war. The 16-year-old was part of a settlement of Japanese farmers in Inner Mongolia. When the Soviet army invaded the region, on August 9, 1945, she and the other Japanese fled.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

A history riddled with conflicts

1894 China and Japan intervene in Korea after a peasant uprising, sparking first Sino-Japanese war

1895 Japan wins war and imposes Treaty of Shimonoseki, which forces China out of Korea and cedes Taiwan to Japan

16 Aug 2005 - 12:00am