Pallavi Aiyar

Pallavi Aiyar is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Globalist.

Why I’d Rather Be A Japanese Woman Than A Japanese Man

How Japan’s culture of overwork and lack of personal space makes life even more difficult for men than women.

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Lunch in Spain

Explaining one of the world’s most unique culinary traditions.

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Contemplating Culture Wars: From the Alhambra to India

Every country I have lived in has had a history of culture wars, but at the same time also a history of cultural cross-fertilization.

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Japan: To Mask or Not to Mask?

Japan’s long history of mask-wearing may be the global future.

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“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.”

Reflections on the futility of food nationalism.

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India/Japan: The Jugaad-Shokunin Dichotomy

Why the Japan-India relationship refuses to take off.

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India: The Europe of Asia

Despite a similarity in temperament, Europe and India struggle to enhance their partnership. Why?

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Nomadland: A “Chinese” Western

This year’s big Oscar-winner indicates that the U.S. and China are two sides of the same coin.

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What’s in a Name? Or Polly’s Story

A real-life guide to the befuddling world of Chinese naming conventions.

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COVID and Mr. Modi’s Beard

Beards can be acts of masculine messaging. Narendra Modi is using his beard for identity politics.

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