Asia: Beyond the Blue Horizon

The West may be pushing the boundaries of sexual permissiveness ever outward, but Asia seems to be moving in the opposite direction. In India last week Topic A was a lip-smacking debate on the issue of on-screen kissing. South Viet Nam's government has closed down three publications this year for overly explicit descriptions of sex, and Taiwan police have arrested 763 long-haired boys and miniskirted girls since January for offending public decency. Thai officials have damned the miniskirt, and Malaysia's minister of education has ordered students "not to become slaves to Western fashion."

Most Asian societies take a love-and-let-love attitude...

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