Assignment Asia Episode 16 – Tradition

Pakistan is a country deeply rooted in tradition. Millions of people make a living the same way their ancestors did generations ago. But changing times means life is not as simple as it used to be. Danial Khan travelled to Sindh Province in southeast Pakistan, where he discovered that many people are struggling to keep traditional practices alive.

High in the mountains of eastern India lies the village of Kongthong. There, people have a truly special way of calling each other, and it has nothing to do with mobile phones. But as Pearly Jacob explains, modern times and technology, are challenging the centuries-old practice.

Artists and craftspeople often have apprentices to teach their skills to, so the tradition can be passed down from one generation to the next. But in the Philippines – the ancient tattooing art of Batok – is down to its last surviving artist. Videojournalist Peter Carney met her and the young woman who hopes to keep the tradition going.

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