Naomi Gingold

The World

Naomi is a freelance journalist who's lived and worked across Asia and the US.

Naomi Gingold has lived and worked across Asia and the US. Her reporting covers a wide range of areas but specialties include: technology, international affair/politics, health, and the arts. She also has a background in music production and will be always on the lookout for the perfect bridge to play Pooh Sticks. 

Former barrack turned into a house in nearby town of Parker, Arizona.

Japanese Americans weren’t the only US citizens housed in camps


This is why the head of Indian Affairs offered up a Colorado reservation as a site to imprison Japanese Americans during World War II.

The Hi Jolly Monument in Quartzsite, Arizona.

One of America’s first Syrian immigrants helped conquer the West — with camels

Hilda Tresz at the Rostov Zoo in Russia. Tresz works with zoos around the world to consult on animal welfare.

How to bring out the wild in zoo animals

On the 15th anniversary of the hate crime shooting of Sikh American Balbir Singh Sodhi, about 130 people gathered at his gas station in Phoenix to remember and pay tribute.

The brother of one of the first hate-crime victims post 9/11 keeps on teaching tolerance

An eye-catching poster from the student group SEALDs, featuring founding member, Wakako Fukuda (right).  SEALDs (Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy) has changed the image of protesters in Japan, and made it okay to speak out.

The student group in Japan that’s made it cool to protest

Hikaru Utada

Utada Hikaru upended the Japanese music scene like no one before — or since


Utada Hikaru was the first Japanese musician to do it all. Sing, write and be a pop star. She quickly became one of the country’s most successful musicians — a position no one has managed to take from her.

Bart (l) -- aka Kyaw Moe Khine -- with his street art crew ROAR. Bart says battling with teachers over his art work helped develop his rebellious streak.

A Burmese atheist who takes inspiration from George Carlin and Bart Simpson


In Buddhist-majority Myanmar, sometimes it’s better to be an atheist than a Muslim.

A taxi in Yangon decorated for Myanmar's election: a picture of Aung San Suu Kyi (l), and her late father, Aung San (r), who is revered as the father of modern Burma.

He’s still a rock star in Burma, 7 decades after his death

Global Politics

Around the world, Aung San Suu Kyi is seen as the symbol of the fight for freedom in Myanmar. But inside the country, she shares the spotlight with her father, who won independence from Britain but was felled by an assassin.

Taio Kaneta with his signature "Cafe de Monk" truck that he uses for his pop-up cafes. As a Buddhist monk, Kaneta wanted to offer something special to those still reeling from the triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.

At Cafe de Monk, tsunami survivors can get coffee, cake and someone to listen to their woes


Nearly five years after the tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan, thousands of people still haven’t been able to put their lives back together. So a Japanese Buddhist monk developed with a pop-up cafe to cater to their needs.

Sexism rampant in Japanese politics

Hurry up and get married? Comments sparked furor in Japan. But little more.

Global Politics

A male lawmaker apologized after trying to put down an assertive female colleague. A year later, though, little has changed.