How Asia got its grin back: Ancient comedy tradition is being revived, says Nury Vittachi in new book

2016-11-24T01:14:13+08:00October 15th, 2012|authors, new books|0 Comments

Asians have a powerful sense of humour with a long history, a study says. But the region lost its ability to laugh 60 years ago and is only now regaining it. Self-deprecating humour, associated with Jewish and British comedy, existed in Asia for more than 1,000 years. In ancient China, aristocrats kept comedians in their homes, and in India, taxpayers [...]