From gunpowder to ice cream

Asia got there first

by Naomi Clark-Shen

Think guns were invented in America, and ice-cream in Italy? Think again! Asia is the birthplace for some of the world’s most famous creations.

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Naomi Clark-Shen / Writer

Naomi was a data journalist at Kontinentalist. She is a marine scientist who has commitment issues so works on a variety of projects. In her free time, she likes to be in the ocean, in the mountains, or in the wrestling ring.

Illustration / Joceline Kuswanto
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