Tuesday, January 28, 2020
It's May 1998 and the Rupiah has collapsed. There are race riots in Jakarta. Chinese-Indonesian owned businesses are being targeted. In Solo, some 556km to the east of the capital, Sumartono Hadinoto, a Chinese-Indonesian businessman is worried. He knows something...
A deeply riven country tired of fighting struggles to heal from lingering political divisions. In Chiang Mai, the name Shinawatra – the family of ousted prime minister and billionaire Thaksin – has deep roots. Shinawatra Silk is a household brand, having...
The legacy of the former strongman Ferdinand Marcos pervades the Ilocos region, helping one woman devote her life to teaching. “Here in Ilocos, there’s nothing more important than ensuring your children receive a good education.” Giving children a better future has...
A batch of institutions that opened over the past decade are pushing boundaries in a region known for government censorship of art. Museums have always been both window and mirror: they provide a lens into our society while also functioning...
A Thai monk reflects on separatist violence in the country’s restive south. Before he was Phra Visuddho, he was Pisut Aungsupalee. In Thai “Pisut” means “purity”. When his master, Phra Upaseno ordained him as a monk, he took the Pali...
“Disruption” seems to be the catchword for anyone invested in the future of any industry nowadays as it defines new rules in the society. Its ubiquity stems from “disruptive innovation,” the main concept from Clayton Christensen that has intensified...
Myanmar’s biggest city presents Phyo Min Thein with transport woes, entrenched opposition and a restive population. Yangon dominates Myanmar. Whilst Naypyidaw, 320km to the north, has been the capital for the past 11 years, this vibrant port city with its...
Press freedom is now more important than ever. Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' provides an important lesson for us to learn about holding power accountable. I fully agree with renown director Steven Spielberg that there is an urgency to make his...
With photo opportunities like the Sultan of Brunei’s lavish birthday banquet, is it any wonder some of Southeast Asia’s royals have as many Instagram followers as subjects? Brunei’s Prince Abdul Mateen – 10th son of the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah –...
The under-22 men’s football tournament of the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) showcases the region’s top young talents such as Evan Dimas of Indonesia, Shahril Ishak of Singapore, and Chanathip Songkrasin of Thailand. It ought to have been their...

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