Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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...
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...
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 –...
As of late, there has been a spike in the number of our precious animals like tapirs, wild boars, foxes and leopard cats being killed throughout the country. These senseless killings are of no fault of the animals and...
“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...
From Thailand’s silk weaving to Malaysian songket weaving, Vietnam’s rattan woven baskets to Filipino pottery ware, Indonesia’s wood carving to Bruneian silversmithing; ASEAN truly has a vibrant range of traditional handicrafts passed down from generation to generation. We pride...
Now back in West Java with 36.7 million other Sundanese, this 28-year-old Muslim woman’s experience living in predominantly Hindu Bali highlights the problems with divisive elections. When Cindy was 15, she saw a killing in front of her school in...
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...
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...
Phuket has long been renowned for its glittering nightlife – bars and nightclubs line Bangla Road in Patong, blasting The Chainsmokers’ newest hits whilst friendly Thais approach wide-eyed tourists, recommending “ping-pong shows” with a wink. However, on 13 October...

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