Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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...
Young Papuans in an eastern Indonesian boom town are excited about the future, thanks to a resurgent economy. But will the good times last? Sorong is booming. With 9.3 per cent GDP growth in 2016 (almost double Indonesia’s average) and...
Following the landslide victory led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy in the 2015 national elections, Myanmar embarked on policy reforms of anti-corruption and foreign investment laws, which has led to an increase...
Governments all around the world today face the challenge of striking a balance between modernisation and the conservation of national culture and heritage. Singapore is no exception. Cultural conservation vs redevelopment in Singapore For years, Singapore has embarked on many policy initiatives...
One day in 2013, my mother suddenly called me in panic. At first, I thought something wrong had happened in my house causing her to  react like that. I held my breath, wondering, “Would it be fire attack? Robbery?...
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...
Inspired by his past, a determined refugee running a school in a Selangor suburb gives children displaced by violence the chance for a better life. Sadek Ali Hassan is a 44-year-old teacher living in Malaysia. He is also a Rohingya....
Religious extremism has been an issue in Southeast Asia for decades. Even before the September 11 attacks, when religious extremism started becoming a buzzword in security circles, Southeast Asia has been grappling with such violent extremist (and undoubtedly skewed) takes...
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...
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