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K-pop vies with J-pop in Indonesia

As most Indonesian children, especially those in urban centers like Jakarta, are exposed from a young age to manga (Japanese comic books) and anime (Japanese animation), J-pop (Japanese pop culture) h...

Updated : 2014.09.23 20:35

What was it like to be a child of colonial rulers in Malaya?

The opulent sitting room in the Majestic Hotel’s old wing is an apt place indeed to listen to tales of growing up in post-World War II Malaya. Apart from the fact that the hotel is a fine example of ...

Updated : 2014.09.23 20:34

How safe is ASEAN?

The current global economic climate offers limited trade and investment options for businesses seeking much-needed growth. The economies of the traditional regional giants (North America and the European Union) have mainly stood still or contracted in the last five years. Apart from China,...

Updated : 2014.09.23 20:32

Addressing palm oil concerns in Malaysia

It is the world’s most consumed and used vegetable oil, yet it has come under more intense scrutiny and has been criticized more than any other type of oils and fats. What is it about palm oil that d...

Updated : 2014.09.16 20:35

Challenges and charms of real bookstores

Brick-and-mortar bookstores are facing hard times as Amazon and other online retailers offer convenience and lower prices. Nevertheless, many real bookstores are making serious efforts to win customer...

Updated : 2014.09.16 20:34

Chinese media find local stars more bankable

Jiang Wen, Li Yuchun and Fan Bingbing might not be household names in the West, but when China’s top editors at fashion and lifestyle magazines want to sell more copies, they approach the three stars...

Updated : 2014.09.16 20:33

Life as a cosmetics mule in H.K.

Every six months or so, whenever I return to my family home in Tianjin, China, from Hong Kong where I now live, I cross the airport customs surreptitiously with all sorts of intoxicating products stow...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:06

Lessons from ‘Voltes V’ still resonate

When I was growing up in a suburb south of Manila, there was one year when a specific hour of a specific day of the week commanded an unrivaled reverence among prepubescent boys.At 6 p.m. every Friday...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:05

Guide dog endures pain of stabbing in silence

SAITAMA, Japan (The Japan News) ― A male guide dog was stabbed in Saitama in late July while assisting a 61-year-old man commuting to his office in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, it has been learned....

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:04

Indian leader Modi dressed for success

Early this month, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to the stage in the town of Leh in Ladakh region wearing a gold-colored robe teamed with a maroon waist sash, and a cap with upturned flaps on...

Updated : 2014.08.26 20:27

Doubts raised over cheap car assembly plan in Vietnam

A Vietnamese auto company’s plan to assemble and sell the world’s cheapest car in Vietnam has been met with skepticism as the market seems lukewarm to cheap cars.TMT Motor, a prominent importer and assembler in the capital city, has announced on its official website cuulongmotor.com that...

Updated : 2014.08.26 20:26

Writer Mahtab Narsimhan chases perfection

Mahtab Narsimhan (The Star)A hidden note placed in a tiffin carrier. A split-second accident. A secret lost.This is how Mahtab Narsimhan’s “Tiffin” starts. And in a sense, it’s how it ends.It’s 1...

Updated : 2014.08.19 20:21

A love story like a fairy tale

Li Kangyu has not left his house for 30 years. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, he has been paralyzed and bedridden since he was seven.But his life took an unexpected turn for the better when he m...

Updated : 2014.08.19 20:20

Ahok set to be Jakarta’s first Chinese governor

During the recent month-long presidential election campaign, a striking banner appeared across the capital with a silhouette of candidate Prabowo Subianto in a songkok.It read: “Jokowi remains govern...

Updated : 2014.08.19 20:19

Wan Azizah: Rise of a reluctant politician

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (The Star/Asia News Network)Before 1998, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail already wore many hats. She was kept busy as a surgeon, a volunteer at a cancer organization, a mother of six child...

Updated : 2014.08.13 21:29