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Malaysian crafter crochets her way into Hello Kitty world

As a little girl, Lee Mei Li longed to play with her elder sister’s Hello Kitty supermarket set, but to no avail ― she wasn’t even allowed to touch it. Instead, she made do with her Hello Kitty mug...

Updated : 2014.10.28 20:43

Eyes on spies

The spy show “All Quiet in Peking” has surprised everyone by infiltrating the top ranks of Chinese TV.Domestic TV productions have been losing younger viewers because of their inferior quality and f...

Updated : 2014.10.28 20:41

Designers celebrate Japan’s traditional textiles

The Sakura Collection fashion event started Sunday, in Osaka Prefecture, hosting models and designers from five Southeast Asian countries as they showcase the designers’ remarkable creations, mainly ...

Updated : 2014.10.28 20:40

Doors ‘Saigon’ opened for Filipino actress

Her “Miss Saigon” character Gigi opened the door to “amazing” opportunities for Rachelle Ann Go. Thus, although she has until May 2015 to play the jaded bar girl, the 28-year-old Filipino singer-actress said she was exploring options that would require her to either stay in London or c...

Updated : 2014.10.28 20:40

Faith, fate and economic reality

In Myanmar, people have strong religious faith. On weekends and even weekdays the major pagodas in Yangon are often packed with worshippers praying for a better life.Myanmar is also famous for its for...

Updated : 2014.10.21 20:15

Referendum for the people

Recently, a referendum was held in Scotland on whether it should become independent of the United Kingdom, or if it should stay in the union. After years of campaigning from both sides and after a con...

Updated : 2014.10.21 20:15

President Yudhoyono disappointed voters, but kept democracy intact

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (center) and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill walk together after their meeting in Jakarta on Tuesday. (AFP-Yonhap)When Joko “Jokowi” Widodo takes his ...

Updated : 2014.10.21 20:15

No end to child slavery fight for Nobel Peace laureate

Kailash Satyarthi’s journey as an activist began when he was just six ― when he saw a child of the same age polishing shoes alongside his cobbler father outside his school.“I was going to school wi...

Updated : 2014.10.14 20:38

Bringing home the Nobel

There is an image of her where she sits in an auditorium. A lone figure with a notebook and a pen, she sits surrounded by rows of empty seats covered in shiny black leather. The picture tells much abo...

Updated : 2014.10.14 20:37

Singapore volunteers talk about Ebola fight

Two infectious disease experts from Singapore have been to the heart of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to help battle the disease.Associate professor Dale Fisher and Sharon Salmon have been to Liberia twice ― in April and last month ― the only people from Singapore to do so. They join...

Updated : 2014.10.14 20:37

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