As an Australian, I feel ambivalent about Bali. No doubt, the "island of the gods" is beautiful and its culture is charming, plus it's difficult to dislike a place that has surf every day and an average annual temperature of 28 degrees Celsius.Friday, 7 September, 2012, 5:28pm
Shahrul Idzman, or Lolong as he's affectionately known, goes through his moves with a confidence and conviction that belie his age. At eight, he's the youngest dancer in a troupe from Semporna, a small coastal town in Malaysia's eastern Sabah state.18 Jun 2007 - 12:00am
The blend of Chinese and indigenous cultures from colonial days is thriving
A RETRO TREND is definitely 'in' among Indonesian urban youths these days. It isn't the swinging 1960s or the trashy 1980s style but something older. The taste of Peranakan Chinese - the mix of Chinese and indigenous cultures that thrived during the Dutch colonial era - is making a comeback.17 Aug 2006 - 12:00am
If Southeast Asian history, colour and antique shopping are your bag, and you find yourself in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur, you're in luck. Melaka, a 90-minute drive south and once a bewitching jewel that entranced the seafaring European nations, is today a showcase of Malay, Portuguese, Dutch, British and Chinese architecture and culture.15 Feb 2006 - 12:00am
The death toll in an outbreak of ethnic violence in Indonesian Borneo went above 60 yesterday.
Security forces, outnumbered by warring villagers, are struggling to control the trouble, which has seen three villages razed to the ground in the northwest of Kalimantan province.20 Mar 1999 - 12:00am
A war of words has erupted over this year's National Day slogan, which critics say translates to 'culture makes you tired'.
But the Government insists budaya penentu kecapaian, the three Malay words providing the theme for the anniversary of independence celebrations on August 31, mean 'culture determines [or, is the path to] achievement'.1 Jun 1996 - 12:00am
INDONESIA'S population is estimated to have reached 189 million in 1993, making it the fourth most populous nation in the world after China, India and the United States.
The indigenous population is mainly of Malay extraction, although about 300 ethnically-distinct groups exist alongside generations of settlers of Chinese, Arabic and Eurasian descent.17 Aug 1995 - 12:00am
SINGAPORE is home to many Asian communities who have blended harmoniously into society.
This diversity has enhanced the state's social, cultural and economic life in various ways.
Most of the population is Chinese, but this community is made up of those who have come from different parts of China.9 Aug 1995 - 12:00am