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What a Singapore Strait traffic jam says about the world economy

A decade ago, the global recession created a maritime car park of ghost ships in the Singapore Strait. Now there’s a similar stockpiling of ships, but it’s more like a traffic jam, created by burgeoning demand.

6 Mar 2019 - 8:53PM
What a Singapore Strait traffic jam says about the world economy

A decade ago, the global recession created a maritime car park of ghost ships in the Singapore Strait. Now there’s a similar stockpiling of ships, but it’s more like a traffic jam, created by burgeoning demand.

Two years since Pakistan’s Gadani ship-breaking disaster, why are workers still dying?

Despite the Hong Kong Convention, dismantling ships for raw materials or parts remains a dangerous, lawless industry.

28 Oct 2018 - 8:49AM
Two years since Pakistan’s Gadani ship-breaking disaster, why are workers still dying?

Despite the Hong Kong Convention, dismantling ships for raw materials or parts remains a dangerous, lawless industry.

What makes street food clutter in Thailand, heritage in Singapore?

As street food vendors across most of Asia face an unappetising future, Singapore’s hawkers are winning Michelin stars and being put forward for Unesco recognition. That must be one super secret ingredient ...

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
What makes street food clutter in Thailand, heritage in Singapore?

As street food vendors across most of Asia face an unappetising future, Singapore’s hawkers are winning Michelin stars and being put forward for Unesco recognition. That must be one super secret ingredient ...

What’s driving the rise of the Asian food truck industry?

Taking the lead from their US counterparts, the truckers of Singapore, Japan and South Korea are taking a middle road between high-end restaurants and cheap street vendors

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
What’s driving the rise of the Asian food truck industry?

Taking the lead from their US counterparts, the truckers of Singapore, Japan and South Korea are taking a middle road between high-end restaurants and cheap street vendors

Hun Sen’s Cambodia election: like a World Cup, with just one team

As the prime minister’s rigged election seems sure to extend his 33-year reign, Cambodians despair the onset of one-party rule.

29 Jul 2018 - 3:33PM
Hun Sen’s Cambodia election: like a World Cup, with just one team

As the prime minister’s rigged election seems sure to extend his 33-year reign, Cambodians despair the onset of one-party rule.

Cambodian ‘Donut King’ who came full circle

US immigrant Ted Ngoy built a dynasty of flour and sugar that changed the fate of hundreds of his fellow countrymen seeking a better life. A sudden addiction took it all away, but it left him all the wiser decades later.

23 Jun 2018 - 11:50AM
Cambodian ‘Donut King’ who came full circle

US immigrant Ted Ngoy built a dynasty of flour and sugar that changed the fate of hundreds of his fellow countrymen seeking a better life. A sudden addiction took it all away, but it left him all the wiser decades later.

Trump-Kim summit: the English school giving North Korean defectors a voice is not holding its breath for peace

Seoul’s Teach North Korean Refugees has taught 350 escapees language skills and supported them with jobs, scholarships and college placements.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Trump-Kim summit: the English school giving North Korean defectors a voice is not holding its breath for peace

Seoul’s Teach North Korean Refugees has taught 350 escapees language skills and supported them with jobs, scholarships and college placements.

Five years after Rana Plaza disaster, are Asia’s sweatshops a thing of the past?

Industry figures say the garment factory trade has turned a corner. But even if safety has improved, wages are another matter .

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Five years after Rana Plaza disaster, are Asia’s sweatshops a thing of the past?

Industry figures say the garment factory trade has turned a corner. But even if safety has improved, wages are another matter .

South Korea’s ‘Smart City’ Songdo: not quite smart enough?

Promoted as the answer to the ills of modern-day living in Seoul, the development is overdue, overpriced and underpopulated. ‘A Chernobyl-like emptiness’, as one critic puts it.

25 Mar 2018 - 3:43PM
South Korea’s ‘Smart City’ Songdo: not quite smart enough?

Promoted as the answer to the ills of modern-day living in Seoul, the development is overdue, overpriced and underpopulated. ‘A Chernobyl-like emptiness’, as one critic puts it.

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