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Review | Burma’s Voices of Freedom: an exhaustive account of the rise and fall of Aung San Suu Kyi

In Burma’s Voices of Freedom, author Alan Clements uses his perspective as a former Buddhist monk to examine how and why the Nobel peace laureate became a global icon, before the Rohingya crisis tainted her legacy.

In Burma’s Voices of Freedom, author Alan Clements uses his perspective as a former Buddhist monk to examine how and why the Nobel peace laureate became a global icon, before the Rohingya crisis tainted her legacy.

5 Aug 2020 - 3:01PM
Review | Fearless feminist travel writer Sanmao finally gets translation for Western audiences

A role model far head of her time, the Beijing-born, Taiwan-raised writer became a beacon for Chinese women of a certain age.

A role model far head of her time, the Beijing-born, Taiwan-raised writer became a beacon for Chinese women of a certain age.

14 Nov 2019 - 1:39PM
Are tropical islands in Myanmar Asia’s last untouched paradise?

Lack of infrastructure has protected the Myeik Archipelago in the Andaman Sea from the ravages of tourism, but for how much longer?

Lack of infrastructure has protected the Myeik Archipelago in the Andaman Sea from the ravages of tourism, but for how much longer?

6 Apr 2018 - 4:18PM
Review | Book review: a gentle cook’s tour of Yunnan by WildChina’s Zhang Mei

The travel company founder takes a culinary tour of the place she grew up in, cooking and eating and collecting recipes, but her book comes most alive when she shares her bittersweet memories

The travel company founder takes a culinary tour of the place she grew up in, cooking and eating and collecting recipes, but her book comes most alive when she shares her bittersweet memories

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Myanmar's once-booming film industry gears up for act two

A recent spate of productions by fearless Myanmese documentary makers has raised hopes of a renaissance in the country's moribund film industry, finds David Eimer.

A recent spate of productions by fearless Myanmese documentary makers has raised hopes of a renaissance in the country's moribund film industry, finds David Eimer.

16 Jan 2016 - 8:51PM
Book review: When Clouds Fell From the Sky - Cambodia's terror dissected

Estimates of the number of people who died during the Khmer Rouge's murderous rule in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979 range from 1.7 million to 2.2 million, around a quarter of the population at the time.

Estimates of the number of people who died during the Khmer Rouge's murderous rule in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979 range from 1.7 million to 2.2 million, around a quarter of the population at the time.

9 May 2015 - 10:37PM
Living with the dead: the cemetery shacks of Phnom Penh

Thousands of Cambodia's most destitute have taken up residence in the capital city's cemeteries, turning them into makeshift villages that are breeding grounds for disease and abuse.

Thousands of Cambodia's most destitute have taken up residence in the capital city's cemeteries, turning them into makeshift villages that are breeding grounds for disease and abuse.

7 Feb 2015 - 10:25PM
Thailand's laws being used more often to silence journalists

Thailand's restrictive laws on criminal defamation and computer crimes are increasingly being used to silence both the foreign and local media and human rights activists.

Thailand's restrictive laws on criminal defamation and computer crimes are increasingly being used to silence both the foreign and local media and human rights activists.

2 Feb 2015 - 4:29AM
Book review: The Phantom Lover and Other Thrilling Tales of Thailand - chills for thrills

Asian horror fiction is an expanding, yet still relatively unknown genre. Its rise follows the trend for Southeast Asia noir, and an increasing number of movies that use Bangkok's sultry streets as a backdrop for tales of crime and the supernatural.

Asian horror fiction is an expanding, yet still relatively unknown genre. Its rise follows the trend for Southeast Asia noir, and an increasing number of movies that use Bangkok's sultry streets as a backdrop for tales of crime and the supernatural.

3 Jan 2015 - 9:04PM
Cambodian movie industry's glory days are returning

Nation's cinema is attracting a global audience as young filmmakers give a nuanced voice to its post-Khmer Rouge recovery, writes David Eimer.

Nation's cinema is attracting a global audience as young filmmakers give a nuanced voice to its post-Khmer Rouge recovery, writes David Eimer.

10 Dec 2014 - 4:21PM
Book review: Hun Sen's Cambodia by Sebastian Strangio

Cambodia is haunted by its past. Angkor Wat stands as a potent reminder of the past glories of the Khmer empire that dominated much of Southeast Asia between the ninth and 15th centuries, but it is the killing fields scattered around the country, a result of the four years in the 1970s when Pol Pot and the genocidal Khmer Rouge ruled, that are the abiding image of the nation in more recent times.

Cambodia is haunted by its past. Angkor Wat stands as a potent reminder of the past glories of the Khmer empire that dominated much of Southeast Asia between the ninth and 15th centuries, but it is the killing fields scattered around the country, a result of the four years in the 1970s when Pol Pot and the genocidal Khmer Rouge ruled, that are the abiding image of the nation in more recent times.

8 Nov 2014 - 11:11PM
Book depicts Thai monarch as pawn of country's elite

A new book claims Thailand's elite has long manipulated the monarchy for its own gains, leaving ordinary Thais out in the cold, writes David Eimer.

A new book claims Thailand's elite has long manipulated the monarchy for its own gains, leaving ordinary Thais out in the cold, writes David Eimer.

4 Oct 2014 - 11:16PM
Sleeping beauty: lazy ‘Burmese days’ in Mawlamyine

Immortalised by Rudyard Kipling, the Myanmese city of Mawlamyine is waking up to a new day, writes David Eimer. Pictures by Andrew Chant.

Immortalised by Rudyard Kipling, the Myanmese city of Mawlamyine is waking up to a new day, writes David Eimer. Pictures by Andrew Chant.

16 Mar 2014 - 12:30AM
Vann Molyvann: the unsung hero of Phnom Penh architecture

Little known among his countrymen, the Cambodian architect's imprints on Phnom Penh are nevertheless iconic. His buildings mostly survived the Khmer Rouge but are now at risk from chaotic town planning, corruption and greed, writes David Eimer.

Little known among his countrymen, the Cambodian architect's imprints on Phnom Penh are nevertheless iconic. His buildings mostly survived the Khmer Rouge but are now at risk from chaotic town planning, corruption and greed, writes David Eimer.

8 Feb 2014 - 10:46PM
Thai military caught between rock and hard place as unrest continues

The one constant in Thai politics is the military. While the country's political parties mutate on a regular basis - the ruling Puea Thai party has changed its name three times since it was originally founded in 1998 by Thaksin Shinawatra - it is Thailand's army that has long held the reins of power.

The one constant in Thai politics is the military. While the country's political parties mutate on a regular basis - the ruling Puea Thai party has changed its name three times since it was originally founded in 1998 by Thaksin Shinawatra - it is Thailand's army that has long held the reins of power.

18 Jan 2014 - 5:13AM
Thai protest leader Suthep a son of the elite with an axe to grind

Most people faced with potential treason charges would be in hiding or running for their lives. But not Suthep Thaugsuban, the former deputy prime minister turned street protester, who has emerged as the key figure in the political turmoil currently engulfing Thailand.

Most people faced with potential treason charges would be in hiding or running for their lives. But not Suthep Thaugsuban, the former deputy prime minister turned street protester, who has emerged as the key figure in the political turmoil currently engulfing Thailand.

1 Dec 2013 - 6:23AM
Yingluck Shinawatra, the 'puppet' hanging by a thread in Thailand

Mention the name of Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's prime minister, to any of the hundreds of anti-government protesters occupying Bangkok's Ministry of Finance and a torrent of abuse follows.

Mention the name of Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's prime minister, to any of the hundreds of anti-government protesters occupying Bangkok's Ministry of Finance and a torrent of abuse follows.

27 Nov 2013 - 10:52AM
Karen refugees in Mae La camp live in fear of forced return to Myanmar

The only home that 15-year-old Kaw Wah has ever known is the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand's Tak province. It sits close to the frontier with Myanmar, but Kaw Wah has not visited the country his parents hail from.

The only home that 15-year-old Kaw Wah has ever known is the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand's Tak province. It sits close to the frontier with Myanmar, but Kaw Wah has not visited the country his parents hail from.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
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