Starlight Cats, a graphic novel by a DC Comics artist and his wife, features a cast of superhero Singaporean street cats and a young Singaporean girl battling rat-like aliens.
From Hyper Scape to Overwatch, more characters with Southeast Asian origins are appearing in video games – and it’s ‘only the first step’ in recognising the region’s importance in gaming, says an industry expert.
YouTube star Cupcake Aisyah uploaded her first video aged 13, and seven years later has more than 420,000 followers of her vlogs and make-up videos. She’s dealt with negative comments and her account was even hacked.
Singaporean YouTube personality and radio DJ Dee Kosh is under police investigation after at least five boys and men aged 15 to 19 accused him on social media of sexual harassment and soliciting sex.
The daughter of Indonesian pop diva Titi DJ, and a Mama music awards winner, Stephanie Poetri – who had a viral hit with her song I Love You 3000 and duetted with K-pop’s Jackson Wang – reflects on a banner year and looks ahead.
Self-taught Indonesian artist who studied law, worked in fintech, but quit to pursue her passion depicts medieval characters in a modern fantasy world.
They have personalities, hobbies, post ‘outfit of the day’ shots on Instagram, dance it out on TikTok – yet they are computer generated. Meet the virtual social media influencers of the modern age and their creators.
K-pop girl group Blackpink angered fans in India with their use of a statue of Hindu god Ganesha in the music video of their latest hit, How You Like That, and responded by removing and replacing the statue.
Recent graduate Nicole Lim found sexual health a ‘very obvious space’ for on-air conversation, given how many women might have limited access to information about a lot of issues.
Before and after images of Weibo and RED user ‘Coeyyy’ show the Chinese influencer has been heavily editing her appearance, including dramatically reducing her apparent weight, leading to criticism and fat-shaming on social media.
He’s been streamed 20 million times, opened for Khalid and British electronic band Clean Bandit, and toured with Jess Connelly. Alexbth talks about his pride in the close-knit LGBT community in conservative Malaysia.
Fans of Jaehyun, from K-pop boy band NCT, took to social media this week accusing The Straits Times of damaging the singer’s reputation over an article on his apology for enjoying a night out in Seoul amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Inspired by Tim Burton and Mark Ryden, Singaporean artist Qixuan Lim’s surreal miniature sculptures featuring baby heads and human organs in popular food items challenge ideas of beauty and tastefulness.
YouTube star Alyssa has been performing online since she was four, she’s inspired by Taylor Swift and is the youngest star to reach the Malaysian YouTube top 10, with more than 2.5 million subscribers.
The kidnap and murder of Pai Bing-bing’s teenage daughter rocked Taiwan 23 years ago. Her memories of the brutal crime rekindled by a callous social media post, the actress is making a stand ‘on behalf of all public figures’ by suing the commenter.
Winnie Zhong Feifei has had to deal with a storm of racist comments on Chinese social media due to her African heritage and mixed appearance after being selected as a contestant on reality TV show Produce Camp 2020.
Hong Kong’s Eason Chan and Taiwan’s Jolin Tsai put out a coronavirus tribute video featuring children holding signs saying ‘Thank you, China’. Hong Kong and Taiwanese medical workers were noticeably absent from the video.
Chinese social media turned on Hong Kong actress and animal rights campaigner Karen Mok, after she praised the ban on eating cats and dogs in Shenzhen, just over the border from Hong Kong. Some accused Mok of calling China ‘uncivilised’, while others supported her.
2PM’s Junho, Exo members Baekhyun and Chanyeol, and Hyeri from Girl’s Day are among many South Korean celebrities who have voiced anger, worry and calls for justice over the ongoing ‘Nth Room’ sex crimes scandal.
Singapore is the unlikely source a dark romantic comedy that talks about terrorism, sex shops and loan sharks, but online series She’s A Terrorist And I Love Her will do just that.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Malaysians have had to cancel trips and have been ordered to stay at home. Celebrities who post photos of themselves on holiday face an online backlash as the country struggles to contain the virus.
Troubled Singapore DJ Tenashar left prison in May 2019, after serving a year of an 18-month sentence for possessing drugs. Now she is back in court for failing to report to police for urine testing and accused of impersonating a social worker.
Malaysian rock band Bunkface have refused to apologise for, and indeed have defended, their song The End of Times, which includes a lyric that urges the LGBT community in Malaysia to ‘go and die’.