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Stephanie Poetri, Indonesian pop star, on her breakout year – a viral song on YouTube and Spotify, a duet with Jackson Wang – and what’s to come

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.

30 Jul 2020 - 6:36PM

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.

Stephanie Poetri, Indonesian pop star, on her breakout year – a viral song on YouTube and Spotify, a duet with Jackson Wang – and what’s to come
Indonesian artist blends the medieval and the modern in digital art inspired by Hieronymus Bosch

Self-taught Indonesian artist who studied law, worked in fintech, but quit to pursue her passion depicts medieval characters in a modern fantasy world.

12 Jul 2020 - 8:54AM

Self-taught Indonesian artist who studied law, worked in fintech, but quit to pursue her passion depicts medieval characters in a modern fantasy world.

Indonesian artist blends the medieval and the modern in digital art inspired by Hieronymus Bosch
Instagram influencer, singer and model – and computer generated: rise of the virtual kings and queens of social media

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.

8 Jul 2020 - 10:35AM

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.

Instagram influencer, singer and model – and computer generated: rise of the virtual kings and queens of social media
Blackpink use Ganesha statue in hit music video, and are accused of exploiting Indian religion and culture

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.

7 Jul 2020 - 5:33PM

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.

Blackpink use Ganesha statue in hit music video, and are accused of exploiting Indian religion and culture
Singapore sexual health podcast host feels she’s meeting the needs of modern Asian women in conservative communities

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.

6 Jun 2020 - 12:58PM

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.

Singapore sexual health podcast host feels she’s meeting the needs of modern Asian women in conservative communities
Rising Chinese influencer fat-shamed after extreme photo editing revealed on social media

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.

6 Jun 2020 - 6:26PM

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.

Rising Chinese influencer fat-shamed after extreme photo editing revealed on social media
Queer Malaysian singer Alextbh on embracing his sexuality, living in a conservative society and going global

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.

27 May 2020 - 7:18PM

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.

Queer Malaysian singer Alextbh on embracing his sexuality, living in a conservative society and going global
Fans of NCT member Jaehyun attack The Straits Times over story they say damages K-pop star’s reputation

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.

21 May 2020 - 12:50PM

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.

Fans of NCT member Jaehyun attack The Straits Times over story they say damages K-pop star’s reputation
Singaporean artist Qixuan Lim’s Tim Burton-inspired sculptures challenge ideas of beauty and tastefulness

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.

14 May 2020 - 8:34PM

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.

Singaporean artist Qixuan Lim’s Tim Burton-inspired sculptures challenge ideas of beauty and tastefulness
How Malaysian YouTube star Alyssa Dezek became the country’s youngest top 10 YouTube performer aged 12, and her plans for the future

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.

13 May 2020 - 7:36PM

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.

How Malaysian YouTube star Alyssa Dezek became the country’s youngest top 10 YouTube performer aged 12, and her plans for the future
Taiwanese singer-actress Pai Bing-bing spent 15 years wiping away memories of daughter’s murder. A crass social media post revived the trauma

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.

25 Apr 2020 - 4:21PM

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.

Taiwanese singer-actress Pai Bing-bing spent 15 years wiping away memories of daughter’s murder. A crass social media post revived the trauma
African-Chinese TV show contestant target of racist attacks on social media

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.

16 Apr 2020 - 4:13PM

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.

African-Chinese TV show contestant target of racist attacks on social media
Jolin Tsai and Eason Chan’s coronavirus tribute video slammed on social media, accused of being pro-China propaganda

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.

14 Apr 2020 - 2:25PM

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.

Jolin Tsai and Eason Chan’s coronavirus tribute video slammed on social media, accused of being pro-China propaganda
Chinese social media attacks Hong Kong star Karen Mok for supporting ban on eating dogs and cats

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.

8 Apr 2020 - 2:51PM

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.

Chinese social media attacks Hong Kong star Karen Mok for supporting ban on eating dogs and cats
K-pop stars speak out on Nth Room, Telegram porn scandal, urging strong punishment for those involved

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.

31 Mar 2020 - 3:48AM

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.

K-pop stars speak out on Nth Room, Telegram porn scandal, urging strong punishment for those involved
Singaporean dark comedy about terrorism, sex shops and loan sharks pushes boundaries of what’s acceptable in Lion City

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.

24 Mar 2020 - 5:09PM

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.

Singaporean dark comedy about terrorism, sex shops and loan sharks pushes boundaries of what’s acceptable in Lion City
Crazy rich Malaysians: ‘insensitive’ celebrities face social media backlash for travelling during coronavirus pandemic

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.

23 Mar 2020 - 5:44PM

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.

Crazy rich Malaysians: ‘insensitive’ celebrities face social media backlash for travelling during coronavirus pandemic
A year out of prison and Singapore DJ Tenashar is back in court, accused of missing urine tests and cheating by impersonation

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.

17 Mar 2020 - 8:01AM

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.

A year out of prison and Singapore DJ Tenashar is back in court, accused of missing urine tests and cheating by impersonation
‘Go and die’: Malaysian rock band stand by anti-LGBT lyrics despite accusations of homophobia

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’.

10 Mar 2020 - 2:59PM

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’.

‘Go and die’: Malaysian rock band stand by anti-LGBT lyrics despite accusations of homophobia