Per Liljas

Per Liljas has been writing about Africa, Latin America and the United States, but for most of the past decade he has been covering South and Southeast Asia. Between 2013 and 2016 he loved calling Hong Kong home, while working mainly for Time Magazine. Now in Auckland, he keeps travelling back. For stories, of course, but also for the buzz, for friends, and all the delicious food that sets this part of the world apart from everywhere else.
Per Liljas
Per Liljas has been writing about Africa, Latin America and the United States, but for most of the past decade he has been covering South and Southeast Asia. Between 2013 and 2016 he loved calling Hong Kong home, while working mainly for Time Magazine. Now in Auckland, he keeps travelling back. For stories, of course, but also for the buzz, for friends, and all the delicious food that sets this part of the world apart from everywhere else.

Latest from Per Liljas

Asian demand for cement destroys stunning cliffs in Cambodia – pulverised for their limestone

Across the continent, a construction boom is driving record demand for a core constituent of cement – limestone – resulting in the utter destruction of unique and fragile ecosystems.

9 Jul 2018 - 10:50AM

Across the continent, a construction boom is driving record demand for a core constituent of cement – limestone – resulting in the utter destruction of unique and fragile ecosystems.

Asian demand for cement destroys stunning cliffs in Cambodia – pulverised for their limestone
The human cost of Australia’s offshore detention centres, where freedom does not equal opportunity

Australia has long exiled asylum seekers on the remote island of Manus. Now ‘free’, the men suffer violence, depression and isolation. If not for whistle-blowers like Behrouz Boochani, their plight might never have been known

30 Apr 2018 - 10:16AM

Australia has long exiled asylum seekers on the remote island of Manus. Now ‘free’, the men suffer violence, depression and isolation. If not for whistle-blowers like Behrouz Boochani, their plight might never have been known

The human cost of Australia’s offshore detention centres, where freedom does not equal opportunity
Midwife crisis: Laos slashes maternal mortality but Trump defunding threatens the progress made

Medical training has reduced maternal and infant mortality rates in rural Laos. US president’s decision to cease funding UN body behind the programme, over accusation it backs forced sterilisations in China, could undo all the good work

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Medical training has reduced maternal and infant mortality rates in rural Laos. US president’s decision to cease funding UN body behind the programme, over accusation it backs forced sterilisations in China, could undo all the good work

Midwife crisis: Laos slashes maternal mortality but Trump defunding threatens the progress made
Could Thailand, which gave world the bong, legalise cannabis for medicinal use? After failed war on drugs, attitudes have softened

Thaksin Shinawatra considered legalising marijuana, and recently a justice minister aired same idea, amid mounting evidence of its medicinal benefits. If it happened, it could be a game changer for drug policy in Southeast Asia

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Thaksin Shinawatra considered legalising marijuana, and recently a justice minister aired same idea, amid mounting evidence of its medicinal benefits. If it happened, it could be a game changer for drug policy in Southeast Asia

Could Thailand, which gave world the bong, legalise cannabis for medicinal use? After failed war on drugs, attitudes have softened
Ready to bail: Kiribati struggles to keep its population afloat

As rising sea levels threatens its existence, the Pacific nation – one of the lowest-lying countries in the world – is preparing to evacuate its population, writes Per Liljas. Pictures by Jonas Gratzer.

16 Jan 2017 - 1:52PM

As rising sea levels threatens its existence, the Pacific nation – one of the lowest-lying countries in the world – is preparing to evacuate its population, writes Per Liljas. Pictures by Jonas Gratzer.

Ready to bail: Kiribati struggles to keep its population afloat