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Malaysia artisanal mooncake makers keep baking into old age for the love of the job

They launched chocolate and butter mooncakes in Malaysia and at their peak turned out 100,000 a year; now couple and their daughter work at a smaller scale, hand-making the seasonal treats in batches as small as four dozen.

16 Sep 2018 - 10:19PM

They launched chocolate and butter mooncakes in Malaysia and at their peak turned out 100,000 a year; now couple and their daughter work at a smaller scale, hand-making the seasonal treats in batches as small as four dozen.

Malaysia artisanal mooncake makers keep baking into old age for the love of the job
Blowpipes for handbags: Malaysia tribe driven from forest weave handicrafts to pay for food and children’s education

Indigenous Penan communities in Malaysian Borneo are building a life for their youth by using the traditional weaving techniques they are known for to sell a variety of goods through local charity Helping Hands Penan.

4 Sep 2018 - 8:35PM

Indigenous Penan communities in Malaysian Borneo are building a life for their youth by using the traditional weaving techniques they are known for to sell a variety of goods through local charity Helping Hands Penan.

Blowpipes for handbags: Malaysia tribe driven from forest weave handicrafts to pay for food and children’s education
Malaysia art show demystifies conflict in southern Thailand, illustrating life under martial law and drawing on region’s history

Patani, Yala and Narathiwat, mainly Muslim, Malay-speaking provinces in Buddhist majority Thailand, are the focus of an art show in Kuala Lumpur prompted by the curiosity of curators from the north of the country

7 Jul 2018 - 6:54PM

Patani, Yala and Narathiwat, mainly Muslim, Malay-speaking provinces in Buddhist majority Thailand, are the focus of an art show in Kuala Lumpur prompted by the curiosity of curators from the north of the country

Malaysia art show demystifies conflict in southern Thailand, illustrating life under martial law and drawing on region’s history
What Malaysia really needs to do to empower women, according to rights activists

Prime Minister Najib Razak made 2018 Women Empowerment Year, but its goals are not new; activists say empowerment means tackling discrimination and harassment and acknowledging women’s burden of care in the home

25 Apr 2018 - 11:38AM

Prime Minister Najib Razak made 2018 Women Empowerment Year, but its goals are not new; activists say empowerment means tackling discrimination and harassment and acknowledging women’s burden of care in the home

What Malaysia really needs to do to empower women, according to rights activists
Malaysian mining town’s Chinese Hakka heritage is under threat, despite efforts to keep the history alive

Chinese labourers flocked to Ipoh in the late 19th century chasing dreams of wealth. One archivist is doing his best to preserve the culture and lifestyle of the town’s tin mining golden age, but faces a number of challenges

1 Feb 2018 - 7:12PM

Chinese labourers flocked to Ipoh in the late 19th century chasing dreams of wealth. One archivist is doing his best to preserve the culture and lifestyle of the town’s tin mining golden age, but faces a number of challenges

Malaysian mining town’s Chinese Hakka heritage is under threat, despite efforts to keep the history alive
How Chinese Malaysian writers spurned at home found success in Taiwan, and why cultural identity is so often a theme of their novels

With Chinese culture in Malaysia under pressure and their work not recognised as part of the nation’s literary canon, many writers have since the 1960s chosen to leave for Taiwan, where they find acceptance and appreciation.

2 Jan 2018 - 2:19PM

With Chinese culture in Malaysia under pressure and their work not recognised as part of the nation’s literary canon, many writers have since the 1960s chosen to leave for Taiwan, where they find acceptance and appreciation.

How Chinese Malaysian writers spurned at home found success in Taiwan, and why cultural identity is so often a theme of their novels
How life is tough for transgender people in conservative Malaysia, who face violence, religious and official bias, and abusive media

With laws passed to curtail their freedom, fatwa issued against them, little chance of reassignment surgery and no legal access to hormones, transgender people in Malaysia rely on support groups and the internet for help and guidance

25 Apr 2018 - 11:46AM

With laws passed to curtail their freedom, fatwa issued against them, little chance of reassignment surgery and no legal access to hormones, transgender people in Malaysia rely on support groups and the internet for help and guidance

How life is tough for transgender people in conservative Malaysia, who face violence, religious and official bias, and abusive media