Sian Powell

A newspaper journalist for many years, Sian Powell has lived and worked in Australia, Indonesia, Thailand and Hong Kong, covering everything from presidential elections to polio outbreaks.

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Quong Tart, the Chinese man who played a key role in Australia’s fight for women’s suffrage, and how he wasn’t just a successful entrepreneur

Quong Tart’s elegantly appointed tea rooms in Sydney were important venues for Australian women’s early discussions on the battle for universal suffrage.

14 Aug 2020 - 5:34AM

Quong Tart’s elegantly appointed tea rooms in Sydney were important venues for Australian women’s early discussions on the battle for universal suffrage.

Quong Tart, the Chinese man who played a key role in Australia’s fight for women’s suffrage, and how he wasn’t just a successful entrepreneur
History of chickens: how the bird became world’s primary protein source and a food favourite

Cross-breeding and domestication of the red jungle fowl over the centuries has given the world hundreds of types of domestic chicken with a worldwide population today of about 24 billion. Here’s a look at back at the bird’s history.

16 Jul 2020 - 7:58AM

Cross-breeding and domestication of the red jungle fowl over the centuries has given the world hundreds of types of domestic chicken with a worldwide population today of about 24 billion. Here’s a look at back at the bird’s history.

History of chickens: how the bird became world’s primary protein source and a food favourite
Dior’s dolls in couture inspired by miniatures from another time of global crisis in World War II’s aftermath

French fashion house made a splash this week by presenting its autumn/winter couture collection on miniature mannequins. It echoed a similar show by French couturiers soon after the end of World War II.

9 Jul 2020 - 9:05PM

French fashion house made a splash this week by presenting its autumn/winter couture collection on miniature mannequins. It echoed a similar show by French couturiers soon after the end of World War II.

Dior’s dolls in couture inspired by miniatures from another time of global crisis in World War II’s aftermath
How cruise ship industry plans to get passengers back on board after coronavirus crisis

When ocean cruises resume after a shutdown due to Covid-19, holidaymakers can expect a very different experience, including shorter trips, pre-embarkation health screenings and social distancing measures.

29 Jun 2020 - 3:14PM

When ocean cruises resume after a shutdown due to Covid-19, holidaymakers can expect a very different experience, including shorter trips, pre-embarkation health screenings and social distancing measures.

How cruise ship industry plans to get passengers back on board after coronavirus crisis
Why Hong Kong needs more trees and what’s preventing it

Trees decrease stress, provide much-needed shade and reduce pollution, but don’t seem to be a priority in Hong Kong’s urban developments. Groups have long called for more, but come up against a number of barriers.

14 Jun 2020 - 10:16AM

Trees decrease stress, provide much-needed shade and reduce pollution, but don’t seem to be a priority in Hong Kong’s urban developments. Groups have long called for more, but come up against a number of barriers.

Why Hong Kong needs more trees and what’s preventing it
The Raffles, Penang’s E&O, the Metropole in Hanoi – famous writers’ favourite Asian hotels, and how they celebrate their literary legacy

Rudyard Kipling praised the food, but not the rooms at The Raffles in Singapore; Noel Coward grew fonder of the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok with every visit. Historic hotels advertise their literary associations to a new generation of guests.

8 Oct 2019 - 7:18PM

Rudyard Kipling praised the food, but not the rooms at The Raffles in Singapore; Noel Coward grew fonder of the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok with every visit. Historic hotels advertise their literary associations to a new generation of guests.

The Raffles, Penang’s E&O, the Metropole in Hanoi – famous writers’ favourite Asian hotels, and how they celebrate their literary legacy
Should children diet? App may help them lose weight, but won’t keep them healthy, experts say

WW International (formerly known as Weight Watchers) released dieting app Kurbo for children aged eight to 17. It labels food like traffic lights – green, yellow or red – depending on healthiness. Some nutrition experts say it promotes ‘intense body dissatisfaction’.

5 Sep 2019 - 9:02PM

WW International (formerly known as Weight Watchers) released dieting app Kurbo for children aged eight to 17. It labels food like traffic lights – green, yellow or red – depending on healthiness. Some nutrition experts say it promotes ‘intense body dissatisfaction’.

Should children diet? App may help them lose weight, but won’t keep them healthy, experts say
Dengue fever: progress made in fight to halt deadly outbreak sweeping Asia

The mosquito-borne disease has claimed the lives of hundreds in the region, overwhelming health services. Colonies of dengue-free mosquitoes are being introduced in high-risk areas, with promising results.

1 Sep 2019 - 9:38AM

The mosquito-borne disease has claimed the lives of hundreds in the region, overwhelming health services. Colonies of dengue-free mosquitoes are being introduced in high-risk areas, with promising results.

Dengue fever: progress made in fight to halt deadly outbreak sweeping Asia
Hot spots: The Bruce Chalet, Lijiang
The truth hurts

Arguably, WikiLeaks has helped changed the course of history, leaving diplomatic embarrassment and a journalistic goldmine in its wake. Sian Powell looks at the legacy of the whistle blowing website.

2 Sep 2012 - 12:50PM

Arguably, WikiLeaks has helped changed the course of history, leaving diplomatic embarrassment and a journalistic goldmine in its wake. Sian Powell looks at the legacy of the whistle blowing website.

The truth hurts
Hot spots: Muntri Mews, Penang
Painting the town
6 Mar 2011 - 12:00AM
Painting the town
In character

Whether they want to take the pulse of the nation or merely shore up a dwindling fanbase, foreign celebrities are jumping on the mainland microblogging bandwagon. Sian Powell and Jie Chen look at the weibo effect.

10 Nov 2012 - 11:31PM

Whether they want to take the pulse of the nation or merely shore up a dwindling fanbase, foreign celebrities are jumping on the mainland microblogging bandwagon. Sian Powell and Jie Chen look at the weibo effect.

In character
United colours of Beijing

The capital's graffiti artists have come out of the shadows and are finding the city surprisingly welcoming, writes Laura Fitch.

27 Oct 2012 - 11:21PM

The capital's graffiti artists have come out of the shadows and are finding the city surprisingly welcoming, writes Laura Fitch.

United colours of Beijing