Thomas Sturrock

Hong Kong

Editor, Asia

Thomas Sturrock started his career as a police reporter but has also covered politics, sport, travel, culture and lifestyle. He worked in Sydney, London and Bangkok before moving to Hong Kong in 2015.

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In Philippine slums, meat scavenged from dumpsters feeds those short of meals and hope

Consuming pagpag leads to stunted growth in children and increases risks of hepatitis A, cholera and typhoid — but eating it is a fact of life in Philippine slums.

Consuming pagpag leads to stunted growth in children and increases risks of hepatitis A, cholera and typhoid — but eating it is a fact of life in Philippine slums.

31 Jul 2019 - 7:16AM
A Philippine Cinderella: from domestic helper to Miss Universe?

Jessarie Dumaguing has set her sights on winning a crown at Binibining Pilipinas, the country’s biggest beauty pageant, which would propel her onto the international stage.

Jessarie Dumaguing has set her sights on winning a crown at Binibining Pilipinas, the country’s biggest beauty pageant, which would propel her onto the international stage.

9 Jun 2019 - 3:48PM
What’s behind the Philippine obsession with beauty queens?

A shallow, exploitative spectacle in an image-obsessed society? Or a valuable opportunity for young women to get ahead? The beauty pageant has deep roots in the Philippines, combining regional pride with glitzy spectacle.

A shallow, exploitative spectacle in an image-obsessed society? Or a valuable opportunity for young women to get ahead? The beauty pageant has deep roots in the Philippines, combining regional pride with glitzy spectacle.

10 Jun 2019 - 10:06AM
Australia’s revolving door: seven prime ministers since 2007 – soon to be eight?

Australia’s federal election is scheduled for May 18, 2019, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison faces an uphill battle to keep his conservative coalition in government and retain the top job himself. Should the opposition Labor party win enough seats to form government, Bill Shorten would become Australia’s eighth prime minister since 2007. What explains this revolving door, given Australia is one of the world’s most prosperous, stable countries?

Australia’s federal election is scheduled for May 18, 2019, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison faces an uphill battle to keep his conservative coalition in government and retain the top job himself. Should the opposition Labor party win enough seats to form government, Bill Shorten would become Australia’s eighth prime minister since 2007. What explains this revolving door, given Australia is one of the world’s most prosperous, stable countries?

1 May 2019 - 3:39PM
Asia Briefing: Elections in Thailand and Indonesia, and the resurgence of measles in Southeast Asia

Analysing the recent Thai election result, assessing the players and politics driving the Indonesian election, and a look at the Southeast Asian factors behind the recent measles outbreak

Analysing the recent Thai election result, assessing the players and politics driving the Indonesian election, and a look at the Southeast Asian factors behind the recent measles outbreak

10 Apr 2019 - 9:22AM
Asia Briefing: What next for North Korea? What next in Vietnam’s trade, tech and tourism transformation?

We discuss what comes next after the failure of the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, look at Vietnam’s economic windfall from the US-China trade war, and analyse the huge South Korean tourism trade and its push to become the Silicon Valley of South East Asia

We discuss what comes next after the failure of the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, look at Vietnam’s economic windfall from the US-China trade war, and analyse the huge South Korean tourism trade and its push to become the Silicon Valley of South East Asia

13 Mar 2019 - 8:51AM
Asia Briefing: Thai election analysis and the Russians of Pattaya

Analysis of the upcoming Thai elections after a week of tumultuous headlines; revelations of another side of the notorious district of Pattaya as Russian migrants move in.

Analysis of the upcoming Thai elections after a week of tumultuous headlines; revelations of another side of the notorious district of Pattaya as Russian migrants move in.

21 Mar 2019 - 1:46PM
From Pattaya with love: forget sex trainers, meet the real Russians of Thailand’s party town

The arrest of two ‘sex trainers’ – one of them claiming to have inside info on Trump’s election – has shone an unwanted spotlight on the Thai city’s Russian community. What are they really like?

The arrest of two ‘sex trainers’ – one of them claiming to have inside info on Trump’s election – has shone an unwanted spotlight on the Thai city’s Russian community. What are they really like?

18 Feb 2019 - 11:36AM
In Pattaya, a new breed of Chinese tourist emerges: meet the FITs

Once known for decadence, the Thai city of Pattaya attracts a new generation of Chinese tourist: Free, Independent Travellers, unlikely to head to a factory to buy souvenirs they don’t need.

Once known for decadence, the Thai city of Pattaya attracts a new generation of Chinese tourist: Free, Independent Travellers, unlikely to head to a factory to buy souvenirs they don’t need.

18 Feb 2019 - 11:38AM
Missing: radioactive isotope in Malaysia, morals in Japanese basketballers

Be careful complaining about mosque loudspeakers in Indonesia – or dodging national service in Singapore. Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan might be able to tell you why.

Be careful complaining about mosque loudspeakers in Indonesia – or dodging national service in Singapore. Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan might be able to tell you why.

24 Aug 2018 - 6:45PM
Mascot makes a monkey of Malaysia, sex toy flops in India

A French tourist is found dead in India after an altercation over sex with male student; South Korea struggles with rising rate of spycam porn offences

A French tourist is found dead in India after an altercation over sex with male student; South Korea struggles with rising rate of spycam porn offences

17 Aug 2018 - 8:51PM
Asia in 3 minutes: sex fiend shaman in Indonesia, money laundering monk in Thailand

Facebook goes down like lead balloon in Indonesia after Lombok earthquake; Ikea in uncharted waters in India.

Facebook goes down like lead balloon in Indonesia after Lombok earthquake; Ikea in uncharted waters in India.

10 Aug 2018 - 7:32PM
Asia in 3 minutes: no appetite for Ninjas in Japan, but for tasty looking dogs in Korea …

Meanwhile, the heat is on for tea-sipping police in India and a Palme d’Or winning film director

Meanwhile, the heat is on for tea-sipping police in India and a Palme d’Or winning film director

27 Jul 2018 - 8:50PM
Asia in 3 minutes: Welcome to ‘the Philippines, China’; Indian man cuts short his world record

Meanwhile, Thai soccer boys get star treatment; Japan’s Princess Kako not so much

Meanwhile, Thai soccer boys get star treatment; Japan’s Princess Kako not so much

13 Jul 2018 - 6:21PM
Asia in 3 minutes: Pompeo has a rocket (man) in his pocket for Kim Jong-un

Australia in basket-brawl with Philippines; Indian family dead in apparent mass suicide; Japanese women’s university to allow transgender students.

Australia in basket-brawl with Philippines; Indian family dead in apparent mass suicide; Japanese women’s university to allow transgender students.

6 Jul 2018 - 8:55PM
Asia in 3 minutes: An umbrella revolution in Japan, Spiderman comes unstuck in Seoul

Australian winemakers fear sour grapes from China, Duterte puckers up with a (married) overseas worker.

Australian winemakers fear sour grapes from China, Duterte puckers up with a (married) overseas worker.

8 Jun 2018 - 6:07PM
Asia in 3 minutes: Kim Jong-un arrives in Singapore … but is he a wrong’un?

Japanese politicians under fire for parental advice; home-sharing takes on a spiritual new level; Papua New Guinea shuts Facebook

Japanese politicians under fire for parental advice; home-sharing takes on a spiritual new level; Papua New Guinea shuts Facebook

1 Jun 2018 - 1:21PM
Asia in 3 minutes: naughty Chinese tourists in Vietnam; naughty monkeys in Thailand

A ‘secret’ shot at Starbucks in South Korea and a long shot for Japanese nationalists wanting the US to acknowledge nuclear ‘war crimes’

A ‘secret’ shot at Starbucks in South Korea and a long shot for Japanese nationalists wanting the US to acknowledge nuclear ‘war crimes’

18 May 2018 - 8:35PM
Asia in 3 minutes: Anyone for a game of Kleptopoly in Malaysia? And if you thought Korea’s nut rage heiress was bad ... wait till you meet her sister

Kim Jong-un’s insight into Trump comes from ‘The Art of the Deal’ says former basketball star Dennis Rodman.

Kim Jong-un’s insight into Trump comes from ‘The Art of the Deal’ says former basketball star Dennis Rodman.

4 May 2018 - 6:35PM
Asia in 3 minutes: Would you brave Thailand’s coffin cafe ... or tell Kim Jong-un not to smoke?

Bangkok cafe offers coffee to go – to the ‘other side’; South Korean farmer kills neighbour’s dog, feeds it to him; boycotters insist university stop making ‘killer robots’.

Bangkok cafe offers coffee to go – to the ‘other side’; South Korean farmer kills neighbour’s dog, feeds it to him; boycotters insist university stop making ‘killer robots’.

13 Apr 2018 - 8:06PM
Asia in 3 minutes: good job news for Korea’s nut rage heiress, Japanese Hooters staff, Pakistani transgender TV anchor

Meanwhile, AirAsia staff are being told to kiss passengers’ bags ...

Meanwhile, AirAsia staff are being told to kiss passengers’ bags ...

30 Mar 2018 - 10:22PM
Asia in 3 minutes: Don’t dress ‘sexy’ for Thailand’s Songkran water festival – or grow old in Japan

Olympic stress-test for Japan’s finest condoms, North Korea diplomatic test for K-pop girls.

Olympic stress-test for Japan’s finest condoms, North Korea diplomatic test for K-pop girls.

23 Mar 2018 - 5:32PM
Asia in 3 minutes: good week for bald men in Japan and ‘menstrual man’ in India

But for red pandas taken to Laos from China, things are less black and white

But for red pandas taken to Laos from China, things are less black and white

9 Feb 2018 - 8:51PM
Asia in 3 minutes: frog’s legs a hit in China; sexy legs not so much in Vietnam, Cambodia

Malaysia sticks with ‘appalling’ tourism logo; Japan raids cryptocurrency exchange.

Malaysia sticks with ‘appalling’ tourism logo; Japan raids cryptocurrency exchange.

2 Feb 2018 - 9:18PM
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20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM