Thomas Sturrock

Hong Kong

Editor, International/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.

31 Jul 2019 - 7:16AM

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.

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

9 Jun 2019 - 3:48PM

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.

A Philippine Cinderella: from domestic helper to Miss Universe?
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.

10 Jun 2019 - 10:06AM

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.

What’s behind the Philippine obsession with beauty queens?
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?

1 May 2019 - 3:39PM

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 revolving door: seven prime ministers since 2007 – soon to be eight?
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

10 Apr 2019 - 9:22AM

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

Asia Briefing: Elections in Thailand and Indonesia, and the resurgence of measles in Southeast Asia
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

13 Mar 2019 - 8:51AM

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

Asia Briefing: What next for North Korea? What next in Vietnam’s trade, tech and tourism transformation?
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.

21 Mar 2019 - 1:46PM

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.

Asia Briefing: Thai election analysis and the Russians of Pattaya
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?

18 Feb 2019 - 11:36AM

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?

From Pattaya with love: forget sex trainers, meet the real Russians of Thailand’s party town
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.

18 Feb 2019 - 11:38AM

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.

In Pattaya, a new breed of Chinese tourist emerges: meet the FITs
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.

24 Aug 2018 - 6:45PM

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.

Missing: radioactive isotope in Malaysia, morals in Japanese basketballers
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

17 Aug 2018 - 8:51PM

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

Mascot makes a monkey of Malaysia, sex toy flops in India
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.

10 Aug 2018 - 7:32PM

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

Asia in 3 minutes: sex fiend shaman in Indonesia, money laundering monk in Thailand
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

27 Jul 2018 - 8:50PM

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

Asia in 3 minutes: no appetite for Ninjas in Japan, but for tasty looking dogs in Korea …
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

13 Jul 2018 - 6:21PM

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

Asia in 3 minutes: Welcome to ‘the Philippines, China’; Indian man cuts short his world record
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.

6 Jul 2018 - 8:55PM

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

Asia in 3 minutes: Pompeo has a rocket (man) in his pocket for Kim Jong-un
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.

8 Jun 2018 - 6:07PM

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

Asia in 3 minutes: An umbrella revolution in Japan, Spiderman comes unstuck in Seoul
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

1 Jun 2018 - 1:21PM

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

Asia in 3 minutes: Kim Jong-un arrives in Singapore … but is he a wrong’un?
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’

18 May 2018 - 8:35PM

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

Asia in 3 minutes: naughty Chinese tourists in Vietnam; naughty monkeys in Thailand
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.

4 May 2018 - 6:35PM

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

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
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’.

13 Apr 2018 - 8:06PM

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’.

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

30 Mar 2018 - 10:22PM

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

Asia in 3 minutes: good job news for Korea’s nut rage heiress, Japanese Hooters staff, Pakistani transgender TV anchor
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.

23 Mar 2018 - 5:32PM

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

Asia in 3 minutes: Don’t dress ‘sexy’ for Thailand’s Songkran water festival – or grow old in Japan
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

9 Feb 2018 - 8:51PM

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

Asia in 3 minutes: good week for bald men in Japan and ‘menstrual man’ in India
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.

2 Feb 2018 - 9:18PM

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

Asia in 3 minutes: frog’s legs a hit in China; sexy legs not so much in Vietnam, Cambodia
Asia in 3 minutes: Penis whitening the rage in Thailand, a killer’s rage in India, Palestinian rage stifled in Singapore
Twisted tales from 2017: viral weirdness from around the world
Asia in 3 minutes: help on the way for Hong Kong’s elderly and a gruesome discovery in Japan
The year the dam burst on allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men
2017: the year that was, according to Trump’s tweets … tremendous, the best ever, everyone says so
For Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, it was another year of sledges, threats and ‘rape jokes’