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How the pandemic brought Asian children to breaking point

Young people in Japan, Thailand and Singapore have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic’s economic woes and associated lockdowns.

Young people in Japan, Thailand and Singapore have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic’s economic woes and associated lockdowns.

How the pandemic brought Asian children to breaking point
27 Nov 2021 - 4:07PM
Asian shoppers unwrap Singles’ Day spoils, leaving US consumers to bear brunt of supply chain woes

Americans have to wait months for goods from China, but a Singles’ Day mega-shopper in Singapore who bought 191 items has received most of their packages already.

Americans have to wait months for goods from China, but a Singles’ Day mega-shopper in Singapore who bought 191 items has received most of their packages already.

Asian shoppers unwrap Singles’ Day spoils, leaving US consumers to bear brunt of supply chain woes
22 Nov 2021 - 10:50AM
#ClubhouseToxic: Thailand’s rural Isaan majority fight back against Bangkok elite stereotypes

Northeastern Isaan region has one-third of Thailand’s population and has produced stars and celebrities, yet its people are derided as uncouth and ill-educated. Now, there’s a growing backlash against such prejudice.

Northeastern Isaan region has one-third of Thailand’s population and has produced stars and celebrities, yet its people are derided as uncouth and ill-educated. Now, there’s a growing backlash against such prejudice.

#ClubhouseToxic: Thailand’s rural Isaan majority fight back against Bangkok elite stereotypes
12 Nov 2021 - 8:53PM
Once Asia’s party capital, will Bangkok’s nightlife scene recover even if Thailand’s tourism industry picks up?

From the racy go-gos of Soi Cowboy to Thong Lor’s mixology bars, 20 months of lost business and no government help during Covid-19 mean many establishments gone for good.

From the racy go-gos of Soi Cowboy to Thong Lor’s mixology bars, 20 months of lost business and no government help during Covid-19 mean many establishments gone for good.

Once Asia’s party capital, will Bangkok’s nightlife scene recover even if Thailand’s tourism industry picks up?
28 Oct 2021 - 9:17PM
Phuket’s sandbox to Singapore’s travel corridors: as Asia wakes up to travel, destinations weigh risks and rewards

Increased costs, the risk of new variants emerging, and a lack of demand from Chinese tourists are all hurdles on the long road to full recovery.

Increased costs, the risk of new variants emerging, and a lack of demand from Chinese tourists are all hurdles on the long road to full recovery.

Phuket’s sandbox to Singapore’s travel corridors: as Asia wakes up to travel, destinations weigh risks and rewards
16 Oct 2021 - 2:39PM
‘Bangkok’s Hamptons’: why Thailand’s elite are buying beach properties in Hua Hin

Property prices in the beach town have soared as Bangkok residents opt out of city life, with the pandemic pushing many to make the move.

Property prices in the beach town have soared as Bangkok residents opt out of city life, with the pandemic pushing many to make the move.

‘Bangkok’s Hamptons’: why Thailand’s elite are buying beach properties in Hua Hin
15 Oct 2021 - 9:19PM
Thailand feels the pinch of a golden week with no gold as Chinese stay home

The week-long Chinese holiday is usually one of tourism-reliant Thailand’s peak travel periods, but for the second year in a row it’s been all but cancelled by Covid-19.

The week-long Chinese holiday is usually one of tourism-reliant Thailand’s peak travel periods, but for the second year in a row it’s been all but cancelled by Covid-19.

Thailand feels the pinch of a golden week with no gold as Chinese stay home
1 Oct 2021 - 10:09PM
As Covid-19 batters Thailand’s economy, even pawnshops are running out of customers

A pawnshop owner says the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic is worse than the Asian financial crisis in 1997, with Thais sinking deeper into debt.

A pawnshop owner says the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic is worse than the Asian financial crisis in 1997, with Thais sinking deeper into debt.

As Covid-19 batters Thailand’s economy, even pawnshops are running out of customers
21 Jul 2021 - 10:09PM
Coronavirus: Thailand’s Alpha and Delta surges cloud reopening in Phuket, Koh Samui

The spread of Alpha and Delta variants in Bangkok and the Deep South has raised fears the virus will seep back into tourism centres just as they reopen.

The spread of Alpha and Delta variants in Bangkok and the Deep South has raised fears the virus will seep back into tourism centres just as they reopen.

Coronavirus: Thailand’s Alpha and Delta surges cloud reopening in Phuket, Koh Samui
13 Jul 2021 - 12:55PM
In Thailand’s conflict-hit ‘Deep South’, mistrust fuels Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy among Muslim majority

The southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat are recording scores of new infections each day, but 17 years of conflict has fostered a deep mistrust in government among the region’s Muslim majority.

The southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat are recording scores of new infections each day, but 17 years of conflict has fostered a deep mistrust in government among the region’s Muslim majority.

In Thailand’s conflict-hit ‘Deep South’, mistrust fuels Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy among Muslim majority
29 Jun 2021 - 11:20AM
Developing Asean is getting old before getting rich, and pensions aren’t keeping pace

Families have traditionally provided for the elderly in Southeast Asia but as they become smaller a greater burden will fall on the state.

Families have traditionally provided for the elderly in Southeast Asia but as they become smaller a greater burden will fall on the state.

Developing Asean is getting old before getting rich, and pensions aren’t keeping pace
28 Jun 2021 - 11:29AM
Thailand approves Phuket ‘sandbox’ plan to allow vaccinated tourists in without quarantine

Over 70 per cent of the island’s population will be vaccinated before it reopens on July 1 – but Chinese tour groups are not expected to return just yet.

Over 70 per cent of the island’s population will be vaccinated before it reopens on July 1 – but Chinese tour groups are not expected to return just yet.

Thailand approves Phuket ‘sandbox’ plan to allow vaccinated tourists in without quarantine
22 Jun 2021 - 10:11PM
Coronavirus pandemic in Thailand leaves Bangkok restaurants in turmoil

Amid a third wave of infections, eateries have been forced to close, suspend or limit operations, while those that hobble on are banned from selling alcohol.

Amid a third wave of infections, eateries have been forced to close, suspend or limit operations, while those that hobble on are banned from selling alcohol.

Coronavirus pandemic in Thailand leaves Bangkok restaurants in turmoil
20 Jun 2021 - 11:11PM
No to nightlife, yes to vaccinations: can Thailand’s Pattaya rebrand and reopen?

The resort city is looking to inoculate much of its population in a bid to offer quarantine-free travel to foreign tourists – and is looking to pivot from go-go bars and sex work to more upmarket, family-friendly businesses.

The resort city is looking to inoculate much of its population in a bid to offer quarantine-free travel to foreign tourists – and is looking to pivot from go-go bars and sex work to more upmarket, family-friendly businesses.

No to nightlife, yes to vaccinations: can Thailand’s Pattaya rebrand and reopen?
7 Jun 2021 - 11:00AM
Thailand’s gold panners blame Mekong dams in China, Laos as fortune dries up

‘I used to find pieces of gold the size of a tamarind seed,’ says Rodjana Thepwong, 64. ‘Now there are only tiny amounts.’

‘I used to find pieces of gold the size of a tamarind seed,’ says Rodjana Thepwong, 64. ‘Now there are only tiny amounts.’

Thailand’s gold panners blame Mekong dams in China, Laos as fortune dries up
25 May 2021 - 11:18PM
Thailand’s ‘Hi-So’ elite blamed for new Covid-19 cases forcing closure of nightspots

New coronavirus cases have been linked to Bangkok’s wealthy party scene including a VIP club popular with officials.

New coronavirus cases have been linked to Bangkok’s wealthy party scene including a VIP club popular with officials.

Thailand’s ‘Hi-So’ elite blamed for new Covid-19 cases forcing closure of nightspots
9 Apr 2021 - 2:01PM
Thailand has high hopes cannabis can cure the coronavirus blues, but for grass roots it’s a buzzkill

Investors and tycoons will feel the high from Thailand’s legalisation of hemp products, critics say, while grass roots farmers will be left feeling low.

Investors and tycoons will feel the high from Thailand’s legalisation of hemp products, critics say, while grass roots farmers will be left feeling low.

Thailand has high hopes cannabis can cure the coronavirus blues, but for grass roots it’s a buzzkill
21 Mar 2021 - 9:04AM
#MilkTeaAlliance springs to life as Thailand pro-democracy protesters march on Prayuth’s home

Ahead of the rally, memes, graphics and symbols of the #MilkTeaAlliance bounced across social media in Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Myanmar and India.

Ahead of the rally, memes, graphics and symbols of the #MilkTeaAlliance bounced across social media in Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Myanmar and India.

#MilkTeaAlliance springs to life as Thailand pro-democracy protesters march on Prayuth’s home
28 Feb 2021 - 11:03PM
Thailand’s Phuket aims to become ‘immunity island’ for tourists as it seeks post-coronavirus bounce-back

With 80 per cent of tourism businesses on the island having gone bust, the island’s tourism authorities have hatched a plan to fully reopen by October 1.

With 80 per cent of tourism businesses on the island having gone bust, the island’s tourism authorities have hatched a plan to fully reopen by October 1.

Thailand’s Phuket aims to become ‘immunity island’ for tourists as it seeks post-coronavirus bounce-back
28 Feb 2021 - 8:04PM
In Thailand, death of a ‘pretty’ underscores dangers of life as a hostess

An activist lawyer said the 33-year-old woman had died of heart failure after consuming ketamine and Ecstasy, but no charges have been filed in the case.

An activist lawyer said the 33-year-old woman had died of heart failure after consuming ketamine and Ecstasy, but no charges have been filed in the case.

In Thailand, death of a ‘pretty’ underscores dangers of life as a hostess
27 Feb 2021 - 12:02PM
Is sexual assault on Thai TV finally not acceptable after Wife on Duty storm?

Millions of Thais tune in every night to watch prime time soaps involving salacious romance, bitter domestic power struggles and violent revenge.

Millions of Thais tune in every night to watch prime time soaps involving salacious romance, bitter domestic power struggles and violent revenge.

Is sexual assault on Thai TV finally not acceptable after Wife on Duty storm?
13 Feb 2021 - 12:14PM
Asia’s #MilkTeaAlliance has a new target brewing – the generals behind the Myanmar coup

In Thailand and Myanmar, the anti-authoritarian hashtag is seen as allowing young people to show solidarity and outrage at the militaries that refuse to allow democracy to take root.

In Thailand and Myanmar, the anti-authoritarian hashtag is seen as allowing young people to show solidarity and outrage at the militaries that refuse to allow democracy to take root.

Asia’s #MilkTeaAlliance has a new target brewing – the generals behind the Myanmar coup
4 Feb 2021 - 8:10PM
As the coronavirus pandemic bites, Thailand is desperate for its US$43 billion Eastern Economic Corridor to pay off

Four years after its launch, opinion is divided as to whether the EEC will become a tech hub that lures the brains and billions of Asia – or a cripplingly expensive white elephant.

Four years after its launch, opinion is divided as to whether the EEC will become a tech hub that lures the brains and billions of Asia – or a cripplingly expensive white elephant.

As the coronavirus pandemic bites, Thailand is desperate for its US$43 billion Eastern Economic Corridor to pay off
1 Feb 2021 - 1:10PM
As coronavirus resurges in Thailand, tourism businesses go on life support

Just 30 per cent of businesses are still operating in the country after a long initial Covid-19 lockdown, with more suffering expected to come.

Just 30 per cent of businesses are still operating in the country after a long initial Covid-19 lockdown, with more suffering expected to come.

As coronavirus resurges in Thailand, tourism businesses go on life support
8 Jan 2021 - 3:49PM
Coronavirus vaccine race: how many doses have Asia-Pacific countries ordered?

India is the runaway leader in number of doses secured, at 1.6 billion, while Vietnam has yet to announce any official deals.

India is the runaway leader in number of doses secured, at 1.6 billion, while Vietnam has yet to announce any official deals.

Coronavirus vaccine race: how many doses have Asia-Pacific countries ordered?
29 Dec 2020 - 2:23PM
Coronavirus vaccine: Asia-Pacific countries tread cautiously in roll-out

Authorities across region set out conservative timetables for starting immunisations, ranging from several weeks to the latter half of 2021.

Authorities across region set out conservative timetables for starting immunisations, ranging from several weeks to the latter half of 2021.

Coronavirus vaccine: Asia-Pacific countries tread cautiously in roll-out
29 Dec 2020 - 4:52PM
Thailand mulls lockdown as coronavirus surge blamed on Myanmar workers

Authorities have imposed a ‘Singapore-style model’ to curb the workers’ movements amid fears the cluster could cripple the kingdom’s already battered economy.

Authorities have imposed a ‘Singapore-style model’ to curb the workers’ movements amid fears the cluster could cripple the kingdom’s already battered economy.

Thailand mulls lockdown as coronavirus surge blamed on Myanmar workers
23 Dec 2020 - 6:31PM
Chinese spenders offer Phuket hope amid the wreckage of Thailand’s tourism industry

It’s the middle of peak season, but the beaches are empty, businesses are boarded up and go-go girls in Patong bars dance in return for virtual drinks.

It’s the middle of peak season, but the beaches are empty, businesses are boarded up and go-go girls in Patong bars dance in return for virtual drinks.

Chinese spenders offer Phuket hope amid the wreckage of Thailand’s tourism industry
16 Dec 2020 - 9:43AM
Has hope for Thailand’s economy come too late for the kingdom’s crippling debt crisis?

An improvement in third-quarter data and tourism limping back have not offset a surge in household debt, which hit 84 per cent of GDP in the second quarter.

An improvement in third-quarter data and tourism limping back have not offset a surge in household debt, which hit 84 per cent of GDP in the second quarter.

Has hope for Thailand’s economy come too late for the kingdom’s crippling debt crisis?
16 Nov 2020 - 9:55PM
Generation C: for young Asians, coronavirus defines bleak new era of vanishing career prospects

Up to 15 million youth jobs in the region are expected to disappear in 2020, and even those who can find work face the prospect of lower earnings for years to come.

Up to 15 million youth jobs in the region are expected to disappear in 2020, and even those who can find work face the prospect of lower earnings for years to come.

Generation C: for young Asians, coronavirus defines bleak new era of vanishing career prospects
15 Nov 2020 - 11:59AM