Yu Kang

University student by day, high-end escort by night, 24-year-old Ashley Chan talks about her five years in sex work in Singapore and why she got into the industry.

Singaporean YouTuber Sneaky Sushii has made a name for himself by slamming the city state’s popular YouTube stars for their female exploitation and shallow mainstream style.

Singapore-based Tina Yong, one of Asia’s most popular beauty YouTubers, isn’t afraid of talking about sex, relationships, mental health – or how much she earns.

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Trevor James, better known as The Food Ranger on YouTube, films his journeys across Asia seeking out delicious street food at obscure roadside stalls and little-known hawker stands.

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Singer Alan Tam Wing-lun spoke recently on a radio show about his affair with Wendy Chu Wing-ting and how he doesn’t want fans to cheat on their partners. ‘It’s not good to have two wives,’ the 71-year-old said.

Sisters Tiffanie and Michy Lim switched their lighthearted YouTube channel TiffWithMi from English to Chinese. That has helped other young people in Singapore embrace a language few seem eager to learn.

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Ang Jolie Mei has modernised the funeral experience for Singaporeans – helping families give a dead relative a shower, do their hair and make-up, even dress them. And she’s written a book that lifts the veil on what funeral homes do.

YouTube is full of workouts, diets and tips from good-looking influencers, promising quick results with little effort. Professionals say promoting health is good but many influencers are unqualified and their ideas sometimes dangerous.

Adult brands like Hong Kong’s We Are Fk and Singapore’s Smile Makers don’t only sell female-friendly sex toys but are also helping women assert control over their sex lives so they can reach new highs in self-esteem.

Tan Jian Hao’s teen-oriented listicle videos about high school life in Singapore divided opinion but gained enough traction for him to make videos full-time. With 4.25 million subscribers, he’s the city state’s top YouTuber.

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Temperature checks, registration to get a QR code for contract tracing if needed, face masks, hand sanitiser, alcohol wipes – fans of Taiwanese pop star Eric Chou endured a lot to attend his sold-out concerts at the Taipei Arena.

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Clicknetwork has always been an extension of its creator, Gillian Tan. She talks about how the content has evolved from fun to meaningful, and picked up 1.2 million followers along the way.

The Q-pop music genre from Kazakhstan is the latest cultural phenomenon, with boy bands like Ninety One hoping to be as popular as K-pop sensations BTS and Blackpink.

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MediaCorp, Singapore’s free-to-air broadcaster, has come under fire for portraying a gay character in TV drama My Guardian Angels as an STD-ridden paedophile, with some calling it ‘extremely harmful’ to the LGBT community.

A Malaysian comic artist’s new book reveals the harsh realities of Southeast Asia’s poorer countries based on his own journey 20 years ago where he encountered child prostitution, teen glue sniffers – but also brighter moments.

Last Regiment, by Boomzap Entertainment, takes inspiration from the colonisation of Southeast Asia rather than from European or Chinese culture, as most other games do.

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Malaysian rapper Zamaera thinks that her fellow citizens don’t talk about sensitive issues openly so she uses her music to start conversations about them and challenge conservative Asian cultural conventions.

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The US singer has angered Chinese internet users by sharing tweets about the Hong Kong protests and saying Black Lives Matter protesters should copy some of the methods used in the Hong Kong protests.

Dita Karang became Indonesia’s first K-pop star after a chance audition in New York put her on Vine Entertainment’s radar and she was eventually picked to be part of multinational girl group Secret Number.

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Indonesian EDM trio Weird Genius have seen their track Lathi achieve viral success on Spotify and TikTok, with the song also winning praise for using traditional Indonesian elements including instruments, dancers and clothing.

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Heroes of the Philippine revolution are brought to life in video game Bayani as characters with super powers and outlandish backstories. The game’s makers hope it will ignite interest in a part of national history.

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A line from Txmiyama’s track 5am Minibus was spray painted across Hong Kong during last year’s anti-government protests. The hip-hop artist says the song was inspired by his struggles with rent and the high cost of living.

Nintendo’s hugely popular Animal Crossing may have an Asian rival in Coral Island, a PC game with a conservation theme being developed in Indonesia and set in Southeast Asia.

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Rising pop star Wils refused to be disheartened when his record label dropped him for coming out as gay and deleted his social media accounts. Now the Singaporean singer is on the comeback trail with his new album, Don’t Leave Too Soon.

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Music can heal the soul, and Coeli San Luis releases songs to break down the stigma about mental health and spread awareness. She openly discusses her own issues on Instagram and has inspired others to seek help.

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Lipstick, heels, gown – in Singapore, a small but growing number of men, and women too, cross-dress as anime characters of the opposite sex at cosplay conventions. We talk to some about their elaborate prepping and why they ‘crossplay’.

Choo Bin Yong is the one-man indie developer behind horror video game There Is No Tomorrow, proving that you don’t need a team to create a game – just time and a lot of determination.

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Nineteen80 and Pinball Wizard use strong retro vibes and unique quirks of Singapore to attract locals looking for something they can relate to, reflecting a growing movement in the city state’s bar and nightlife scene.

Think K-pop boy bands have been the same for the last 30 years? Not so. From Seo Taiji and Boys’ first hip hop steps to TVXQ’s perfect boyfriend looks to BTS’ social-consciousness themes, we take you on a three-decade tour of the genre.

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