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Malaysia’s top YouTube food star is a Canadian – Trevor James, aka The Food Ranger, on his love of Asian street cuisine

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.

27 Oct 2020 - 1:12PM

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.

Malaysia’s top YouTube food star is a Canadian – Trevor James, aka The Food Ranger, on his love of Asian street cuisine
Canto-pop singer Alan Tam opens up about his decades of adultery in the hope it will persuade fans to be faithful to their partners

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.

12 Oct 2020 - 1:21PM

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.

Canto-pop singer Alan Tam opens up about his decades of adultery in the hope it will persuade fans to be faithful to their partners
Singaporean pair behind YouTube channel TiffWithMi, seeing that speaking Chinese is considered not ‘cool’, make videos in the language to counter the stigma

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.

12 Oct 2020 - 10:43PM

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.

Singaporean pair behind YouTube channel TiffWithMi, seeing that speaking Chinese is considered not ‘cool’, make videos in the language to counter the stigma
Good grief: funeral director who demystifies death for Singaporeans, and why her focus is on helping the living

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.

5 Oct 2020 - 7:31AM

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.

Good grief: funeral director who demystifies death for Singaporeans, and why her focus is on helping the living
Fitness influencers: the amateurs who post ‘no effort’ workout routines for toned abs, and the professionals who debunk them

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.

11 Sep 2020 - 7:23AM

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.

Fitness influencers: the amateurs who post ‘no effort’ workout routines for toned abs, and the professionals who debunk them
These Asian sex toy brands aren’t just selling female-friendly vibrators, they’re helping women get in touch with their sexuality

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.

6 Sep 2020 - 7:04PM

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.

These Asian sex toy brands aren’t just selling female-friendly vibrators, they’re helping women get in touch with their sexuality
No 1 YouTuber in Singapore JianHao Tan defied critics of his endless high school listicle videos; aged 27, he has a business with a staff of 30

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.

1 Sep 2020 - 12:48PM

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.

No 1 YouTuber in Singapore JianHao Tan defied critics of his endless high school listicle videos; aged 27, he has a business with a staff of 30
The future of live music shows in the Covid-19 era? It’s here, with Mandopop star Eric Chou’s sold-out arena concerts

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.

26 Aug 2020 - 12:35PM

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.

The future of live music shows in the Covid-19 era? It’s here, with Mandopop star Eric Chou’s sold-out arena concerts
For women, by women: how Singaporean YouTube channel Clicknetwork created a decade’s worth of relatable content

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.

26 Aug 2020 - 12:36PM

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.

For women, by women: how Singaporean YouTube channel Clicknetwork created a decade’s worth of relatable content
Forget BTS and Blackpink, it’s time for Q-pop from Kazakhstan – the new cultural phenomenon to rival K-pop

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.

10 Aug 2020 - 9:31AM

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.

Forget BTS and Blackpink, it’s time for Q-pop from Kazakhstan – the new cultural phenomenon to rival K-pop
Singapore broadcaster MediaCorp slammed for gay character’s portrayal in Chinese drama series

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.

21 Jul 2020 - 6:26PM

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.

Singapore broadcaster MediaCorp slammed for gay character’s portrayal in Chinese drama series
Child prostitutes, teen drug addicts: Southeast Asia’s dark side revealed in Malaysian comic artist’s new book

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.

19 Jul 2020 - 9:25PM

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.

Child prostitutes, teen drug addicts: Southeast Asia’s dark side revealed in Malaysian comic artist’s new book
Fantasy game inspired by colonisation of Southeast Asia, Last Regiment breaks with Eurocentric tropes of gaming industry

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.

17 Jul 2020 - 1:02PM

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.

Fantasy game inspired by colonisation of Southeast Asia, Last Regiment breaks with Eurocentric tropes of gaming industry
Malaysian female rapper Zamaera defies her conservative country’s cultural norms

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.

9 Jul 2020 - 10:10AM

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.

Malaysian female rapper Zamaera defies her conservative country’s cultural norms
Billie Eilish fans in China, angry at star backing Hong Kong protests, bombard her Instagram account

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.

19 Jun 2020 - 7:18AM

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.

Billie Eilish fans in China, angry at star backing Hong Kong protests, bombard her Instagram account
How Dita Karang of Secret Number became Indonesia’s first K-pop star

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.

19 Jun 2020 - 10:49AM

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.

How Dita Karang of Secret Number became Indonesia’s first K-pop star
Indonesian EDM trio Weird Genius on Spotify hit Lathi, its TikTok challenge, and paying tribute to their Indonesian heritage

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.

10 Jun 2020 - 6:06PM

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.

Indonesian EDM trio Weird Genius on Spotify hit Lathi, its TikTok challenge, and paying tribute to their Indonesian heritage
Street Fighter meets heroes of the Philippine revolution in Bayani, fighting video game

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.

7 Jun 2020 - 5:08PM

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.

Street Fighter meets heroes of the Philippine revolution in Bayani, fighting video game
Female MMA fighter from South Korea on how she beat gender discrimination in and out of the ring

Singapore-based South Korean mixed martial arts fighter Song Ka-yeon talks about how she conquered gender discrimination in and out of the ring.

31 May 2020 - 5:44PM

Singapore-based South Korean mixed martial arts fighter Song Ka-yeon talks about how she conquered gender discrimination in and out of the ring.

Female MMA fighter from South Korea on how she beat gender discrimination in and out of the ring
Tiny flats, unemployment, mental health: Hong Kong rapper’s songs illustrate struggles of city’s youth

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.

20 May 2020 - 11:30AM

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.

Tiny flats, unemployment, mental health: Hong Kong rapper’s songs illustrate struggles of city’s youth
The Animal Crossing of Asia – Coral Island, game about farming and saving the planet, coming soon from Indonesian developer

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.

19 May 2020 - 7:25PM

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.

The Animal Crossing of Asia – Coral Island, game about farming and saving the planet, coming soon from Indonesian developer
Dropped for coming out as gay, Singaporean singer Wils releases new album and wants his music to help others struggling with their identity

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.

14 May 2020 - 5:59PM

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.

Dropped for coming out as gay, Singaporean singer Wils releases new album and wants his music to help others struggling with their identity
Music therapy: Filipino singer addresses mental health issues through her songs, spreading awareness and helping others

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.

26 Apr 2020 - 5:02PM

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.

Music therapy: Filipino singer addresses mental health issues through her songs, spreading awareness and helping others
Cosplayers in drag: the Singaporeans who cross-dress as anime princesses to relieve boredom of their everyday lives

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’.

15 Apr 2020 - 9:25AM

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’.

Cosplayers in drag: the Singaporeans who cross-dress as anime princesses to relieve boredom of their everyday lives
Singaporean video game designer who spent three years creating his own horror game – alone

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.

8 Apr 2020 - 11:10PM

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.

Singaporean video game designer who spent three years creating his own horror game – alone
Vodka Ribena, pinball machines: Singapore’s rising retro bars reflect new movement in city state’s nightlife scene

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.

3 Apr 2020 - 9:22AM

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.

Vodka Ribena, pinball machines: Singapore’s rising retro bars reflect new movement in city state’s nightlife scene
From BTS to TVXQ to Seo Taiji and Boys, how K-pop’s biggest boy bands have evolved the genre over 30 years

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.

28 Mar 2020 - 10:01PM

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.

From BTS to TVXQ to Seo Taiji and Boys, how K-pop’s biggest boy bands have evolved the genre over 30 years