This week, we pay tribute to two remarkable women. Like thousands of others around the world, Dr Aileen Baviera and Bernardita Catalla died after contracting Covid-19. We’d like to take a moment to reflect on their work and legacies. Dr Aileen Baviera was a well-known Filipino expert on China-Southeast Asia relations who counselled young academics to recognise complexity and try to maintain objectivity at all times. The University of Malaya’s Asia-Europe Institute called her death “a great loss to the academic world at large”. Bernardita Catalla – the Philippines’ ambassador to Lebanon, who also served as consul general in Hong Kong – was a career diplomat who worked to improve the lives of domestic workers. “We remember her as a person open to engaging with progressive organisations, unlike other government officials,” said Eman Villanueva, spokesman for the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body. As the world struggles to combat this deadly pandemic and restrictions increase, we continue to reach out to women around Asia for their insight and opinions. Elaine Yau spoke to several women about the lessons China can share on how to cope with lockdowns (we promise their advice does not include using a Doraemon voice around the house ). Anthropologist Yuk Wah Chan looked at the mask or no mask debate and examined the cultural assumptions at the heart of coronavirus crisis management. And Nutsa Kobakhidze, an assistant professor and mother of two young children, discussed how schooling has been upended . To provide respite from what can feel like an unrelenting stream of coronavirus news, we’ve also curated a selection of inspiring and interesting stories below to get you through the next week. The Lunar team Stories worth sharing Aviation boss Diana Chou bets on a flying taxi boom Selling private jets for a living is just like selling anything else, according to Diana Chou, a Hong Kong entrepreneur and the first woman in the business in Asia. “I sold lipsticks, I sold lingerie, hotel rooms, and credit cards – why can’t I sell a plane?” Food science: should we believe anything we read about nutrition? Experts say nutritional studies are so flawed we can’t even trust basic advice, such as to eat plenty of vegetables and avoid saturated fat. Medical journalist Clare Wilson looks at the conflicting advice . ‘I will never allow anyone to shame me for being Asian’ As the Australian-born Chinese founder of Snow Fox Skincare , Phoebe Song relives the covert, institutionalised prejudices that she encountered when entering the US market through a high-profile New York PR firm. How to perform a Chinese tea ceremony How do you make tea? Gongfu cha is a Chinese tea ritual that dates back more than 700 years and offers a meditative approach to brewing the beloved drink. Here’s how to properly perform it. From militant Maoist to the face of English TV news in Hong Kong Deported from San Francisco for overstaying her visa, Diana Lin went on to become a familiar face on English-language television. Now retired, she never lost her appetite for politics and attended “almost all” of last year’s protests. From running cutting-edge global companies to speaking out against sexism and stereotypes, women in Asia are making their voices heard around the world. Here at Lunar, we want to provide a platform to elevate and celebrate these voices, while exploring issues that affect women everywhere. Each week, we’ll bring you a curated selection of news, interviews and features about women, by women and for women. Sign up now!