Lifestyle & Culture

Indonesia’s health minister says prayer has kept coronavirus away

Concerns have been raised, especially after the country’s response to the bird flu virus a decade ago, which required World Health Organisation intervention.

18 Feb 2020 - 3:27PM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
More K-pop stars are opening up about their personal lives. Here’s why

While such idols were once worried their popularity would drop once they announced their love lives, fans want to see a more personal side these days.

16 Feb 2020 - 10:01PM
In ‘virus-free’ Indonesia, outbreak fears stoke panic buying frenzy

The country hasn’t officially confirmed a single case of the deadly new coronavirus, yet shoppers are still stocking up on everything they can lay their hands on. The only question is why?

16 Feb 2020 - 9:41PM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
Forget Tinder, in South Korea blind dates are best for romance

Many in South Korea see blind dates as part of the social fabric: a rite of passage as well as a gateway to relationships and possible future marriages.

14 Feb 2020 - 11:43AM
Australia universities brace for pain, shame after virus travel bans

Some 100,000 Chinese students enrolled at universities in the country remain stranded in China because of travel bans intended to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus. About 6,500 studying in New Zealand are also affected.

14 Feb 2020 - 10:16AM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
Chinese-Australians feel fear and loathing amid coronavirus panic

Authorities have issued condemnations amid the sharp rise in such incidents, with the country’s race discrimination commissioner urging unity and calm.

13 Feb 2020 - 3:51PM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
No, the coronavirus can’t be kept away by saltwater gargling or cow dung

From Singapore to Indonesia, dubious claims to prevent infection are spreading on social media and chat groups.

6 Feb 2020 - 10:49AM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
Still in the mood for bat? At this extreme market, it’s on the menu

Animals from cats to bats to snakes and monkeys are bludgeoned, torched and served to tourists at Indonesia’s ‘Tomohon Extreme Market’. Experts say in the wake of the coronavirus, it’s a hazard waiting to happen.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:00PM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
When K-pop stars find love: why fuss over EXO member’s wedding?

K-pop fan clubs are more powerful than in other musical genres and the internet is making them more powerful still. Puncturing their fantasies has a price.

18 Feb 2020 - 12:55PM
Coronavirus: outbreak exposes Philippines’ anti-Chinese sentiment

As the country recorded the first virus fatality outside China on Sunday, ethnic Chinese organisations have noted an uptick in ‘racist stereotypes and xenophobic attacks’.

2 Feb 2020 - 9:47PM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
Is the Hindu monkey god Hanuman really Homo erectus?

A new book by an Indian scholar contends that the monkey god Hanuman belonged to an extinct human species, after finding that he and his companions inhabited a ‘distinctive’ human culture.

2 Feb 2020 - 7:26PM
Asia’s paternity leave taboo: blame it on Confucius?

In South Korea, Confucian culture has resulted in a clash between societal beliefs and the needs of families.

2 Feb 2020 - 7:25PM
Opinion | Indonesia’s arrest of US journalist reflects distrust against Westerners

The case is the latest instance of a Westerner being imprisoned or blacklisted on charges ranging from ‘visa violations’ to ‘espionage’.

30 Jan 2020 - 10:24AM
Women’s rights in Saudi Arabia: real change or cosmetic reforms?

True gender equality in the kingdom remains a long way off, with concerns including the male guardianship system and treatment of female rights activists.

31 Jan 2020 - 1:34PM
In Thai TV soap operas, rape and sex attacks are a troubling norm

Many of Thailand’s soap operas are based on patriarchal novels which have scenes of rape and sexual violence against women.

31 Jan 2020 - 1:34PM
Ceritalah | Don’t be fooled by Netflix: there’s more to the Chinese diaspora than Mandarin

New series ‘The Ghost Bride’ airbrushes the wonderful hybridity that characterised colonial Malacca, a melting pot of cultures, faiths and languages.

27 Jan 2020 - 4:07PM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
What does Evelyn Yang’s stance on sexual violence mean for Asian women?

Yang, married to Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, last week spoke up about her sexual assault by a gynaecologist.

31 Jan 2020 - 1:33PM
Lunar New Year customs fade for Korean huaqiao, but hongbao will never die

The ageing population of huaqiao in Korea fear the end of the ‘good old days’ as a new generation loses interest in Lunar New year traditions. Except, that is, for cash-filled red envelopes.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:31PM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411
Is Netflix haram? Indonesia’s Islamic clerics ‘ready’ for a fatwa

A top Islamic cleric has called on Indonesians to monitor the streaming giant for ‘negative content’, promising swift action against reported transgressions.

23 Jan 2020 - 11:19PM03571EC5-13F4-4283-B996-99444BE88411