Lifestyle & Culture

Work from the beach: Philippine resorts target local long-stay tourists

As the Covid-19 pandemic decimated tourism, resorts in places like Boracay and Palawan started offering monthly packages to digital nomads.

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Why do Indonesians use English to talk about the Chinese?

The gentrification of the Indonesian lexicon through English may be part of a wider trend.

27 Feb 2021 - 5:13PM
Nasa’s Swati Mohan and other Indian women breaking barriers in space exploration

The 38-year-old Mohan is among a group of Indian women who have found successful careers in space science, including Tessy Thomas, Ritu Karidhal Srivastava and Muthayya Vanitha.

27 Feb 2021 - 3:56PM
Death of a Thai ‘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.

27 Feb 2021 - 12:02PM
Australian academic assailed for highlighting alleged threat to women’s spaces

‘Swift and decisive’ action demanded against University of Melbourne lecturer who started website highlighting women’s negative experiences in shared spaces.

26 Feb 2021 - 8:08PM
How students in India’s Chinatown got hooked on lion dancing

James Liao, one of a dwindling number of ethnic Chinese who still call the Indian city home, has dedicated himself to preserving and passing on the traditional art form.

21 Feb 2021 - 7:58PM
Malaysians knock down Clubhouse door amid state of emergency

Science minister Khairy Jamaluddin, actress Maya Karin and disgraced ex-premier Najib Razak have all used the audio-chat app to reach out to audiences.

22 Feb 2021 - 10:44AM
India set to execute first woman since independence

Shabnam Ali and her lover were convicted and sentenced to death for killing seven members of her family in 2008. If the hanging in India’s Uttar Pradesh state goes ahead, it will be the country’s first execution of a woman since 1947.

19 Feb 2021 - 9:03PM
Korean or Chinese? Passions flare over poet Yun Dong-joo’s identity

Chinese-language descriptions of the late poet using the official term for ethnic Koreans living in China are a ‘historical distortion’, according to one Korean academic.

19 Feb 2021 - 9:37PM
Critics bash Nepal’s plan to ‘protect’ women by limiting right to travel

Requiring Nepali women under the age of 40 to get permission from a male family member before they can leave the country is a backwards step on the path to equality, activists say.

18 Feb 2021 - 7:46PM
Korean women’s volleyball twins dropped after bullying pasts emerge

Lee Jae-yeong and Lee Da-yeong were banned by the national team and their V-League club after they admitted to abusing teammates a decade ago.

16 Feb 2021 - 7:22AM
Watching people study: the strange internet craze gripping South Korea

With gongbang or ‘study broadcast’ videos, Korean students offer virtual partners in hitting the books, in a trend that has caught on worldwide.

14 Feb 2021 - 2:02PM
#TakeUsBackToChina: a plea from Indian medical students

Thousands of Indian medical students who returned home from China during the pandemic are struggling to finish their degrees amid the countries’ fraying diplomatic ties.

15 Feb 2021 - 10:59PM
Is violent sex on Thai TV finally not okay 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.

13 Feb 2021 - 12:14PM
Way the music died: can Asia’s nightclubs survive Covid-19?

Nightclubs from Singapore to Hong Kong are suffering. Will the arrival of vaccines be music to their ears?

13 Feb 2021 - 8:33AM
Philippines Covid-19 enforcement: brutal for the poor, but the rich?

Ordinary Filipinos have been beaten for not wearing face masks, while the rich and well-connected attend illegal parties and are pictured flouting Covid-19 rules with impunity.

12 Feb 2021 - 8:20PM
India protests put police use of ‘lathis’ under spotlight

Delhi police have denied using metal sticks during protests by farmers, but police brutality and the use of batons is under renewed scrutiny.

11 Feb 2021 - 10:39AM
Lunar New Year: the Chinese left ‘trapped and helpless’ overseas

Uncertainty and loss linger for mainland Chinese working abroad, as the annual ritual of returning home for the holidays has been put on hold yet again.

11 Feb 2021 - 12:04PM
As Covid-19 crashes Lunar New Year party, Asians find other ways to celebrate

‘There’s no more visiting my aunties and all that, I’ve told them not to expect a visit.’

22 Feb 2021 - 10:33AM