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A #MeToo campaigner in South Korea. Photo: AFP
‘MeToo is when men don’t pay’: South Korean presidential candidate’s wife

Kim Keon-hee’s comments – meant to highlight scandals dogging the ruling Democratic Party – backfire as she claims ‘conservatives make sure they pay’.

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Salil Tripathi and his wife and son. The 36-year-old delivery rider for Zomato was killed instantly when a car driven by a drunken policeman killed in Delhi. Photo: Tripathi family
How delivery man’s death struck heart of the India middle class dream

Salil Tripathi, a 36-year-old delivery rider in Delhi, was killed instantly when a car driven by a drunk policeman hit him. His death has touched many in India, where millions who dream of joining the middle class face considerable obstacles.

16 Jan 2022 - 4:24PM
As Japan’s population declines, more people are likely to consider sperm donors. Photo: Shutterstock
Woman who thought Chinese sperm donor was Japanese sues for US$2.9 million

Married woman had sex with donor on 10 occasions after finding him on social media. She says he falsely claimed to be a single graduate of an elite university.

17 Jan 2022 - 6:19PM
Delivery riders for Zomato and Swiggy wait to collect orders outside a restaurant in Mumbai, India. Photo: Bloomberg
‘I ride 300km a day to make ends meet’: life as a gig economy worker in India

Four people share the good bits and the bad gigs as they navigate a life without bosses – or the promise of a regular pay cheque.

17 Jan 2022 - 2:57PM
A performance at MM, a live music venue in Hong Kong’s Central that has since closed down. Government rules require singers to wear masks and perform behind a partition. Photo: Babe Tree
Abacus | Don’t let Omicron smother the soul of Hong Kong’s live music scene

The city’s leisure and F&B industry is once again in crisis and it’s up to the Hong Kong Musicians Union to ensure entertainers aren’t cut off from government relief.

17 Jan 2022 - 9:30AM
Fans’ impressions of how Vogue Philippines might look. Photo: Twitter
Vogue Philippines: a glamour-obsessed nation, but is print still in fashion?

News of the beauty bible’s latest edition has fans swamping Twitter with mocked up covers featuring Filipino celebrities like Catriona Gray and Nadine Lustre.

16 Jan 2022 - 11:00AM
An elderly woman walks with her trolley along a street in Tokyo. Japan recorded a record number of elder abuse cases in 2020. Photo AFP
Japan’s growing elder abuse foretells what Singapore, Hong Kong may face

Japan reported a record 17,281 incidents of elderly people being physically assaulted by family members in 2020, the latest year for which statistics are available – 25 of which resulted in deaths.

16 Jan 2022 - 11:42AM
Contestant Kim Jun-sik in Netflix’s Korean dating reality TV show ‘Singles Inferno’. Credit: Netflix
Hotter than a K-pop star, but how ‘real’ is Netflix Korea’s dating show Singles Inferno?

The reality show has swept all before it, becoming Netflix’s 10th most-watched TV programme thanks to a cast of achingly beautiful and successful singles.

15 Jan 2022 - 5:00PM
Mukesh Ambani has bought an indirect stake worth US$98 million in New York City’s Mandarin Oriental hotel. Photo: The Aviary
Ambani’s New York deal makes him latest Indian tycoon to buy foreign hotels

Asia’s second richest man has joined a growing list of Indian hoteliers like the Oberois and Tatas snapping up stakes in the global hospitality sector.

14 Jan 2022 - 3:58PM
Loh Kean Yew of Singapore celebrates scoring a point during the men’s singles final at the BWF World Championships 2021 in Huelva, Spain. Photo: Xinhua
Has Singapore badminton champ cracked code to Indonesian hearts?

An Indonesian tycoon’s US$150,000 donation to 24-year-old Loh underscores his rising popularity in a nation that boasts its own top players.

14 Jan 2022 - 5:02PM
A pork vindaloo is seen at a Goan restaurant in Panjim, Goa. Photo: Hospedaria Venite
Swine and dine: why some Indians are rejoicing at news of US pork imports

Pork is not a common ingredient in most Indian cuisine, but long-held taboos about its consumption are starting to change in the country of 1.4 billion.

13 Jan 2022 - 8:50PM
A rescuer searches through debris for workers who went missing in an apartment construction accident in Gwangju, South Korea, on Thursday. Photo: Yonhap via AP
South Korean worker buried in collapsed building site for 3 days rescued

One of six workers who went missing after the partial collapse of a 39-storey apartment building under construction in Gwangju was located on Thursday.

13 Jan 2022 - 3:11PM
A man counts Indian rupee notes inside a private money exchange office in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters
Lawyers chip in for sisters’ college fees as father ‘pretending to be poor’

In India, lawyers do not enjoy widespread trust and respect. But a judge said the lawyers’ gesture towards the two sisters in this case ‘reassures society about the nobleness of the legal profession’.

11 Jan 2022 - 1:26PM
An Indonesian anti-terror squad at a counter-terrorism drill in Jakarta. File photo: AFP
Indonesian militants ‘infiltrating’ state institutions to create caliphate

Wariness towards Chinese workers in Indonesia have also fuelled support for Jemaah Islamiah, which is spreading a ‘massive’ amount of radical propaganda online.

10 Jan 2022 - 8:30AM
British-Indian student Tanya Marwaha has set up a programme to support young people with their mental health. Photo: Handout
British-Indian student’s mental health support group fights stigma

Tanya Marwaha, 20, created ‘Championing Youth Minds’ after realising young people from British-Indian families found it hard to seek help for their struggles.

9 Jan 2022 - 9:57PM
People take Covid-19 tests at Pattaya’s ‘Walking Street’. Photo: Vijitra Duangdee
‘Like a bomb has hit us’: Omicron punctures hope for Thai businesses

The rapid spread of Omicron this year has smashed into Thailand’s economy in the middle of peak vacation season.

9 Jan 2022 - 5:00PM
Burnt vehicles smoulder in Hpruso township on December 25. Photo: Karenni Nationalities Defence Force via AFP
Myanmar military’s massacres mount as activists call for arms embargo

Aid agencies lament the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ policy that world powers including the United States and China seem to have adopted following reports of a string of grisly mass killings and other atrocities in Myanmar.

9 Jan 2022 - 1:12PM
Lim Kok Cheong (left) with his wife Jun Chua and son Ee Young. Photo: Amy Chew
How the son of poor rubber tappers became one of Malaysia’s top entrepreneurs

In a rare interview with This Week in Asia, the entrepreneur reflects on a journey that began with his grandparents leaving China in the 1920s and has since come full circle.

11 Jan 2022 - 10:06PM
Victoria Harbour waterfront in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA
Exit rate for Hong Kong expats fast outpacing number of foreigners moving in

While some jobs and expats in law and banking are heading to Singapore, the city state is facing domestic demands to prioritise local workers.

8 Jan 2022 - 12:33PM
Anti-graft chief Azam Baki in an advert by the MACC. Photo: Facebook
‘Like Najib’s 1MDB playbook’: Malaysian graft-buster ridiculed in stock saga

Controversy is mounting over a claim by the head of the MACC that his sibling had ‘borrowed’ his trading account to purchase millions of ringgit of shares.

6 Jan 2022 - 9:40PM