Wu Xing: The Five Corners of a Circle

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Wu xing – directly translating to “five elements” – is an ancient Chinese philosophy that encompasses five phases of the universe’s ongoing existence and...

The Road to Independence: Burma (1945 – 1962)

From the 1962 Democracy Protests, through the 1974 U Thant Crisis, the 1988 Uprising, and the 2007 Saffron Revolution, to the 2021 Spring Revolution, Myanmar has fought against the whims of its military leaders and suffered at the hands of the army. To make sense of the tumultuous events of the past six decades, we must understand the complex politics and power struggles that have dominated this country once known as Burma.

Rise of an Authoritarian Leader: Ferdinand Marcos

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By Elyssa Yong By far one of the most notorious families in the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda Marcos, made their mark on...
Harana , Traditions of Philippines , Serenade

The serenading suitors of the Philippines

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Under a courtship ritual called harana, it was compulsory for Filipino men to sing to their sweethearts
Chinese beauty, Historical cosmetics

Asia’s Age-Old Beauty Trends

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Across Asia, women throughout the ages have decorated their faces in pursuit of specific beauty ideals
Sepak Takraw , Singapore , Asian Sports

The Uniquely Southeast Asian Sport of Sepak Takraw

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Sepak takraw may have been around since the 15th century, but it’s no forgotten relic. Find out more about the history of this fast-growing sport – and its bid for Olympic recognition

Asia’s Broken Soles

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Jia Sidao, the ambitious chancellor of the Song dynasty, creeps over to the daughter of the late emperor. He lulls the trusting little girl...

Entering the Yali Tribe

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Where waters run wild and forests grow free, there are groups of people who live alongside Nature in perfect harmony. Tribes across the world...