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‘New challenges as Singapore enters next 50 years’

Singapore has come a long way in the last 50 years, but this milestone should be seen less as a final destination than a springboard to an even better future, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. In...

Updated : 2015.01.20 19:57

Kabuki fans answer call for yellers

OSAKA, Japan ― “Matsushima-ya!” Nine men and women in their 50s and 60s enthusiastically shouted as they watched a video of a kabuki play in Chuo Ward, Osaka. They were being schooled in the art of y...

Updated : 2015.01.20 19:56

Pangkalan Bun: A small town with a big heart

On a hot morning last Sunday, Ms. Saptuyah, 37, bought 200 packets of nasi bungkus ― takeaway rice meal ― and set out on a delivery. With the help of two friends, she took 150 packets to the milit...

Updated : 2015.01.13 21:03

Drawing on heritage

Street art ― some as high as 15 m ― is drawing droves of visitors to Malaysia’s old towns. Many have catapulted the buildings that serve as canvasses to fame while others have drawn the public’s ...

Updated : 2015.01.13 21:02

Fighting for gender equality in Malaysia

Mary Shanthi Dairiam, 75, has spent half her life advocating for human rights and women’s rights all over the world. She is currently the founding director of the International Women’s Rights Acti...

Updated : 2015.01.06 20:50

Look out, there’s a robot just waiting to take over your job

They are cheaper, don’t get tired, won’t strike, and they might be better than you. In a restaurant newly opened in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, four robots are busy waiting tables. The r...

Updated : 2015.01.06 20:49

Jakarta teens seek to end violence against women

Watching movies, hanging out in a shopping mall or chatting in a coffee shop ― these are the perceptions most people have about the ways teenagers spend their weekend, but for some young girls a chan...

Updated : 2015.01.06 20:49

Business as usual for Ikea hacker

When Yap Mei Mei, or Jules as she is better known online, said she was thinking about becoming a full-time blogger, no one really took her seriously. Little did her family and friends know that Yap’...

Updated : 2014.12.31 21:04

For love ― and luxury

It is easier than ever to buy overseas items, but that’s not the real reason behind the booming ranks of China’s “haitao” consumers. Liu Xin, 32, a Beijing local, has been buying products for he...

Updated : 2014.12.31 21:03

Restaurants bring back tableside service despite labor crunch

It used to be fashionable for restaurant waiters to finish a dish tableside, usually by dousing it with alcohol and setting it alight, before portioning and serving it. This sort of thing went out o...

Updated : 2014.12.31 21:02

Memories of massacre made public

In her grievance form submitted to then-Nanjing mayor Ma Chaojun during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1937-45), the 80-year-old widow recalled how Japanese soldiers cleaved her g...

Updated : 2014.12.16 20:41

The sweet life

This guy has put a new spin on cotton candy. Arnold Castro, who didn’t get the chance to enjoy the sweet confection as a child, now spends his days spinning sugar into the melt-in-the-mouth cotton ...

Updated : 2014.12.16 20:40

Bollywood’s trailblazer

Bollywood likes what are known in the industry as “in character” appearances. When Indian superstar Aamir Khan walks into the conference room at the plush Taj Lands End hotel in Mumbai to promote ...

Updated : 2014.12.16 20:36

Bride or brothel

The two traffickers were detected and stopped by police as they were boarding a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. They had three women with them, bought from their families for around $470 each,...

Updated : 2014.12.09 21:00

High-tech toys attract adults as well as kids

With Christmas approaching, many children are filled with joyful expectations for this year’s presents. But today’s toys have become increasingly high-tech, attracting not only kids but adults as w...

Updated : 2014.12.09 20:59