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Chinese media find local stars more bankable

Jiang Wen, Li Yuchun and Fan Bingbing might not be household names in the West, but when China’s top editors at fashion and lifestyle magazines want to sell more copies, they approach the three star...

Updated : 2014.09.16 20:33

Life as a cosmetics mule in H.K.

Every six months or so, whenever I return to my family home in Tianjin, China, from Hong Kong where I now live, I cross the airport customs surreptitiously with all sorts of intoxicating products sto...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:06

Lessons from ‘Voltes V’ still resonate

When I was growing up in a suburb south of Manila, there was one year when a specific hour of a specific day of the week commanded an unrivaled reverence among prepubescent boys. At 6 p.m. every Fri...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:05

Guide dog endures pain of stabbing in silence

SAITAMA, Japan (The Japan News) ― A male guide dog was stabbed in Saitama in late July while assisting a 61-year-old man commuting to his office in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, it has been learned...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:04

Indian leader Modi dressed for success

Early this month, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to the stage in the town of Leh in Ladakh region wearing a gold-colored robe teamed with a maroon waist sash, and a cap with upturned flaps o...

Updated : 2014.08.26 20:27

Doubts raised over cheap car assembly plan in Vietnam

A Vietnamese auto company’s plan to assemble and sell the world’s cheapest car in Vietnam has been met with skepticism as the market seems lukewarm to cheap cars. TMT Motor, a prominent importer and...

Updated : 2014.08.26 20:26

Writer Mahtab Narsimhan chases perfection

Mahtab Narsimhan (The Star) A hidden note placed in a tiffin carrier. A split-second accident. A secret lost. This is how Mahtab Narsimhan’s “Tiffin” starts. And in a sense, it’s how it ends. ...

Updated : 2014.08.19 20:21

A love story like a fairy tale

Li Kangyu has not left his house for 30 years. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, he has been paralyzed and bedridden since he was seven. But his life took an unexpected turn for the better when h...

Updated : 2014.08.19 20:20

Ahok set to be Jakarta’s first Chinese governor

During the recent month-long presidential election campaign, a striking banner appeared across the capital with a silhouette of candidate Prabowo Subianto in a songkok. It read: “Jokowi remains gov...

Updated : 2014.08.19 20:19

Wan Azizah: Rise of a reluctant politician

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (The Star/Asia News Network) Before 1998, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail already wore many hats. She was kept busy as a surgeon, a volunteer at a cancer organization, a mother of six c...

Updated : 2014.08.13 21:29

Love knows no borders

Many Chinese netizens declared themselves heartbroken to learn of popular actress Tang Wei and South Korean director Kim Tae-yong’s sudden engagement recently. But the shock of the announcement was ...

Updated : 2014.08.05 19:54

Orphaned and displaced by war

ISLAMABAD ― Too often in war, it is the children who are the worst affected. Their suffering is not just physical; scars and bruises mean little to the hardened warzone children, be they from Yugosl...

Updated : 2014.08.05 19:54

More Malaysians eating out, but are they eating well?

Malaysia is a country of foodies where we ask friends “Have you eaten?” as a form of greeting and often plan trips not based on places we want to see, but places where we want to eat. More than 64...

Updated : 2014.08.05 19:52

Philippine Internet slowest in ASEAN

Rosemarie Pendon, 24, lives in Lagro, Quezon City and has mobile broadband sticks from three different telecommunications networks (telcos) but none can provide a sufficient signal for her to connect...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:25

The joy of traveling for the visually impaired

After a long and arduous climb one day in December 1981, Liza Maria Beh found herself at the top of Ayers Rock in Australia. While other hikers took in the scenic view of the ancient MacDonnell Range...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:24