Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Photographer Spotlight: Jobit George

Street/People Category July 2020 Winner, taken in New Delhi, India, captioned "Floral Face". As ASIAN Geographic’s annual Images of Asia (IOA) 2020 Photo/Videography Competition looms closer,...

Travel and Adventure

Science

Delivery Drones Are the New Postmen

Drones promise to be the future of consumer delivery in China, where large-scale trials are being carried out.

Culture

Pilgrims to the Centre of the Earth

They were all waiting for the same thing. When a squawking chicken tumbled over the volcano’s rim into their line of sight, nets moved in unison trying to predict the hapless fowl’s trajectory. Only one villager might have enough luck to bag the bird; while others can only wait for more to come.

One Book at a Time

The Rare Tradition

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Changing the Face of Plastic Waste

Although the world’s plastic consumption problem seems herculean to tackle (try coming to terms with the mind-boggling amount of plastic we use and dump), these visionary companies believe that their sustainability solutions work and are set to change the face of plastic waste. Miniwiz Miniwiz was founded in 2005 by architect...

An Epic Creation

Text by Shreya Acharya The birth of writing from ancient Sumer has led to prominent and influential literary works, such as the Epic of Gilgamesh, written in the 18th century BC during the Neo-Sumerian Empire – recognised as the earliest surviving great work of literature Mesopotamia comes from ancient Greek words...

The Way of the Gods

Shinto is ‘the way of the gods’ and, just as it is for many mortals, sumo wrestling is a favourite pasttime. For nearly 2,000 years, sumo wrestlers have performed their martial art, first in intimate shrines, and then in stadiums before thousands of spectators. At least as early as the 3rd century AD, the wrestlers would perform complex rituals to purify both their body and their spirit, and then fight for the entertainment of the gods during the matsuri (religious festivals). It was a sacred act of ritual, not a sport.

Light and Shadow

A play of light and shadow in Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam. Text: Rachel Genevieve Chia   Since arriving in Vietnam over a decade ago, Justin Mott has established himself as a photographer in Southeast Asia. He has been published in the New York Times, BBC, TIME, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. Mott also hosts the...

Current Affairs

Rejecting the Crown: The Coronavirus Pandemic

The label “Made in China” is perhaps preferred in association with the nation’s consumer goods. Its notorious export at present, however, is SARS-CoV-2, the...

Flowing Through Our Hearts: The International Day of Action for Rivers

According to International Rivers, the International Day of Action for Rivers is a day dedicated to solidarity – when diverse communities around the world...

Coronavirus Continues Killing Innocents

2020 began with a shocking start for everyone as the infectious CoronaVirus swallowed China and the rest of the word. Originally stemming from animal markets in Wuhan (China), the virus is said to have mutated and was passed onto humans from the animals. The virus has crossed Chinese borders and is now spreading to several other regions. Global death tolls have reached 132, and the number of total confirmed infections has risen to 6,000. 

China’s Attempt at Mitigating Plastic Waste

Text: Sitaraah Joshi Imagine looking over an endless sea of overcrowded, cluttered waste. Such is the plight of the heaps of rubbish that have been...

Yangtze’s Chinese Paddlefish: Declared Extinct

China’s Yangtze River was once teeming with Chinese paddlefish (Psephurus gladius). The largest specimen recorded was seven metres long and weighed 450KG, making it...

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The Uniquely Southeast Asian Sport of Sepak Takraw

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

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