Harana , Traditions of Philippines , Serenade

The serenading suitors of the Philippines

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

Wu Xing: The Five Corners of a Circle

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

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
Chinese beauty, Historical cosmetics

Asia’s Age-Old Beauty Trends

Across Asia, women throughout the ages have decorated their faces in pursuit of specific beauty ideals

Rise of an Authoritarian Leader: Ferdinand Marcos

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...

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.

Entering the Yali Tribe

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

Chiang Mai’s Three Traditional Handicrafts

Thailand's northern city of Thailand was once the center of knowledge, architecture and commerce. Traders and travellers alike brought with them handicrafts like silverware, parasols and woodcarvings, all of which are still made today.

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