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28 April 2015
The boomtown facts

Recent years have seen a galvanisation of Singapore’s creative industries yet is the dream of pursuing a career in the arts accessible to all? Monocle’s Jason Li has his doubts.

When I returned to Singapore last November to help set up our newest bureau and shop, I almost couldn’t recognise the city of my birth and upbringing. In the six years or so since I left, young Singaporeans have been ste…

Jason Li

Singapore

We look back at the IMF/World Bank spring meeting and investigate the so-called “super taper tantrum”. We’ll hear what the impact of this is likely to be and how it might have reshaped the emerging market landscape.

Asia’s farmers grapple with change, teaching young Cambodians about the Khmer Rouge and Shanghai motor show ditches glitz for greenery – in this week’s edition of the Nikkei Asian Review

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Tuesday 28 April

Recent years have seen a galvanisation of Singapore’s creative industries yet is the dream of pursuing a career in the arts accessible to all? Monocle’s Jason Li has his doubts.

When I returned to Singapore last November to help set up our newest bureau and shop, I almost couldn’t recognise the city of my birth and upbringing. In the six years or so since I left, young Singaporeans have been ste…

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