Contributors / Gwen Robinson

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Grand central

A family firm that has become one of Asian retail’s biggest hitters has equally strong ambitions abroad. With its portfolio of European department stores, Central Group is confounding critics and giving new life to historic…

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Asia briefing

On the road with Chinese president Xi Jinping and ongoing constitutional woes in Thailand.

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Give a dog a home

Marking a shift away from high-rise mall culture is community-focused dog sanctuary The Barkyard Bangkok, which has set about adding bite to Thailand’s retail scene.

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Mall content

Bangkok has been rife with demonstrations and rebellion for months. But even after a coup the city’s businesses push on. Monocle reports from the concourse of the region’s most daring retail venture to date.

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Shed start

Yangon is abuzz with the prospect of renewal and passionate entrepreneurs are starting to make their mark. Monocle visits the TS1 pop-up which is using culture and commerce to make a difference and still forge a brand.

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Expo 73: Club scene

They’re a safe haven for journalists away from whatever turmoil is going on in the region. Sadly, they’ve also gone out of fashion in most corners of the world. We visit three foreign correspondents’ clubs that still hold…

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Open season

Monocle meets the foreign investors and returning natives making the most of a budding business market in Yangon, Asia’s new rising trade magnet.

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