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Act to follow

James Chambers on a new theatre and performing arts space in Bangkok that’s putting emerging artists centre stage.

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Roll with it

Jirawat Benchakarn’s JBB has built a loyal following by adapting elegant clothes for Thailand’s balmy climate.

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The stories you should be paying attention to – and the ones you might have missed.James Chambers on the Chinese city’s spotless façade and the welcome grime just beneath its surface.


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District nursing

Chadchart Sittipunt, Bangkok’s visionary governor, is using his position to root out corruption and clean up the Thai capital.

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Better together

Amid rising global tensions, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is – quietly –becoming more influential than ever before.

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Chimes of freedom

The Ukraine war has stoked fears of invasion in Taiwan. But it’s at the ballot box where its future relations with China could be defined.

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Talking shop

Blondie Tsang, president of Lane Crawford and Joyce, reveals how post-pandemic luxury retail is changing. The group is enticing customers back with upgraded interiors, edgy new brands and bespoke shopping experiences.

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Ruling by consensus

Deep into his second term as president, Joko Widodo is in a hurry to shore up his legacy. We join him as he tours ‘a new Bali’.

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25 things to make you happy

Summer is all about taking a break and doing the things that enhance your quality of life. And we’ve devised a modest checklist of ideas to set you on the right course – to make life just a bit nicer. So grab your swimmers…


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Happy medium

As Beijing tightens its grip on Hong Kong, broadcaster ViuTV is offering its residents some much-needed escapism.

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Future in stores

Thailand’s Central Group dominates the country’s retail scene with department stores and shopping malls, and is now moving across Europe, reviving and revivifying traditional outposts from Italy to Berlin. The conglomera…

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Group therapy

The fanatical followers of Hong Kong boy band Mirror reflect the troubled city’s yearning for some homegrown positivity and pride.

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Between the lines

Reporting from the middle ground of a divided city, the ‘South China Morning Post’ treads a tricky path. But will it be able to continue its balanced reporting as press freedom is increasingly attacked?

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14. Know thine enemy

By quickly and decisively acting on the lessons of previous outbreaks, three East Asian nations have dodged the worst of the pandemic. The West must take heed.

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Beach hub

Travel might be off the menu for most but some corners of southeast Asia are still open for business. In Bali, Indonesian firm PTT Family has created a village escape.

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Pride of place

Among the art-laden walls of Zürich’s Kronenhalle, photographer Michel Comte has found lifelong respite from his globetrotting work with the famous and fashionable.

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Escape plan

The country will soon have a new capital if the president’s ambitious (some say unlikely) plan comes to fruition. While there’s an argument for leaving Jakarta, would a new seat of government be an improvement?

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Self awareness

As affluent modern travellers seek a boost for brain and body, hotels are now mindful of the wellness boom’s potential. We find out how Asaya at Rosewood Hong Kong accommodates this feel-good factor.

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Close to home

Forget dull hotel rooms and fusty apartments: a group of architects-turned-entrepreneurs are cornering the market in well-designed rentals in South Korea – and beyond.


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