Contributors / James Chambers

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The opener

Art for diplomats, curbing California’s cushty canteen culture, dining cars hit the buffers and a political tussle on Chinese cinema screens.


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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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Thing of beauty

Amorepacific’s HQ is challenging traditional office-design concepts in the South Korean capital and aims to nurture healthier, happier workers – while increasing productivity of course.

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Puppy power

Even the fiercest dogs start life as cuddly puppies. But at Hong Kong’s police-dog training centre, every game has a purpose: to prepare canines for a life of sniffing luggage, searching vehicles and fighting crime.

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Calm before a storm

The president of Taiwan is softly spoken and unassuming but that hasn’t stopped her from ruffling a few feathers. We speak to her as she gears up for the 2020 election.

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The perfect fit

Conscious of the need to develop a retail aesthetic worthy of housing the company’s iconic products, New Balance’s creative whizz Bob Neville got to work. The result of his endeavours is the extraordinary Bird Centre in…

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Blue-sky thinker

An aeronautical eureka moment helped Michimasa Fujino relaunch the stalled Honda Aircraft project – and its HA-420 is now the private-aviation industry’s most sought-after jet.

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Crowd pleaser

South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in has been caught in the verbal crossfire between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un – but quietly got his way and delivered a diplomatic triumph. And he still has time to watch TV with his cat…

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Reflective leader

Seoul’s mayor is a man who combines data analysis and participatory democracy as, bit by bit, he goes about giving his city a facelift. Park Won-soon tells us how it’s done.

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Here to stay

James Chambers reporting from Laos: Meet Adrian Zecha, the 84-year-old industry veteran who’s setting out to redefine hospitality in 2018.

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Lap of luxury

James Chambers reporting from Bangkok: The president of Sansiri, one of Thailand’s largest residential developers, explains why foreigners are flocking to Bangkok to buy up his properties.

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Word has it

Each month we’ll be capturing the signature looks at our favourite trade fairs. This issue the crowd at Art Basel in Hong Kong has something to say.

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Killer in Manila

Under President Duterte, thousands of drug users and dealers have been gunned down. The response from the people of the Philippines? Carry on, please.

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Joyce Wang: Interior motives

Joyce Wang got her big break as a 27-year-old in Los Angeles, redesigning the interior of the Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. After two years on the West Coast she moved back to her native Hong Kong in 2011, set up…

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First-class selection

Each month we’ll review the best and boldest of a city’s retail – and this month we’re in Taipei. Across the Taiwanese capital, low rents have contributed to a boom in ‘select shops’, which are almost as numerous as the…

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Changing of the guard

James Chambers reporting from Hanoi: In Vietnam’s fast-paced capital where two wheels still rule the streets, old-world charm and the status quo are being challenged by a rapid social and urban transformation.


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