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MACAU: ODDS TURN AGAINST THE HOUSE

STELLA CHENG WRITES – How fortunes change! In 2013, Macau’s gambling industry was seven times bigger than Las Vegas’. While Sin City was lucky to make $6.5 billion, Macau, the only location in China where gambling is legal, raked in $45 billion. But the “Gold Rush in the East” seems to be slowly drying up. […]

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INDONESIA: NO MORE ‘MR NICE NATION’? BETTER WATCH OUT, CHINA

INDONESIAN SCHOLAR RISTIAN ATRIANDI SUPRIYANTO WRITES (courtesy of The Diplomat) – Yet another incident involving a Chinese coastguard vessel and an Indonesian patrol boat has occurred in the vicinity of Indonesia’s Natuna Islands in the South China Sea. Unlike the previous incidents, this time the Chinese coastguard vessel almost intruded into Indonesia’s 12-nautical mile territorial […]

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USA: No Asian Exceptions in the American Justice System

RYAN URBAN WRITES – Asian Americans have made their presence known in the fight against racial injustice. On Saturday, February 21, more than 10,000 protesters rallied in Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn to denounce the conviction of 28-year – old Peter Liang. The New York City police officer was convicted of second degree manslaughter. Officer Liang was conducting […]

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QATAR: Bring It On, Critics

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES- Immune to accusations of bribery, human rights abuses, and having really hot weather, Qatar intends to host the 2022 World Cup as planned, come what may. Such immunity can make anyone cocky, and at a New York Times art conference in Doha, the Emir’s sister Sheikha Al Mayassa claimed that criticism only […]

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SINGAPORE: BEHIND THE TRUMPET OF THE PESSIMISTS

COURTESY OF THE WORLD POST, KISHORE MAHBUBANI WRITES FROM SINGAPORE — The rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in American politics has shocked the world. America has consistently projected itself as the country that could be trusted for political predictability and stability. While extremist or fringe movements might emerge in other countries, American political […]

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HONG KONG: What Will Hong Kong Look Like in ‘Ten Years’

MIRANDA PAK WRITES – Imagine a Hong Kong taxi driver’s income shrinking significantly because he cannot speak Mandarin. This scenario is one of five short films in the Hong Kong indie movie Ten Years. The local, low budget film visualizes Hong Kong in 2025, “[depicting a radicalized] future in which a National Security Law looms […]

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BEIJING: THE QUESTION OF CHINA’S IMAGE

TOM PLATE WRITES – I have been traveling to Asia and writing about it in various newspapers and journals for two decades, and I have visited China enough times to know it closely. My observation about China is substantially different from most of the written accounts I read or video-view back home in the United […]

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MALAYSIA: MAYBE MAHATHIR IS RIGHT?

TOM PLATE WRITES – When “Conversations with Mahathir,” the second of four volumes in the Giants of Asia series, was published a few years ago, some of my friends and colleagues were utterly aghast. How could you ― gullible American author ― dignify this vulgar man with such semi-reverential treatment? My gosh, what a sleazy […]

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K-POP KORNER: PSA – Your Idol Is Not Your Boyfriend

KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – They say that diamonds are forever, but in K-Pop fandom, nothing lasts longer than a good, ol’ (often blown ridiculously out of proportion) dating scandal. From a Western perspective, celebrities dating isn’t a big deal; in fact, it is often expected, even celebrated. But when news of a K-Pop band member […]

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BANGKOK: THE FLOWERING OF THE NOIR ARTIST

TH FOLLOWING COURTESY OF THE NATION NEWSPAPER IN BANGKOK- Chris Coles, the American expressionist painter who’s spent so many years in Thailand that every evening stroll becomes a neon nightmare, has suddenly gone all flowery. Faced with the predicament of having no paintings that his mother back in Maine would be proud to show her […]

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