Taiwan’s Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall set to lose authoritarian symbols and giant statue of former KMT leader

September 9, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]A Taiwanese government body has released plans to transform the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall – one of Taipei’s most prominent landmarks – by removing all symbols associated with the late Kuomintang party leader in what it described as a reflection on the island’s authoritarian past.The memorial, set in a 240,000 square…

I left Japan for North Korea expecting paradise, and was trapped for 43 years

September 8, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]It was cold and pitch black when Eiko Kawasaki was last able to speak with her youngest daughter. Terrified that her call might be detected, she stood in the shadow of a tree and spoke quietly as she clutched the mobile phone to her ear. Her daughter was only a couple…

Indonesia looks for more funds as bill for China-backed rail project balloons by US$2 billion

September 7, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The construction of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway – part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative infrastructure scheme – is facing a cost overrun of nearly US$2 billion and a number of other challenges, including ineffective communications between the Indonesian and Chinese sides.The project’s estimated cost has increased to US$7.9 billion, up…

Carrie Lam may have a vision for Hong Kong but where is the outreach?

September 6, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]I suspect that those anticipating Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s swansong policy address scheduled for next month are not so much interested to see what the chief executive has planned for the city but rather, whether Lam would be dropping any hints about her political future.Lam had been pretty tight-lipped and non-committal…

A tale of two museums: How Hong Kong’s arts hub design could have been more inclusive

September 5, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]When working on a residential project on Stubbs Road, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry came to Hong Kong in 2005 and spoke of our city as a place with not much architecture, as most buildings resemble “products from the same cookie cutter”.If buildings are hardware, architecture is hardware with a soul.Hong…

Vietnam coronavirus epicentre Ho Chi Minh City considering lifting lockdown, ending ‘zero Covid-19’ policy

September 4, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Vietnam’s coronavirus epicentre, Ho Chi Minh City, which has kept residents confined at home under lockdown, is considering reopening economic activity from September 15, shifting from a “zero Covid-19” strategy to a policy of living with the virus.The city of 9 million people is targeting a phased reopening and the full…

Cai Xukun album release strategy in China sparks fraud allegations, fierce defence of artist and suspension of thousands of Weibo accounts

September 2, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The legality of a musician’s attempt at a unique album roll-out was questioned by a media report earlier this week, causing online backlash and the rushed release of the rest of the album.In April, Cai Xukun released 6 out of 11 songs from his forthcoming album Puzzle online, along with the…

Parents of star Qiao Renliang who took his own life five years ago bullied online for not looking ‘sad enough’ in new videos

August 31, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The parents of a former Shanghai-based singer and actor who committed suicide five years ago have been attacked on the internet for not looking sad in videos they released on social media, with some people mocking their physical appearance.Qiao Renliang’s death on September 16, 2016, was a major story in China…

Singapore’s Good Class Bungalows: the home of choice for tech tycoons like Shi Xu, Anthony Tan and other Crazy Rich Asians

August 30, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Think of “luxury housing” in Singapore and the images that typically spring to mind are of spacious condominium units with high ceilings and large windows into the city scape.But in the land-scarce island nation, the property asset that really sets apart a Crazy Rich Asian from a merely rich one is…

Phishing emails, love scams among surging Hong Kong cybercrimes with more online users amid Covid-19 pandemic

August 29, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Cybercrimes in Hong Kong surged in the first half of this year, as the Covid-19 pandemic kept people online and vulnerable to scammers.There were victims among many who fell in love online, and those tricked into revealing their personal details to con men, among others.A man in France claimed he lost…