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Spectrosynthesis, the first LGBTQ exhibition in an art museum in Asia

Spectrosynthesis, the first LGBTQ exhibition in an art museum in Asia

2015 was a significant year in the world LGBT movement with a boldening of the “7-colored rainbow”. But that rainbow did not quite reach the Asian continent. Much of Asia was yet unwilling to accept rights of sexual minorities due to objections on the basis of religious and cultural values. And then came May 2017, […]

An Overview of LGBT Rights in Asia: Focus on Taiwan

An Overview of LGBT Rights in Asia: Focus on Taiwan

2015 was a significant year in the world LGBT movement with a boldening of the “7-colored rainbow”. But that rainbow did not quite reach the Asian continent. Much of Asia was yet unwilling to accept rights of sexual minorities due to objections on the basis of religious and cultural values. And then came May 2017, […]

The Art of the Brick

The Art of the Brick

 “Dreams are built…one brick at a time!”  The global touring exhibition The Art of the Brick, based on Nathan Sawaya’s artworks, is hosted by the Ara Art Museum in Seoul. People can visit the venue until February 4th, 2018. The American artist uses LEGO bricks to create his artwork, transforming colorful blocks into awe-inspiring creations. […]

Killing for a drug-free nation?

Killing for a drug-free nation?

“I have been demonized”—the words of President Duterte on 25 October on the international accusation that his “War on Drugs” is a grave human rights violation. He continued in his statement, “I will assure you upon my oath as a lawyer and before God that some are true, some are not. And the extrajudicial tag […]

Penang floods: Human mistakes or nature’s fault?

Penang floods: Human mistakes or nature’s fault?

The beautiful island of Penang, northwest of peninsular Malaysia, had become the focal point on October 21st when 11 workers were buried under a landslide that occurred at a housing project in Tanjung Bungah. The massive construction sites located on the slopes of hills and near the lower parts of some highland areas in the […]

Why Do Dictators Kill Cartoonists?

Why Do Dictators Kill Cartoonists?

Naji al-Ali was the most significant cartoonist in the Arab world; his works have been published in almost every publication of Arab media, but thirty years ago, he was gunned down on the streets of London—where he had fled to from Kuwait three years earlier upon receiving death threats. The unknown killers were never arrested, […]

ASEAN, according to a Filipino Millennial

ASEAN, according to a Filipino Millennial

As a Grade 12 student taking up Humanities and Social Sciences, I believe its important to have a deeper and more critical understanding of what ASEAN is. I remember one of my teachers advising me that I should be able to give a “scholastic” answer in answering questions. But from my perspective, the ASEAN is […]

[Book Review] Two Moons, Two Realities

[Book Review] Two Moons, Two Realities

1Q84, Haruki Murakami, Shinchosa, Japan, 2009 (book 1 & 2), 2010 (book 3) Over 900 pages in length and published in two volumes (the first containing Books 1 and 2, the second, Book 3), 1Q84 is a novel written by world-renowned author Haruki Murakami. Set in 1984 Tokyo, 1Q84 vacillates between two characters: Aomame, a […]

[Book Review] Agatha Christie, the Queen of the Crime

[Book Review] Agatha Christie, the Queen of the Crime

(Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie, Collins Crime Club, 1934) Set in the 1930s, Murder on the Orient Express is a detective novel written by Agatha Christie featuring Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, a clever and private detective. Poirot is on the Orient Express but the train is caught in the snow. When one of […]

The Asian Century – Key Issues

The Asian Century – Key Issues

  Towards the end of October, the rumblings of Asia were resounding worldwide. The new AJA motto, “New Asia, New Dynamics” is more than proving to be relevant. Xi Jinping’s name has been written into the Chinese constitution while he is still in power. It includes a reference to his “treatise” on Socialism with Chinese […]

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