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Musings From the Other Side of the Planet

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The New Global Audience for the Asian Artisan

over 2 years ago
by Aun Koh

Growing up in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s, "made in Asia" always held a less than positive connotation. Back then, most people believed--mostly because of poorly-made electronics, cheap toys, cars that constantly broke down, and knock-offs--that anything coming out of Asia was simply ...

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Will Gay Marriage Ever be Legalized in Asia?

over 2 years ago
by Aun Koh

Two weeks ago, the happiest place on earth got a whole lot happier. Tokyo Disneyland, in a move that surprised and delighted thousands across Asia, announced their support of gay marriages. While gay marriage is not currently legal in Japan, nor anywhere else in Asia, Mickey and his friends will ...

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A China Strategy for Small Luxury Labels

over 2 years ago
by Aun Koh

The second annual Men's Fashion Week, an SGD$8 million gathering of global designers and Asian pop stars, is currently underway in here in Singapore. I was very happy that one of my friends, a British tailor turned lifestyle engineer, was invited to take part. Over dinner the other night, the hot ...

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Skinny-Fat People

over 2 years ago
by Aun Koh

Whenever American friends visit me in Singapore, they often comment on how slim the majority of people in Singapore--as well as in other major cities in Asia--seem. My male friends in particular love coming here because, as one rather bluntly and crudely put it, "Man, Singapore rocks! All the gals ...

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Why do your kids speak Korean?

over 2 years ago
by Aun Koh

When I was in high school in the USA in the late 1980s, the big Asian language that many of my peers wanted to learn was Japanese. A half-decade later, the number one choice was Mandarin. Today, however, more and more kids are turning towards a language that I personally would never have imagined ...