ASIAN Geographic

ASIAN Geographic 2/2018

ASIAN Geographic is the bi-monthly magazine that scours the region to bring readers the most compelling stories and images from the world's largest and most diverse continent. Readers enjoy a unique melting pot of breathtaking photography and in-depth features covering culture, nature, sustainability issues and exploration into the history of this diverse region. A regular 'Exploration' segment follows brave field editors as they travel deep into Asia's unexplored regions to take readers on a journey.

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8 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
how i photographed asian geographic’s culture story:“vanishing act”

I enjoy photographing the city at night. With Sony’s newest full-frame high-resolution mirrorless camera, the б7R III , I can capture moments with better dynamic range and greater responsiveness. The б7R III has few changes to its overall design, but the real difference is in Sony’s attention to detail. With a bigger rear navigation wheel, added joystick, and the ergonomic positioning of its buttons, the б7R III is an overwhelmingly pleasant camera to use. At its heart, is the 42.4MP4 full-frame Exmor R™ CMOS sensor provides a high dynamic range, leading to better details from shadows and highlights in post processing. With an electronic viewfinder, LCD panel, ISO 32,000 and an upgraded autofocus, I’m able to shoot in challenging, low-light conditions with the camera operating the same speed and accuracy as…

1 min.
a bountiful harvest

As the month of May ushers in abundance and prosperity of nature's gifts, different regions in the Philippines delight in dazzling spectacles of magnanimous proportions. Flamboyant parades, religious rituals, and gratifying performances illuminate towns and cities, and locals open their doors to the world in celebration of the good fortune of the harvest season. In Lucban, Quezon, homes are adorned with colorful rice wafers known as kiping to welcome the annual Pahiyas Festival. The occasion, which has taken the historic town to new heights as a cultural heritage site, begins every 15th of May and continues in the next few days with a series of activities including a horse racing event, a grand parade featuring performers, oats, and marching bands, and a procession that honors San Isidro de Lab Labrador, the…

2 min.
editor’s note

I am Teochew, and every year since my father was a teenager, grandma would go to the wet market before the Dragon Boat Festival and jostle with other grandmas to buy salted eggs, chestnuts, bamboo leaves and red beans. Then she’d lug her haul back into our tiny kitchen and spend the following days wrapping and steaming the world’s meatiest, most substantial sticky rice dumplings, each the size of a fat grapefruit. Wars were had between siblings, neighbours and in-laws over these pyramids of deliciousness. I was 13 when grandma died, and her recipes with her. None of us had learnt them; We always assumed she’d be there, doling out dumplings every June, the same way you never expect a car accident to claim your cat on a muggy Tuesday after…

2 min.
old as the hills

Stepping into Sichuan’s Daliang Mountains is like stepping back in time. Here, women care for the home, which is shared with livestock. Toilets might be next to animal pens. Clothes aren’t always spotless. On a scroll, in an old syllabic script, is recorded the tribe’s precious history, safeguarded by the village chief. Its people may be poor, but the irony is rich: The same mountains that ensconce the Yi people and keep their traditions safe from fast-developing modern China have also ensured their exclusion from sanitation and healthcare initiatives – and prevented them from selling produce to the cities. Exempt from the country’s onetime one-child policy, many Yi have big families, but cannot afford to send more than a couple of children – often boys – to school. As with every other hill…

3 min.
doctor’s orders

Apothecary Medicines 5TH CENTURY BCE Apothecaries in medieval Europe often concocted strange medicines using odd ingredients to heal various ailments. A skin infection treatment might consist of fermented crushed onions, garlic, bull’s gall, and wine, while complaints of a bloated stomach might be met with a mixture of wine, cumin, and anise. Surprisingly, some of these creations actually worked – thanks to the antibiotic or disinfecting properties of their ingredients. Bloodletting 5TH CENTURY BCE The ancient Greeks believed that sickness was caused by excess blood in the body. As a cure, doctors would cut different parts of the body and drain out a specific volume of blood to tackle different illnesses. The technique was used throughout the Western world until around 1890, and even today, bloodletting is still used to improve conditions like hemochromatosis by…

1 min.
homemade moonshine

Myanmar, despite the Buddha’s encouragement to abstain from intoxicating substances, is home to a dizzying array of homemade alcohol. Apart from the ubiquitous national staple, Myanmar Beer, many rural communities are manufacturing their own do-it-yourself rice wine brews using spare rice and millet. The final product’s shelf life of just a few days means there’s always a batch being fermented and drunk somewhere. Whether out of bottles, cups or a pot with bamboo straws, this cultural beverage has been the country’s drink of choice for years. In Myitkyina, the state capital of Kachin – Myanmar’s northernmost subdivision in the Himalayan foothills – thriving micro-distilleries hum with life behind almost every home. Manned by women, huge cauldrons of white rice are steamed over smouldering log fires, then fed into a rickety system…