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ASIAN Geographic 3/2018

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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.
{ editor’s note }

“Politics is comparable to boxing. The only thing is that in politics, there are basically no rules.”Wladimir Klitschko, Ukrainian boxer Sports and politics are among some of the most divisive areas of life. Either you’re into them, or you’re not; either you root for this side, or you don’t. But at the core of both these subjects lies the story of our existential struggle – a wonderfully conflicted, primitively emotional struggle – that marks every sporting endeavour and policy decision, lending these fields histories full of rich significance to the human race. This year, the quadrennial Asian Games – a massive sports event that often gets mixed up with some of its regional variants (pg 68) – will be hosted here in Southeast Asia. We appraise several local sports that set the…

2 min.
mornings in malacca

The old city still radiates a timeless charm. In Malacca, once considered among Southeast Asia’s greatest trading ports, nothing parallels the hotchpotch heritage better than the locals inhabiting its labyrinthine alleys. After being discovered by a wandering Srivijayan monarch from Sumatra, the humble, strategically located 14th-century fishing village on Malaysia’s southern peninsula enjoyed its golden age monopolising trading routes from China to India and bursting at the seams with settlers. Following colonisation by the Portuguese in 1511, the Dutch in 1641, and the British in 1826, and – finally – independence, once-bustling Melaka gradually reverted to its original state as a sleepy backwater, while her sister cities rose to favour in their turn. Today, the web of cultural influences that form this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s complex identity still whispers old secrets…

1 min.
eu vs asean

EU Founded: 1993 Member States: 28 Population: 742 million GDP: USD19.9 trillion Growth rate: 2.6% Main Trading Partners: USA, China, Switzerland Latest Treaty: Lisbon Treaty (2007) ASEAN Founded: 1967 Member States: 10 Population: 634 million GDP: USD2.8 trillion Growth rate: 5.3% Main Trading Partners: China, EU, Japan Latest Treaty: ASEAN Charter (2008) DATA SOURCES: ROBERTO GIMENEZ LLAMAS/WARWICK ASEAN CONFERENCE, TOMMY KOH/BUSINESS TIMES, PETER HAINE/THE GUARDIAN, EUROPA.EU, LUXEMBOURG FOR FINANCE, WORLDOMETERS, EYE ON ASIA, ASEAN ORGANISATION, THE BALANCE, NEXT BIG FUTURE, EUROSTAT, INDEPENDENT, ROBERTA PANIZZA/EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, TERMSAK CHALERMPALANUPAP/THE DIPLOMAT, KRIT KRAICHITTI…

2 min.
ideals and identities

BRUNEI Flag: Designed 1959 Royal yellow backdrops the national crest. “Always render service with God’s guidance” is inscribed in Arabic on the Islamic crescent. Flower: The blooming Simpor (Dillenia) symbolises the country’s development, and features prominently in handicrafts and on the one-dollar note INDONESIA Flag: Designed 1945 Derived from the flag of the 13th-century Majapahit Empire, its red and white symbolise blood and spirit. Flowers: There are three: the long-blooming Moon Orchid (Phalaenopsis amabilis), the sacredArabian Jasmine (Jasminum sambac), and the large, rare and pungent Rafflesia (Rafflesia arnoldii) CAMBODIA Flag: Designed 1993 The world’s only flag featuring an actual building – Angkor Wat, representing Theravada Buddhism – against Khmer red and blue. Flower: Chosen by King Sihamoni in 2005 for its fragrance, the Rumduol (Sphaerocoryne affinis) is grown across the country as a natural perfume LAOS Flag: Designed 1975 Depicting…

3 min.
an epic experience

To get a drink the way you like it at the Epic Arts Cafe – a coffee spot amid farms and colonial French architecture in sleepy Kampot town – one can try ordering in sign language from shy, mostly deaf baristas. But it’s for a good cause, of course. Apart from precious employment for staff with disabilities, coffee sales here fund projects for local non-profit Epic Arts, an organisation looking to give locals a leg up for a career in the arts, in a country with scarce government policies to protect the disadvantaged. “In our education programmes, we work with young people with learning disabilities because the education system isn’t set up for them, so there is nowhere for a child with Down syndrome to go to school,” explains programme manager Hayley…

1 min.
arenas of valour

Hard-core gamers might seem out of place at a sports stadium, but that’s exactly who will be comprising part of the audience at this year’s Asian Games in Jakarta: fans of cult digital quests Arena of Valor, Starcraft II, Hearthstone, Clash Royale, League of Legends and Pro Evolution Soccer 2018. Thanks to e-commerce giant Alibaba, competitive electronic gaming, or e-sports – once a curiosity in places like South Korea – is now making its way into the Asian Games as an official sport. Asiad’s organising body, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), noted the industry’s “rapid development and popularity” as a form of sports among youth, generating some USD490 million in revenue in 2016. “E-sports is the way forward, and this is evident from how sponsors are reacting. From Coca-Cola, the oldest…