ASIAN Geographic

ASIAN Geographic 3/2019

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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EDITORIAL PUBLISHER/EDITORIAL DIRECTOR John THET • thet@asiangeo.com EDITOR KWEK Zhi Yin Rachel • rachel@asiangeo.com CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Ian BONGSO-SELDRUP • ian@asiangeo.com DESIGN SENIOR ART DIRECTOR Benjamin CHEH Ming Hann • ben@asiangeo.com WEB/IT Dutch CATALON • dutch@asiangeo.com ADVERTISING & MARKETING REGIONAL BUSINESS MANAGER Jason TAN • jason@asiangeo.com Anne LOW • anne@uw360.asia Desmond HO • desmond@asiangeo.com PROJECT & EVENTS MANAGER Ellfrance PHANG • ellfrance@uw360.asia MARKETING MANAGER Nora ISMAIL • nora@uw360.asia EVENTS & MARKETING ASSISTANT MANAGER Karter LEE • karter@uw360.asia CIRCULATION SENIOR TRAFFIC/PRODUCTION MANAGER Victor OW • victor@asiangeo.com CONTRIBUTORS Fern TEO Rajeswari VIKIRAMAN Sophie IBBOTSON TAY Thye Sun Terence KOH VAN Wangye Victoria VORREITER Selina TAN Shreya GOPI Editorial Submissions • editor@asiangeo.com Subscriptions • subscribe@asiangeo.com Feedback • info@asiangeo.com…

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editor’s note

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”Apostle Matthew, the Holy Bible Asia has no lack of treasures and in this issue, we present the multitude of identities and forms they take. The many aspects of culture makes it one of the hardest treasures to conserve, especially its intangible aspects. There is a wealth of cultural treasure in Asia and a considerable portion of it remains little known. With A Trove of Cultural Treasures in the Golden Triangle, we journey into the Golden Triangle to explore the lifestyles, spiritual beliefs, traditions and arts of the six major hill tribes that live there. Language is an important aspect of a culture and we feature six of them that are endangered in Fading into Oblivion. We also spotlight Chinese calligraphy and four…

1 min.
what’s online?

Nature’s Lightning Show Text and Photos Jacci Ingham Utterly enthralled by the enigmatic nature of dramatic thunderstorms, Jacci Ingham, a photographer from Darwin, sets off on a mission to record these beautiful and frightening spectacles in all their glory. www.asiangeo.com/nature/natures-lightning-show/ Asia’s Sweet Success: The History of Ice Cream in Asia Text Selina Tan The concept of a frozen dessert is one that goes back thousands of years. By pouring a mixture of salt and ice over containers of liquid syrup, the Chinese were creating a rudimentary form of ice cream as long ago as 2000 BC. The resulting frozen product was served as a dessert to China’s elite. www.asiangeo.com/culture/asias-sweet-success-thehistory-of-ice-cream-in-asia/ Education and Hope: Inheriting a Future Text Karin Ronnow Photos Erik Petersen Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan – As the teacher led his ninth-grade students through a Dari lesson one summer…

2 min.
impressions of the wild

01 Title: Price of Greed | Media: Mixed | Description: A clamorous reed warbler (Acrocephalus stentoreus) ignores a big fat juicy caterpillar of Allancastria louristana in pursuit of a “spider”, which turns out to be the tail of the spider-tailed horned viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides), a viper species discovered in 2006. Both the viper and the caterpillar are endemic to western Iran whereas the warbler is a migrant bird. 02 Title: Looking for Land | Media: Colour pencil and pencil | Description: A polar bear trapped on a small ice sheet was looking for thicker ice to move to. Polar bears are threatened not just by climate change but also trophy hunting. 03 Title: Spotted Seal mother and pup | Media: Mixed | Description: Spotted seals (Phoca largha) are inhabitants of arctic or…

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four treasures of the study

In ancient China, literacy was often associated with political authority and status,and so was something valued. Nobles in particular emphasised literacy training and children from these families were taught calligraphy from a young age. Chinese calligraphy is a heritage art form that holds great significance in Chinese culture. It was not just a means of communication but also a supreme visual art form. As such, how words are written is as important as the words that are written. Chinese characters convey more than just phonetic sounds and semantic meanings. The way words are written is seen as a manifestation of a person’s character and his physical energy. A Tang Dynasty text personified calligraphy, explaining that a written character should stand balanced on all four sides, standing upright like a gentleman; the…

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four treasures of the study (文房四宝 )

Paper ( Zhi ) Its invention is famously credited to Cai Lun, a court eunuch who presented it to Emperor Hedi in 105 AD. Common materials for making paper are fibres of plants like hemp, bark and grass stems. Brush ( BI ) A wide variety of brushes are used in Chinese calligraphy. Archaeological evidence reveals that brushes were writing tools commonly used in the Shang Dynasty, which existed from 1766 to 1122 BC. A brush typically comprises a bamboo or wood handle and a tip made of animal hair. They can be categorised by their size and also by the texture of brush hairs. A good brush tip must fulfil four criteria: It has to be pointed and round and comprised of flexible hairs of uniform length. Ink stone ( Yan ) An ink…