ASIAN Geographic

ASIAN Geographic Issue 1 - 2016

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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In this issue

1 min.
road song of the bandar-log

Here we sit in a branchy row, Thinking of beautiful things we know; Dreaming of deeds that we mean to do, All complete, in a minute or two — Something noble and grand and good, Won by merely wishing we could. Now we’re going to — never mind, Brother, thy tail hangs down behind! All the talk we ever have heard Uttered by bat or beast or bird — Hide or fin or scale or feather — Jabber it quickly and all together! Excellent! Wonderful! Once again! Now we are talking just like men. Let’s pretend we are... never mind, Brother, thy tail hangs down behind! This is the way of the Monkey-kind. RUDYARD KIPLING (1865–1936) was an English poet, short-story writer and novelist best remembered for his tales for children and…

1 min.
get cozy with nature

Singapore may be a concrete jungle, but there are pockets in this island that will get you close to nature. After all, this city state is not known as the Garden City for no reason. Hotel Clover The Arts is situated along South Bridge Road, in the heart of Singapore’s ethnic enclave of Chinatown, with 44 rooms over six storeys that are decorated in the most elaborate of wall murals. Be swept away by the stunningly picturesque mountainscapes of Japan’s Mount Fuji, painted in the backdrop of blooming sakuras. The hues of blue and pink will provide a sense of calm and peace, ensuring a good night’s sleep. Or be surrounded by dashes of colour, with rooms decorated with the Birds of Paradise and sink into a restful night as the swirls of…

1 min.
editor’s note

“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.”– Jane Goodall I have a folder in my mailbox called “Feedback”, and since our last issue, the total number of mails I’ve received is one. It was a strongly-opinionated complaint about how we should not have anglicised Yip Man’s name to Ip Man. But to me, a seemingly negative reaction is better than no reaction at all. It is precisely our indifference and apathy that would leave us poor stewards of the world we live in. When we don’t care, we don’t do anything. In this wildlife issue, we highlight the plight of endangered animals in Asia – the handsome proboscis monkey in Borneo, the under-nourished horses of Gili Islands, the blue and white Bali mynahs of Indonesia. These animals are fast-disappearing even as humans…

2 min.
antics in the wild

Primates – which consist of monkeys, apes and more – have long bewildered our imaginations with their cheekiness, antics, similarities and human-like behaviour. Monkeys and apes are both primates, with the main difference being that monkeys have tails while apes do not. Today, there are about 260 known living species of monkeys and six types of apes in the world. This series of photos capture the simian race at their most human and picturesque, from travelling to sleeping to swimming and even group hugging. Primates Late 19th cent.: from Latin primas, primat- ‘of the first rank’ n. a mammal of an order that includes the lemurs, bushbabies, tarsiers, marmosets, monkeys, apes and humans. They are distinguished by having hands, hand-like feet and forward-facing eyes and are typically agile tree-dwellers CS LING is a…

2 min.
bear or barbary?

INDIA BEAR MACAQUE Macaca arctoides Male and female bear macaques bald with age SPAIN BARBARY MACAQUE Macaca sylvanus Did you know? Male instead of female Barbary macaques help to care, groom and play with their youngs The bear macaque, or stump-tailed macaque, is found in subtropical and tropical broadleaf evergreen forests. Their distribution range includes northeastern India and southern China onto the northwestern tip of West Malaysia on the Malay Peninsula. They are also found in Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and far eastern Bangladesh. Listed as Vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, bear macaque infants are born white in colour and darken with age. With thick, long, dark brown fur covering their bodies and short tails which measure less than 10cm, their bright pink or red faces will darken to brown or…

2 min.
baboons in ancient egypt

Baboons were well-represented in ancient Egypt and were kept as sacred animals in several Egyptian temples. Featured in hieroglyphics, paintings, artworks, statues and in sacred tombs, the ancient Egyptians believed that baboons were the first creatures to pay proper religious observances, as they were often portrayed with their arms raised in worship of the sun. Since baboons exhibit many human characteristics, it was believed that they were deceased ancestors. The baboon god Babi, also known as Baba, was worshipped for its sexual virility and was endowed with the aggressive characteristics of a dominant male baboon – attributes admired by the first kings of Egypt who fought for dominance in the land and their domains. Statues of Baba, simply translated as the “bull of the baboons”, were based on the dog-faced baboon (Papio…