ASIAN Geographic

ASIAN Geographic Issue 3 - 2015

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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1 min.
language of the mountains the southern dialect

Thiruvananthapuram (the traditional and current term), or Trivandrum (Anglicised), is the capital city of Kerala and its southernmost district. Thiruvananthapuram city and several other places in the district loom large in ancient tradition and literature. Thiruvananthapuram had in its early past a political and cultural history that was in some respects independent. It was from here that the British gradually extended their domain to other parts of Thiruvithamcore (Travancore). Modern history begins with Marthanda Varma, as the father of modern Travancore. The state of Kerala came into being on November 1, 1956, with Thiruvananthapuram as its capital. Malayalam has its origin from the words malai, meaning, “mountain” and alam, meaning, “land” or “locality”. Hence, “Malayali” is used to denote the people from the mountains, living beyond the Western Ghats, and “Malayalam” refers…

8 min.
back into the vault

The same fossil fuels that power our technological achievements are now known to be altering our Earth’s atmosphere and climate. The organic chemicals – particularly CO – released from burning vegetation, natural gas, coal and oil are now collecting in the atmosphere. The negative consequences of this are now well known, including an overall increase in global temperatures, ocean acidification, melting ice and rising seas. But perhaps the technological skills that helped us to burn these materials can help us to right the atmospheric balance that we are fast tilting. What if we could avoid a climate catastrophe by putting the released greenhouse gases back into the Earth? Is this an irresponsible fantasy, a pathway to salvation, or something in between? How can carbon be removed from the atmosphere? Primarily, it is…

5 min.

Beyond the technological expertise to build sustainably, there is a pressing need for more skilled professionals to step forward and cover a distressed minority whom even governments cannot reach. March 11, 2011: The world watched in horror as lives and property were wrecked when 40-metre-high tsunami waves ruthlessly pounded the Pacific coast of Tohoku following the Great East Japan earthquake. Authorities later confirmed that almost 16,000 people perished that day. As many as 400,000 buildings collapsed, either fully or partially, and a further 750,000 sustained damage. Stepping off the plane at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport half a world away, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban received news of the disaster in his homeland. He knew at once that there was no time for despair. Plans began materialising in his head. The road to…

1 min.
public holidays in tacloban

APR 3 FRIDAY Good Friday An important religious occasion for Catholics, it is marked by fasting and Easter mass services APR 9 THURSDAY The Day of Valour Araw ng Kagitingan, also known as the Day of Valour, commemorates the greatness of Filipino fighters during World War II JUN 12 FRIDAY Independence Day One of the most significant dates in Philippine history, this holiday sees the locals participating or observing nationwide parades AUG 31 MONDAY National Heroes Day A day to honour and remember the country's National heroes, people whose acts of courage enabled the Philippines to strengthen as a nation OCT 15 THURSDAY Amun Jadid Commonly known as the Islamic New Year, this day leads into Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar and a time of remembrance DEC 25 FRIDAY Christmas Day In this predominantly Christian country, the Christmas season is celebrated with gusto around the archipelago official…

2 min.
a life of service

Born to a peasant family in a small village called Taktser in northeastern Tibet, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, was recognised at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the 13th Dalai Lama. Far from smooth sailing, Tenzin’s life journey mirrors the connotation of his family name Gyatso, derived from the Tibetan word for “ocean” – turbulent yet embracing. With 80,000 Tibetan refugees in tow, Tenzin escaped to India, attaining political asylum in March 1959, following brutal suppression by the Chinese government. The most pressing task was to save these Tibetan exiles and their local culture. So Tenzin founded 53 large-scale agricultural settlements for Tibetan refugees to live on and oversaw the creation of an autonomous Tibetan school system to raise and educate refugee children with the…

1 min.
proximity breeds numbers

Victims are trafficked from rural areas to urban centres including Manila, Cebu, the city of Angeles, and increasingly cities in Mindanao, as well as within other urban areas and tourist destinations such as Boracay, Olongapo, Puerta Galera, and Surigao. Organised crime syndicates transports sex trafficking victims from China through the Philippines en route to third-country destinations. Child sex tourism remains a serious problem in the Philippines, with sex tourists coming from northeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and North America to engage in the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Increasingly, Filipino children are coerced to perform sex acts for Internet broadcast to paying foreign viewers. Source: US Department of State, 2012…