ASIAN Geographic

ASIAN Geographic Issue 3 - 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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1 min.
before the world was made

If I make the lashes dark And the eyes more bright And the lips more scarlet, Or ask if all be right From mirror after mirror, No vanity’s displayed: I’m looking for the face I had Before the world was made. What if I look upon a man As though on my beloved, And my blood be cold the while And my heart unmoved? Why should he think me cruel Or that he is betrayed? I’d have him love the thing that was Before the world was made. WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS (1865–1939) was an Irish poet, playwright and cultural leader. Born in Dublin, he was educated in London before returning to Dublin at the age of fifteen. Yeats was involved with the Celtic Revival, a movement which sought to promote Ireland’s native…

2 min.
fabulously female!

Female travellers need not worry in this day and age, for modern technologies and creative inventions exist for added security. In big metropolises like Bangkok, Hotel Clover Asoke’s brand new all-ladies floor serves to do just that. The latest in Hotel Clover’s already growing suite of hotels in Singapore, this Bangkok property is located on Sukhumvit 16, just a 400-metre short walk from Asoke BTS Skytrain and Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, one of Bangkok’s hippest and largest shopping malls with hundreds of stores offering fashion glitz and scrumptious food. With a tagline like “Simplicity in Luxury”, Hotel Clover Asoke’s outdoor pool, free wi-fi coverage all round and rooftop barwith a restaurant and amazing views of the city centre by night will ensure this is one perfect girly getaway. Besides, the rooms are vibrantly…

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editor’s note

“One should never strike a woman, not even with a flower.”– Hindu, Janet, i.8 Striking a woman, resulting in women striking back and forming an alliance known as the Gulabi Gang in India, is the cover story of our issue this month. Even as we celebrate Mother’s Day on 8 May and honour the women in our lives, we highlight the plight of those who are not as fortunate as ourselves. In the next few pages, you’ll see some of the most heartbreaking photos of Iraqi civilians through the 2003 invasion (in our homage to Alexandra Boulat, one of the world’s most courageous female photojournalists). We remember the comfort women who were forced into sexual slavery under Japan’s Imperial Army (p.94) and take a look at life as a working woman in…

2 min.
iraq through the fall

Boulat's photos were instantly recognisable for their witness to human folly and courage On 20 March 2003, US army tanks rolled into Baghdad to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein. The siege that lasted over a month left close to 10,000 civilians dead and would herald turmoil for Iraq over the next eight years. One woman stood outside a mosque, asking “Can I go in?”. She did not know what lay behind those doors, but as she was ushered into a stark room, she saw two women bathing the body of a 12-year-old girl in preparation for her burial. Behind this photo, and others capturing the Iraq invasion between February and April 2003, is the late French photojournalist Alexandra Boulat (1962–2007), who after studying graphic art in Paris, packed a camera bag…

2 min.
becoming snow white

CHINA Fairness has always been synonymous with beauty in China. Today, apart from the proliferation of whitening products, stranger trends such as face-kinis (balaclava-like sun shields) have even emerged. But the pursuit and preservation of white skin can be traced back to ancient times, where paintings and poetry depicted images of the ideal woman having skin the colour of snow. Although such an enduring perception seems to be perpetually unfair towards tanned Chinese women, ways to obtain a lighter complexion have been around since the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). The highly influential Ben Cao Gang Mu (also known as the Compendium of Materia Medica) was a traditional Chinese medical book that recommended eating peas for paler and more lustrous skin. Other medical reference books also had recipes for herbal concoctions like the Three Whites…

2 min.
beneath the bundles of silk

Lady Dai’s skin was still soft and elastic, her eyelashes and nostril hair intact when her tomb was accidentally unearthed When we think of mummies, the first place that comes to mind is probably Egypt. But the most well-preserved mummy in the world was actually discovered almost 8,000km away in the Chinese city of Changsha in Hunan province: a 2,200-year-old body belonging to a woman known as Xin Zhui, or Lady Dai. She was the wife of Li Cang, a feudal lord from the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD). Lady Dai’s skin was still soft and elastic when workers accidentally unearthed her tomb while digging an air raid shelter in 1971. Delicate details like eyelashes and nostril hair remained intact, while muscles present allowed her limbs to be flexed. The state of…