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ASIAN Geographic

ASIAN Geographic Issue 5 - 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.

Country:
Singapore
Language:
English
Publisher:
Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd
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1 min.
the call of the wild

Have you gazed on naked grandeur where there’s nothing else to gaze on, Set pieces and drop-curtain scenes galore, Big mountains heaved to heaven, which the blinding sunsets blazon, Black canyons where the rapids rip and roar? Have you swept the visioned valley with the green stream streaking through it, Searched the Vastness for a something you have lost? Have you strung your soul to silence? Then for God’s sake go and do it; Hear the challenge, learn the lesson, pay the cost. Have you wandered in the wilderness, the sagebrush desolation, The bunch-grass levels where the cattle graze? Have you whistled bits of rag-time at the end of all creation, And learned to know the desert’s little ways? Have you camped upon the foothills, have you galloped o’er the ranges,…

1 min.
editor’s note

Extreme has certainly been a way of life living the pages of ASIAN Geographic. Close to seven years on, I take my leave from this challenging title to scale greater heights and dive deeper into what else life has to offer. It is rather apt to end this journey with ASIAN Geographic’s Extreme Edition, itself a reflection of how my team has always treated each story within these pages, perpetually pursuing the truth, when history constantly seems to favour the victors. ASIAN Geographic has searched the silent chasms, to cajole some of the greatest stories to light; displaying the weight of Asia’s contribution to everything the world has known and taken for granted. Just because we personify subtlety, gentleness and grace, does not mean we lack fierceness and fortitude. There…

2 min.
mail

Dear Editor, I am in love with ASIAN Geographic’s PASSPORT section and look forward to the two fascinating stories every issue. It is truly a step up from so many travel magazines. It’s heartfelt and truly an experiential read every time. Every story gives me an insight into a destination I think I know and then “bam!”, I am hit by the chance to see it with new eyes – through the eyes of a local. It gives me so much that I would never have received as the everyday tourist. This is truly the brainchild of a visionary, the future of travel publishing. Thank you. RUSSELL SULLIVAN, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA Dear Editor, I love that ASIAN Geographic has a humanitarian issue every year. I buy that issue and wait for it until next year.…

2 min.
consummate coolness

The will to survive has never been more apparent among the indigenous peoples of the Arctic, those who have conquered the devastating beauty of this intense landscape and thrived for thousands of years. Masters of their terrain, they are the only true explorers and adventurers who have earned their right to flourish in this unique environment. Come winter, the wretched magnificence is amplified and through the lens of dedicated – and somewhat crazy – photographers, and we are privileged to experience a world we would otherwise never encounter. Archaeologists and anthropologists have come to believe that people have lived in the Arctic for as long as 20,000 years. The Inuit in Canada and Greenland, and the Yupik, Inupiat and Athabascan in Alaska, are just a few of the groups that are native…

2 min.
china jump

ASIA CHINA It probably comes as no surprise that the Chinese have finally also claimed the title of being the inventors of alcohol. This is arguably one of the greatest contributions Asia has given to the world – a gift that continues to be the centre of every celebration worth remembering. But it is indeed ironic how this invention stems from deeply religious roots, much like many herb-based trans-hallucinogenic stimulants. Analysis of 9,000-year-old pottery shards from China’s Henan province revealed the presence of alcohol, some 1,000 years before inhabitants of the Arabian Peninsula, who were previously believed to be the first brewers. At the ruins of a Dawenkou culture site in Shandong province, archaeologists discovered a large number of ceramic wine vessels dating back as much as 5,000 years. As well, recorded…

3 min.
who are we again?

While scientists have known for some time that Neanderthals interbred with the ancestors of living Europeans and Asians about 50,000 years ago, new research is trying to explain why Asians – from China, Japan and other East Asian countries – seem to have a 20 percent greater Neanderthal makeup in our genomes compared to Europeans. It turns out that Neanderthals had a number of distinct genetic mutations that living human beings lack. Based on these differences, scientists estimate that the Neanderthals’ ancestors diverged from ours about 600,000 years ago. Our own ancestors remained in Africa until about 60,000 years ago, then expanded across the rest of the Old World. Along the way, they encountered Neanderthals, and our DNA reveals that those encounters led to children. However, scientists have now discovered that Neanderthals…