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ASIAN Geographic 2/2020

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.

Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd
8 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s note

“Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing, those which average eyes would see as fixed and still.”— Rumi When I was a child, my grandparents used to tell me tales about tribes that would travel to their village in India, carrying with them their families, livelihoods, and homes, only to move again in a couple of weeks, leaving nothing but footsteps. I was fascinated, and always thought about these tribes having a life so large it could be established anywhere – across towns, countries, and even borders. This Wood issue encapsulates these lives led by the nomads of Asia, stories of powerful women, and a look at the unprecedented challenges facing China and the wider region due to the coronavirus pandemic. We have taken the element through its…

1 min
what’s online?

“Bura na mano Holi hai ” or, Do not mind, it s Holi! Text Shreya Acharya Holi is one of the major festivals of India and is celebrated on different dates every year. This Indian festival follows two legends, and is observed at the end of winter, in the month of March, after the full moon. The ritual starts by lighting up the bonfire one day before the day of Holi, symbolising the triumph of good over the bad. On the day of Holi people play with colours and drench each other in coloured water through water guns or balloons. https://bit.ly/3b88gXw International Polar Bear Day: Meet the Snow Giants Text Sitaraah Joshi Our Earth is home to several majestic species, each having their own role to play in the eco-system. Every stretch of land that…

3 min
tree of life: the wood element

“十年树木 › 百年树人 。”— It takes ten years to cultivate wood, and a hundred years to cultivate man.From the works of Guan Zhong, a politician in the Spring and Autumn Period, on education. It is wood. But other than its diverse physical nature, in Chinese philosophy, wood, sometimes translated as “tree”, represents the growth of matter. Wood is the first phase of wu xing, and in Taoism, its attributes are considered to be strength and flexibility. Trees and bamboo are our closest concept to the element of wood. Wood corresponds to spring, and is referred to as “young yang”. It covers and penetrates the earth, growing, rooted, and proliferating rapidly. Wood is flexible, yielding, strong and durable. Wood expands away from its centre, grasping the deep Earth essence and drawing it toward…

3 min
the making of the wood person

When it comes to personality types, the archetypal wood baby is “the pioneer” – a driving force and an independent being. Wood types can be competitive, courageous, active, and ones that always try new things. The wood person is all about benevolence, action, decisiveness, anger (not as in rage, but as a certain type of drive or forward momentum) and creativity. It holds for them the ability to manifest actions and plans, and provides them with the gift of possibility and flexibility with any situation. They have the ability to see everything in their periphery. It is the new life springing forth from the soil and growing towards the sun – only that it is inherently in their personalities! The wood person is expansive, outgoing and socially conscious. Emotions associated with wood…

2 min
rejecting the crown: the coronavirus pandemic

The label “Made in China” is perhaps preferred in association with the nation’s consumer goods. Its notorious export at present, however, is SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that struck in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. A novel coronavirus (CoV) refers to a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The new coronavirus, now named SARS-CoV-2, had not previously been detected before the outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Originating in a Wuhan wildlife market, the associated disease, called COVID-19, has become more widespread than the 2002–2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, which also originated in China. While SARS-CoV-2 is from the same family of viruses as the SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV), it is not the same virus. According to the WHO, coronaviruses are…

3 min
the wuhan lockdown: sacrifice of a province

On January 23, 2020, the first known instance in modern history of locking down a major city of 11 million people happened when the central government of the People's Republic of China imposed a lockdown in Hubei in an effort to prevent an epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO), stating that it was beyond its own guidelines, commended China’s move, calling it “unprecedented in public health history”. Wuhan is a “second-tier” Chinese city, which means it’s relatively developed but still a step below China’s major metropolises of Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. It has well-regarded hospitals, but resources lag behind those of more prominent cities. In the early days of the virus’ spread, prevarication and delay by local officials also allowed the pathogen to circulate more widely among an unsuspecting public. While doctors…