Features, Music Journalism

Chinese hip hop and the question of authenticity

China has banned hip hop from mainstream media on the grounds of it being “Western”, “Black” and “decadent”. Is this a valid accusation? What does it say about Chinese society? New state policies have specified a ban on hip-hop culture – including tattoos – from appearing on television. China’s top media regulator – the State […]

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Features, Other Writing

Five reasons to live in Singapore

Published in the Financial Times. The world’s second-safest city boasts Michelin-starred street food and good schools   This international trade and technology hub is not much more than a glitzy stopover to some travellers, but expats who call the sunny island home enjoy a high standard of living, with safe streets, efficient transport and delectable cuisine. […]

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Advertorials, Features

Little Red Book: Home-grown passions taken beyond borders

THE world knows Singapore as a vibrant destination and bustling business hub. But let’s not forget what makes this nation tick: our people. These are the stories of the Little Red Book, featuring aspiring Singaporean individuals who have taken their dreams and brought it to an international stage. “We designed the Alala brand to go from […]

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Features, Other Writing

Five reasons to live in Osaka, Japan

Published in the Financial Times. This bustling business hub also has a slower side with historic temples and hearty food Historically the primary seaport and mercantile capital of Japan, Osaka stagnated during the Meiji Restoration, which heralded the meteoric rise of Tokyo and the return of imperial rule. Osaka has been through a resurgence, however, […]

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Advertorials, Features, Other Writing

Global stage, local heart

PUBLISHED OCT 20, 2017, 4:00 AM SGT Eight finalists are in the running for the Singapore Youth Award, Singapore’s highest honour for young people who exemplify the values of resilience, courage, leadership, and willingness to serve. By Lydia Shu Self-professed “international conductor with a local heart”, Mr Wong Kah Chun began his musical journey playing […]

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