Beware of dog food: The great dog meat debate howls on

Today marks the end of my two-year hiatus from Investvine, a business news portal covering predominantly Southeast Asia affairs. And to establish my return, I decided to cover the Yulin dog meat festival, which is now trending on social media under hashtags created by animal activists (#stopyulin, #stopyulin2015) to stop the inhumane butchering of "man's best …

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Noticeable omissions in ASEAN human rights

An excerpt from my wrap-up post from the 21st ASEAN Summit on investvine. Arriving back in Bangkok after covering the 21stASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh for four days, I am left pondering some of the more overlooked outcomes of the international event in which media has by and large used to …

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Look Back at 2011: Real Estate Bubbles in China

'Tis that time of the year once again: Those 168 hours of tradition-induced reflection and introspection that occur every year between Christmas and New Year's Eve. Yet, while I have been up to my own fair share of resolution ruminating, it is the end-of-the-year roundup of past events that news podcasts and websites get caught …

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Who are the waitresses at Pyongyang restaurants in Shanghai?

Recently I've been fixated with totalitarian regimes, and it's beginning to show in my work. Today I published a piece titled "The odd reality behind Shanghai's Pyongyang restaurants" for CNNGo in which I discovered that waitresses of the three North Korean-government run Pyongyang restaurants in Shanghai have no clue of each others' existence. Like the …

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How to interpret both sides of the looming US-China trade war

          Is China weighing down its currency?/ Source - gulfnews.com Beijing and Washington, ever the odd couple, just can't seem to bring their mismatched, yet inextricably linked, relationship to a calm accord. Without proper mediation, the story of this duo could get kooky real soon. --- The US has long debated that China's currency, the …

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