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Crazy Rich Asians: A look inside Hollywood's first all-Asian cast film in almost 25 years

Crazy Rich Asians: A look inside Hollywood's first all-Asian cast film in almost 25 years

It was the year Bill Clinton became President of the United States. The likes of Google and Facebook did not exist. And Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club hit cinemas globally.    

Fast forward to the present, and it’s been nearly 25 years since Hollywood has released an all-Asian leading cast film.

For the brains behind the international best-seller author Kevin Kwan, the pressure of bringing his creation to the silver screen was extremely purposeful.  

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:52
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Author Kevin Kwan's wild ride before 'Crazy Rich Asians'

Author Kevin Kwan's wild ride before 'Crazy Rich Asians'

When Kevin Kwan wrote his first novel Crazy Rich Asians, he wasn’t setting out to write an ‘Asian’ book -- he was merely telling his own story.  

At first glance, his story could read like any other -- here is a man who had a relatively normal childhood: riding around his neighbourhood on his bike, climbing trees, and attending tutoring classes after school.  

It wasn’t until the Singapore native moved to America that the penny dropped on his unique upbringing.  

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 13:19
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Journalist Samantha Lui on finding her identity

Journalist Samantha Lui on finding her identity

Like many Asians working in the Western media, journalist Samantha Lui is passionate about getting diverse stories into the mainstream consciousness – and her own story is one that many Asians who were born in the West can identify with.  

“Other people would always ask if I’m Chinese, and where I was from, and I would always say I’m from Canada, but my parents were born in Hong Kong – so I did struggle with that.”  

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 13:29
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How Showpo's founder Jane Lu turned it all around

From crippling debt to social media powerhouse: How Showpo's founder turned it all around

As the daughter of Chinese immigrants, Jane Lu ticked all of the right boxes growing up: she was incredibly academic and moved into an accounting career at one of the top law firms in the country, and financial security seemed to be a sure bet. 

Except there was one problem: Jane hated her job. So she left it all behind to pursue her entrepreneurial passion, but there have certainly been a few bumps along the way.  The first few months of her fashion company Showpo were even shrouded in secrecy.  

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 13:54
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Vivien Ong: A model life

Vivien Ong: A model life

In the world of modelling, Vivien Ong has reached the highest summit. 

The Singaporean beauty has ‘Elle Italy cover girl' on her resume.  

'It was my biggest job so far. It was a three-day shoot, 16 hours a day, everyday.' 

For the Singaporean native, the job demanded someone with high energy, and she delivered in spades. 

'I went on set and had so many espressos. When the magazine came out, I said to my friend, ‘Can you grab me the February issue I think I'm in it.’ She bought it and said, 'You're in it, you're on the cover!'' 

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 13:29
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How this Southern chef is turning “hearty” cuisine on its head

How this Southern chef is turning “hearty” cuisine on its head

When you think of hearty, Southern American cuisine, you’re probably not thinking “light and healthy” – but that’s exactly what Suki Otsuki has been able to achieve as executive chef at Mudhen Meat and Greens.  

“Food can really do so much for your health, but if you’re not eating the way you should, it can so negatively affect you.”  

Born and raised in Texas, Otsuki’s path to the culinary world started off quite by accident.  

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:27
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Why Linda Hao is breaking all the rules

Why Linda Hao is breaking all the rules

Yesah founder and DJ Linda Hao was never going to stop at just one creative pursuit.  

Born in Suzhou, China, Hao’s parents were part of the booming bridal business of their generation. She attended Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore, where she studied apparel design and merchandising.  

“I was lucky enough to be growing up in a very creative, design-oriented environment. Designing with fabrics and creating art with my hands was always something that was natural to me since I was very young.”  

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:03
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The ink master with a two-year waitlist

The ink master with a two-year waitlist

If you’re looking to get a tattoo of ink master Joey Pang, you’ll have to wait two years! 

Pang’s signature ‘Chinese calligraphy’ style is a work of art in every sense of the word.  

“Every tattoo for me is an artwork,” says Pang, who often spends months working with a client before putting any ink onto skin.  

And just like the tattoos she designs, art has always been a permanent fixture throughout Pang’s life.          

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:51
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A luxury empire is in the bag for Erbert Chong

A luxury empire is in the bag for Erbert Chong

For Erbert Chong, fashion is much more than glamorous red carpet events and trend-driven fads. 

The 33-year-old designer is a renaissance man who treats the industry like a well-preserved craft. 

 ‘All art schools are very competitive. I went to Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. When I was in Parsons and F.I.T it was very much about business and retail and how to maximise your collection with the best profit margin.’ 

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:21
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