Most popular in 2017
5. The origins of China’s Singles’ Day
China’s Singles’ Day festival, also known as Double 11 Day, generated a record 168.2 billion yuan (NZ$36.5 billion) in sales this year. But what is this occasion and how did it come about? Read how an event for the footloose and fancy-free evolved into the world's biggest shopping carnival.
4. Seven things that have changed in Asia since 2008
The Labour Party and New Zealand First are back in government for the first time since 2008. Take a look at what has changed in the region in the past decade.
3. Maps: Projected Asian population in NZ in 2038
Check out these interactive maps displaying Statistics NZ’s population projections of the broad Asian ethnic group in New Zealand between 2013 and 2038.
2. What it’s like to work with the dead in Southeast Asia
New Zealand archaeologist Siân Halcrow sheds light on the challenges and ethics of researching human remains in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia.
1. Chinese business principles: Guanxi, mianzi, renqing
Gao Hongzhi, a researcher of Chinese-Western business relationships, explains the three principles that underscore how business is done in China.
Other 2017 good reads
5. ‘Reporting on Philippines needs to go beyond what’s low-hanging fruit’
Behind the smoke of the Duterte presidency lies a country whose investment confidence and growth remains strong – a fact that doesn't get a lot of media coverage, says political commentator Aries Arugay.
4. What’s needed for an India-New Zealand FTA to materialise
The FTA negotiation process with India has been slow and frustrating, but complementarities in the areas of services, investment and technology can help overcome some political sensitivities associated with tariff elimination, writes Rahul Sen.
3. Sam Rainsy: ‘Totalitarian drift in Cambodia worrying’
Former Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy talks about the state of Cambodian democracy and how overseas Cambodians are helping in the fight to democratise their homeland.
2. Bonnie Glaser: ‘Chinese influence a global problem’
Countries worldwide should take a leaf from Australia’s deep-dive investigation into PRC-directed influence operations and review their transparency rules, says China expert Bonnie Glaser.
1. How to understand North Korea
What you know about the DPRK is probably false – but the road towards a nuanced understanding of North Korea is a complex one, says political expert Shine Choi.
– Asia Media Centre