From feature stories to personal reflections, these are the best reads of 2018.
In 1902, the SS Ventnor, a ship carrying the remains of hundreds of Chinese gold miners, sank off the coast of Hokianga. In the years after, local communities gathered bones washed onto shore for safekeeping. James To reflects on the ways the historic event has connected Māori and Chinese.
Natasha Hamilton-Hart writes: Despite seemingly every dirty trick in the book used, something extraordinary unfolded on the night of the Malaysian general election.
Auckland lawyer Dewy Sacayan writes: Watching Crazy Rich Asians gave me the opportunity to look into my own culture through the big screen.
In the early days of Chinese immigration to New Zealand, confusion over the Chinese name system resulted in subsequent generations of Chinese-New Zealanders having the “wrong” family names. Lynda Chanwai-Earle shares the story of her Chinese surname.
Like many migrants, Mutsumi Kanazawa experienced a profound sense of disconnect when she moved to New Zealand. Her feelings of isolation sparked her interest in researching the little-known stories of Japanese war brides who moved to Aotearoa in the 1950s and 1960s – a project she hopes will move descendants into learning more about their families’ pasts.
While millions of people around the world are questioning whether they’ve given too much of their lives to Facebook, China’s WeChat is further down the track of being an all-in-one app.
K-pop enthusiast Fine Lavoni Koloamatangi talks about New Zealand’s K-pop fan culture, the music’s appeal, and highlights some big K-pop acts with New Zealand connections.
Bilingual play Roots [根] offers diverse communities an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of Mandarin together in a safe space, says Chinese-Pākeha director, actor and writer Chye-Ling Huang.
Alexander Bennett is one of the world’s foremost experts on Japanese martial arts. In an interview with the Asia Media Centre, he shares about his passion for kendo, his unique Kiwi-Japanese journey, and what continues to drive him.
The Chinese cultural values of guānxi (关系), miànzi (面子) and rénqíng (人情) are essential when doing business in China, but may be challenging concepts to grasp for those in the English-speaking world. Gao Hongzhi, a researcher of the role of guānxi in Chinese-Western business relationships, explains the three principles.
Other excellent reads
Louisa Cleave, producer for TVNZ 1’s Sunday programme, sheds lights on the experience reporting from North Korea in April 2018.
Stuff journalist Katie Kenny writes: Independent media is under siege across Asia and the world. But some small startups are fighting back.
The increasing need for New Zealanders to understand Asia-related issues presents an opportunity for mainstream and ethnic-minority media to collaborate on Asia coverage, writes Indian Weekender editor Sandeep Singh.
Southeast Asia is experiencing an unprecedented hydropower boom – causing destruction to the ecosystem of the Mekong River, writes Andreas Neef.
For two decades now, Indonesia has been held up as the shining example that Islam is compatible with democracy. But recent developments may impact on the nation’s commitment to unity in diversity, writes Sharyn Davies.
The boundaries between Oceania and Asia have never been so blurred in the sporting world – opening up new opportunities for New Zealand, writes Koji Kobayashi.
China’s decision to stop importing half the world’s solid waste is having an impact on the elderly poor in South Korea, writes Patrick Flamm.
If we don’t have robust conversations about China in New Zealand, we risk sleep-walking into a relationship with a nation we don’t fully understand or ruining one of our most important international relationships, writes Pip McLachlan.
– Asia Media Centre