Southeast Asia Needs to Embrace Change, Says SMF Head Rob Gilby

Managing change is on the agenda throughout Tuesday’s Asian TV Forum leaders conference. Change is also a recurring theme that runs throughout a conversation with Rob Gilby, chairman of the advisory board at the Singapore Media Festival umbrella organization. The pre-ATF conference includes sessions on: video ecosystems – which former Disney executive Gilby says have […]

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Toys ‘R’ Us Gears Up for Holiday Sales—in Asia

Toys ‘R’ Us staff are filling shelves this holiday season at hundreds of stores across Asia, where the brand has been given new life after being sold off by the bankrupt American toy retailer.
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Facebook, Google May Face Billions in New Taxes Across Asia, Latin America

Inspired by the EU, more governments across the world are contemplating a tax based on the revenue of foreign technology companies like Facebook and Google rather than their profit.
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Rose McGowan to Asia Argento: ‘Be the Person You Wish Harvey Could Have Been’

Rose McGowan further distanced herself from Asia Argento in the wake of sexual assault allegations waged against the actress-director. McGowan released a statement on Monday, detailing how she discovered that Argento had reportedly paid off actor Jimmy Bennett, who claims Argento sexually assaulted him when he was 17. McGowan says the person she’s dating, Rain Dove, told her that Argento admitted […]

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Asia Argento Mourns the Death of BF Anthony Bourdain

The actress takes to social media to pay tribute to her longtime boyfriend after his apparent suicide. Watch!
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Sentaler Expands to Asia With Lane Crawford

Sentaler, the Toronto-based outerwear firm, is riding the momentum of the Meghan Markle effect.
The company has landed its first Asian account, Lane Crawford, and will be selling two doors in Hong Kong (IFC Mall and Canton Road) and two doors in Mainland China (Yin Tai and Shanghai) this fall.
“Expanding into the Asian market has been at the forefront of Sentaler’s international growth efforts,” said Bojana Sentaler, designer and creative director, adding she was very excited to break into this new market with Lane Crawford.
In 2017, Sentaler scored its first U.S. major accounts, adding Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and bergdorfgoodman.com to its roster. The company sells major stores throughout Canada such as Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew and Saks and has a robust e-commerce business at sentaler.com, where it ships free worldwide with no customs or duties and free first-time returns.
In December, Markle wore a long camel Sentaler wide-collar wrap coat with signature ribbed cuffs while attending Christmas Day service in Sandringham alongside the royal family, as reported. It marked the first public outing with the family for the actress, who has worn Sentaler outerwear and accessories for years.

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Manolo Blahnik Furthers Asia Expansion With Singapore Store Opening

LONDON — Manolo Blahnik continues to strengthen its position in Asia with a retail location set to open in Singapore next month.
The store will be located at the Marina Bay Sands shopping mall, which has the largest portfolio of designer boutiques in Asia.
The triple tower complex, one of the biggest attractions in Singapore, also brings together a luxury hotel, casino, museum, restaurants and theaters topped with an infinity pool and a sky park.
“Marina Bay Sands is one of the most recognized places in Singapore. It has been at the forefront of uniquely combining innovative architecture, luxury shopping and leisure, so I am very excited that now Manolo Blahnik will be part of this special concept,” said Kristina Blahnik, the label’s chief executive officer.
The space was created by the architect Nick Leith-Smith, a longtime collaborator of the brand, who approaches each retail project by melding Blahnik’s vision with elements of local architecture, materials and cultural context. The aim is to create unique retail spaces that tell the stories of their locales.
The Marina Bay Sands location, opening its doors to the public on May 16 and spanning 474 square feet, blends traditional and modernist influences to reflect the mix of architectural styles

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Uber Near Deal to Exit Southeast Asia for Stake in Rival Grab

Uber is in advanced talks to turn over most of its Southeast Asia operations to local rival Grab, ending a costly fight for market share in the fast-growing region.
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A Browser You’ve Never Heard of Is Dethroning Google in Asia

A mobile browser rarely used in the West, UC Browser, has outflanked Google’s Chrome in some of Asia’s fastest-growing markets, giving owner Alibaba Group an advantage in the race for the next generation of internet users.
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Gildo Zegna on the Growth of Asia, Being CEO

NEW DELHI — This has been another milestone year for Gildo Zegna, since he is marking two decades as Ermenegildo Zegna’s chief executive officer.
In addition, 2017 represents 10 years since the Italian men’s wear brand entered the Indian market, which Zegna described on a visit here as of “key strategic importance” while surveying the country’s changing retail landscape and speaking to students at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, about the challenges of a family-owned business.
The ceo has begun to institute a new brand strategy over the last year; changed design direction under creative director Alessandro Sartori, who joined in June 2016; is excited about innovations like tech-merino and pelle tesuto, and has a continued focus on bringing in Millennials to the brand.
This year, close to 50 percent of the Zegna group’s turnover will come from the Asian market.
In an exclusive interview with WWD, Zegna talked about the allure of Asian markets while adding both prophecy and insight to his 20 years at the helm.
WWD: This year you mark 20 years as a chief executive officer of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group. Do you feel invigorated by the milestone? Or burnt out?
Gildo Zegna: I have lasted long. Usually a chief executive officer lasts

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Yohji Yamamoto Receives Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award

HONG KONG — “Let me say, I think I’m a good dressmaker, but I’m not a very good talker,” said Yohji Yamomoto.
The Japanese designer was in Hong Kong at the Design for Asia gala dinner Friday night to accept a lifetime achievement award. Dressed in all black, he tipped his signature hat onstage as he collected the accolade, given to a figure who has demonstrated “visionary shaping designs across a variety of fields, and who uses design to educate and promote wider use of design in society.”
Although the 74-year-old designer has been a celebrated figure for many years — best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring — he shared that the night held extra special meaning for him.
“In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this. Please let me become your family,” he said.
In 2011, Yamamoto received the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest honor in arts and culture in France, where he has shown his collections since 1981.
The night also honored hotelier Adrian Zecha, the founder of the Aman resorts and a new affordable luxury hotel

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Harvey Weinstein Accusers Rose McGowan, Asia Argento & Annabella Sciorra Meet Up: ‘You Are My Sister and I Love You’

On Saturday, Asia Argento shared a photo from her meet up with fellow Harvey Weinstein accusers Rose McGowan and actress Annabella Sciorra.

“You are my sister and I love you,” Argento wrote alongside a photo of her and McGowan together. “May all your dreams come true. I want this for you. They’re gonna come true @AnnabellSciorra and @Rosemcgowan,” she added.

McGowan shared the same photo on her Instagram account, writing: “Magical moments with @asiaargento & @iamannabellasciorra #WomenRise #Survivors #ROSEARMY.” She also tagged Ronan Farrow in the photo, who has written numerous exposés on Weinstein for The New Yorker.

Anthony Bourdain — who is currently dating Argento — was also present for the meeting and wrote on Twitter that “it was an honor to cook for this meeting of the minds.”

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In October, Argento accused Weinstein of forcibly performing oral sex on her during the late ‘90s.

In a story for The New Yorker written by Farrow, Argento claimed that after reluctantly agreeing to give the producer a massage in his hotel room, he allegedly pulled her skirt up, and forced her legs apart before performing oral sex on her while she repeatedly asked him to stop. Argento said she was “terrified” of Weinstein, adding, “It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare.”

In a separate New Yorker exposé — which was also written by Farrow — Sciorra accused Weinstein of allegedly raping her and then claims he tried to perform oral sex on her. McGowan has also accused the movie mogul of rape.

Weinstein is under investigation by police in New York, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and the U.K. for sexual assault accusations made against him. He has denied all claims of non-consensual sex.


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It’s Melania 2.0, as Mrs. Trump Iterates in Asia

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Melania Trump Plans Return to the White House After Nonstop, Stylish State Visit Throughout Asia

BEHIND THE SEAMS: On the road since Sunday, First Lady Melania Trump will be heading back to the Beltway after numerous official stops in Asia that has highlighted her international style and original brand of diplomacy.
Following what is expected to be a morning arrival at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, the First Lady plans to participate in a Month of Military celebration. Afterwards, she is expected to return to Washington, D.C., while the President continues his trip to Vietnam and the Philippines in keeping with their plans. Nearly 10 months into the Trump administration, the First Lady has proved to be a goodwill ambassador of sorts especially overseas.
Knowing the inevitable who-is-she-wearing question would punctuate every photo-op, the First Lady gave a lot of thought to each of the 18 pieces she wore with the help of designer and stylist Hervé Pierre. Although he designed the leather pencil skirt she paired with a boldly striped and belted Fendi coat when Air Force One touched down in Tokyo, Pierre pulled together an assortment of designer labels. The former creative director at Carolina Herrera has become a confidante of Trump’s.
Starting the journey off with a blue Pucci coat for the First Couple’s

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Alarm as ‘super malaria’ spreads in South East Asia

The usual treatments are failing 60% of the time in some regions of Cambodia, scientists say.
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Fendi and Coach Get Real, Grittier With Millennials in Asia

HONG KONG — Millennials are growing tired of the luxury of yore and just want to “be real” — that was the message Fendi and Coach sent out this week in Hong Kong as the two fashion houses hosted parties targeted at a younger generation.
On Thursday, Fendi took out the basement of Cosco Tower in Sheung Wan, lighting the space up in a rainbow of neon lights. There was no Champagne here, just strong vodka mixers as a “no-holds-barred” attitude permeated the party. It was the second stop after New York for the “F Is for Fendi” initiative — the dedicated online platform for Millennials the Italian house launched in February — and the event saw a cast of pan-Asian cool kids come out to party: Korean pop star Taeyang, rapper Okasian, music producer Choice 37, Shanghai-based DJ Victor Aime and Japanese designer Alisa Ueno.
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The idea of authenticity came up several times in conversation during the night.
“What we try to tell our artists is don’t worry about what other people think or what you think is popular,” Choice 37 said. “Try to find who you are and your identity first.”
Ueno was candid about a slight outfit snafu

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FilMart: HBO Asia Hires Jessica Kam for Production Role (EXCLUSIVE)

HBO Asia has appointed experienced film and TV producer Jessica Kam as head of programming and production. Kam has film credits including Chinese art house title “Piano in a Factory,” as well as Jeff Lau’s “Kung Fu Cyborg” and “Just Another Pandora’s Box.” She takes over from Erika North, who has left the pay-TV group… Read more »

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A Year After Raids, Asia Week New York Returns to the Spotlight

New York’s salute to the vibrant arts of Asia is a 10-day festival full of ancient treasures and contemporary masterworks that is in its eighth year.
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Popular Culture in Asia

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This book provides perspectives on relationships between Asian popular culture and a number of major socio-political issues and movements, including war responsibility, democratization, globalization, urbanization, modernization, and gender reconstruction. It consists of studies of film, music, television, anime, architecture, and computer-mediated communication in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. Themes include the relationships between popular culture and nationalism, Western social forces and cultural forms, regionalism, political change, modernity, traditionalism, and gender identity. The three sections of the book-memory, city, celebrity-are interlinked in their shared concern with the socio-political functions of popular culture.

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In Search of South East Asia

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In Search of South East Asia: Paperback: University of Hawai’i Press: 9780824811105: 31 Jan 1988: Six contemporary historians trace the development of distinctive cultural, political, and social institutions in Southeast Asia

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Marco Polo: Epic Traveler Throughout Asia

Marco Polo: Epic Traveler Throughout Asia


Upon returning to his native Venice from a nearly 25-year journey through Asia, Marco Polo fueled the Western imagination with his tales about the splendors of the East. This lively biography follows Marco’s intrepid family as they navigate the spice stalls, caravansaries, and dangers that once populated the Silk Road and enter Kublai Khan’s Mongol court in China, where they served as advisors. Readers will learn about the Polos’ importance as cultural emissaries at a time of limited global exchange and how Marco’s account of their travels-whether fact or fiction-heralded the later golden age of exploration.

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Asia Society Gears Up to Showcase Philippine Golden Treasures

THE GOLDEN TICKET: To add another dimension to its upcoming exhibition “Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms,” Asia Society will spotlight an assortment of Filipino designers in its Upper East Side lobby in Manhattan. Jewelry designer and gallery owner Federico De Vera dreamed up the latter, which will be billed as “Filipino Design Now” and launches on Sept. 11.
While Asia Society Museum visitors will find 100 Philippine gold objects, artifacts and jewelry from the 10th to 13th centuries, the more contemporary outpost will feature pieces from 14 designers including jewelry from Josie Natori, Wynn Wynn Ong and Bea Valdes; fashion from Lenora Cabili and Ditta Sandico, and evening bags from Tina Ocampo and Rafe Totengco. Each designer was invited to create products that reflect their interpretation of Philippine culture. Meant to increase appreciation for Filipino design, materials and craftsmanship, Filipino Design Now will be on view in the lobby with some items available for sale at AsiaStore and online.
The main exhibition will be organized in four sections — Archeology, Trade, The Kingdom of Butuan and Surrounding Kingdoms. Most of the works will be on loan from the Ayala Museum and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Gold Collection and have never

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Amazing South East Asia: Philippines

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Ever wanted to tour the exotic Philippines? The nature, islands, sea, beaches and other places of interest that you have to experience yourself? Philippines is one of the friendliest and affordable country you can ever travel to. Despite the cheap accommodation, you’ll still be able to get first class hotels, food and transportation around the country. If you decide to tour Philippines, you can get this ebook alone. Inside contains tons of information that you’ll need, from cheap hotels, cultures, places of interest, island hopping, and lots more. Basically, you’ll be able to get all information inside this ebook. Give yourself a break. Book your air ticket to Philippines right now!

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Expansion Opportunities for H&m in Asia – Market Analysis

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New – Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is a Europe’s second-largest clothing retailer. Founded 1946 by Erling Persson in Sweden, H&M initially sold women clothing through “Hennes” stores in Sweden. “Hennes” is Swedish and means “for her.” In 1968 the company acquired the hunting apparel retailer Mauritz Widforss, which also offered collections for men, and changed its name into Hennes & Mauritz.Today H&M offers clothes, own-brand cosmetics, accessories and footwear in over 1,800 stores in 34 countries aro

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