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Modern Singapore celebrates its 55th birthday

On August 9th, 2020 one of the world’ richest nations, the Asian city state of Singapore with a population of 6.2 million,...

How in Taiwan “barbarians” became “indigenous people”

Taiwan’s non-Chinese inhabitants had to wait for a long time to finally be able to use the name they prefer for themselves.

In memoriam Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015) was the father of modern Singapore. This is a translated and updated version of an obituary authored by me, published in the German weekly Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung on the 4th of April 2015.

When modernity and tradition clash in Asia: Singapore’s colonial sodomy laws upheld again

Some countries in Asia take a very different approach to what many in the West take for granted nowadays.

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A tribute to martial arts legend Bruce Lee

American actor, action director, martial arts instructor, philosopher and book author Lee Jun-fan, commonly known as Bruce Lee, or under his Chinese...

Leftist football legend Maradona dies aged 60

Diego Armando Maradona, one of the greatest football players of all times, died on November 25, 2020 from a heart attack in...

Huang Hua, China’s most important diplomat

Chinese diplomat Wang Rumei, who under his assumed name Huang Hua (“Yellow China”) served as Ambassador and Foreign Minister, died on November...

An epic struggle between good and evil in Spain?

The man that decisively shaped twentieth-century Spain for almost four decades, Generalissimo Francisco Franco, died peacefully on November 20th, 1975 in a...

Spain’s astonishing rise from the ashes after the civil war

After the end of the three-year-long Spanish Civil War on April 1st, 1939, reconstruction under Generalissimo Francisco Franco began quickly and virtually...
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