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The Kuching town hero who brought hope

“I’m a t-shirt salesman earning RM2,000 a month. If I can help 191 families in need, many of us can help many more.” #InspirAsian


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Vanishing Home Recipes: Regional edition

We source the secrets of homecooks who are preserving dying or forgotten ways of preparing old-time recipes.


Matron's house of tough love

Sick, suicidal and shunned, HIV+ women find refuge with a tough Malaysian grandma who refuses to let them "rot away". #InspirAsian

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The school that Bang Jack built

A humble parking attendant is ensuring no impoverished child in his village gets left behind. #InspirAsian


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House guest: An eye-opening social experiment

When Singaporeans with no or few friends of other races meet - and try to overcome prejudice, stereotypes and ignorance.

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Inside the Storm

Once bleeding billions, how Philips reinvented itself for the digital age

Seemingly past its heyday as an electronics giant, the company turned to healthcare to survive – and now thrive. Inside the ...

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How an outsider rescued crisis-hit Nissan from the brink of collapse

How Olympus was almost brought down by one of the worst corporate scandals

How corporate greed nearly destroyed Marvel's superhero empire

How clean really are public swimming pools? To find out what's in them, #WhyItMatters tests the waters.

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The Investigative Trail

Unlimited paid leave: Is Singapore ready for it?

Some companies here have empowered employees to take as much time off as they liked - but not all were happy with the ...

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Low-income and owning a car. Why?

Seven tips about the sugar traps unknown to most people

Is e-learning making your children dumb? Experts sound a warning

WeChat and China's cashless revolution

When they can pay hospital bills and street vendors via their mobile phone, no wonder young Chinese have stopped carrying cash.

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Food Heroes

Four generations of selling youtiao: The dough that binds this family

It started as a humble pushcart on Chin Swee Road. Now they've got stalls overseas. Xi De Li’s success for the Koh family is ...

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A home cook's vanishing art of home-brewed wine and hand-raised chicken

She gave up pastry chef dream in US, to keep family's putu piring legacy alive

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Inspiring Andre Chiang: A Michelin-star chef and an ice-cream uncle

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The future of Peranakan food? Malcolm Lee's daring vision

A boy, an 83-year-old loner, and the unlikely friendship that changed them

What a 10-week social experiment in inter-generational relationships reveals.

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The Mavericks

From 'untameable' teen, to Asia beatbox champ - with dad's belief in him

Piratheeban Kernabalan lacked focus in school and in life because of his ADHD. Until he found a musical art that called to him ...

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The not-so-secret life of Singapore’s crossplayers

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Of a different yarn: The crochet artist who defied critics

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Oddballs: She's an embalmer

From playing in arcades and a one-room flat, to top of the world


How Ninja Van's 'smart and ruthlessly aggressive' co-founder hooked a big investor

At 27 and with no logistics experience, Lai Chang Wen started a company that netted S$45m in investments. A mattress on the ...

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The urban farming pioneer who wants to feed the city’s soul

Singaporean turns coffee-grower, with zero experience but a grande ambition

Riding the 'airfish': Singapore company hopes to make it a travel game-changer

Finding Sayfullah's Voice

"You could see from his body language he wanted to tell you a lot of things." The story of a boy, his iPad and a mother's love.

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Overcoming Limits

The drummer who became a maid to chase her musical dreams

Spurred by her mum's dying wish, Indonesian Dewi Nur Fatikah came to Singapore to work and save up for a music career - but it ...

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Nurazah learns to walk

Love in the face of Tourette's

At 97, this Vietnamese grandma has mastered the Internet

A special school, built on love

They sold their house, she gave up her career. All to build a safe world for their son and hundreds of other youths.

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"We are human also. I can feel sadness when you treat me like I’m so small. You don’t know that I do other things."


Facing Ageing


Danny's Mother: A love-hate-love story of facing dementia

When that strict, strong mother you know falls prey to dementia, and your roles are reversed – how do you cope with the ...

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This South Korean tech start-up hires only seniors over 55, to prove a point

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What the powerful magic of choice did to these nursing home residents

Guilt, burnout and sacrifice: Dementia patients’ caregivers ask ‘have I done enough?'

Secret violence: The silence surrounding elder abuse

A face of homelessness today

At 35, he sleeps in food outlets, washes up at public toilets - and has been trying to work and study his way out of destitution.

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Stories of Survivors

Bankrupt, divorced, then son dies of cancer: How one man survived to rise above it all

He came close to ending his life and was locked up for drink-driving. Jimmy Ong tells On The Red Dot what gave him the will to ...

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Wei Kong's Long Road Back

Did I create life or destroy them?: Mother’s grief over losing 3 babies

Sister’s death at hands of schizophrenic son spurs her to help the mentally ill and their families

Lives in limbo: CNA Insider's Lam Shushan documents the Rohingya refugees' tales of loss and of compassion


Meet the real-life suicide squad - ordinary folks turned heroes who risked death to rescue more than 1,700 trapped in Marawi.


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The real Suicide Squad: Heroes of Marawi

Why young Singaporeans are picking up dialects

More are going for classes in Hokkien, Teochew and Cantonese - in part to bridge the generation gap.


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A CNA Insider series exploring the issues of elderly poverty in Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore and Myanmar.

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