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In South Korea, a society faces up to an epidemic of sexual harassment

When your child teeters between life and death, these folks stand and hold the line... inside the children's ICU.

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The farmer who gave them light

With little more than his own resourcefulness, he turned the river's power into electricity for 600 homes. #InspirAsian

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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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Inspir Asians

Social network founder turns champion for exploited farmers in Indonesia

Three months after the launch of farm-to-home app RegoPantes (or “fair price”), farmers are already seeing their income nearly ...

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Car park attendant's gift of a school, to children too poor to afford it

The matron who heals with tough love, in her shelter for those with HIV

United, they feed Malaysia's hungry: The kitchen where race and creed don't matter

Another year, another victory

When the doctors say your child has months to live - this is how far can love, hope and a fierce devotion take you.

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'Daughter, I've wronged you'

Forced to give up their babies under China's one-child policy, they're now searching desperately for their lost children.

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The Investigative Trail

Why Singapore needs Tuas mega port to keep ruling the seas

Twice the size of Ang Mo Kio new town, it's one of the nation's most ambitious projects yet, aimed at securing its maritime ...

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Why Singapore needs Changi Airport Terminal 5, to fly higher

How your lithium-ion battery could be an explosive danger

In Japan, a crisis as loved ones with dementia go missing, some for years

Having a runny nose? Avoid antibiotics, or we could pay a deadly price

ITE's special breed of teachers & students

It takes a resilient kind of student to rise above life's hard knocks; and an unorthodox sort of teacher to help them succeed.


Overcoming Limits


Signs of a rising star: When deafness is no limit

As a child, Alan loved role-playing but was told he could never be an actor - because he was deaf. Some 30 years later, he's ...

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The 54-year-old who ran a marathon four years after a quadruple bypass

Once a gang member, now he's giving his all to become a nurse

The boy that once nobody wanted: An orphan finds his true family

The drummer who became a maid to chase her musical dreams

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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Food Heroes

Two CNY dishes to impress your guests: Celestial duck and fried chicken skin pancake

While everyone else is making the obligatory pencai or roast pork, here are two traditional - but unique and seldom-made - ...

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Vegetarian rendang? In Padang, an iconic dish gets a healthier update

With a twist on kaya toast and bak chang, Bandung’s oldest kopitiam is fast becoming hip

Recipes from a different time: The Bugis art of slow and lemak cooking

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

Vanishing Home Recipes: Regional edition

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


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

For two champions, a lion's sacrifice of blood, sweat and family time

The training is hard, injuries are common, and their relationships with their loved ones suffer. But these two lion dancers ...

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

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

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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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

Why young Singaporeans are picking up dialects

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


Special Report

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

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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

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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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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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

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

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How corporate greed nearly destroyed Marvel's superhero empire

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