With the mainstream media focused squarely on the new administration under US President Donald Trump, many countries in Asia are looking forward to the Lunar New Year and China – the world’s factory has temporarily shut down so workers can spend time with their families. Lin Wanxia spoke to travelers outside the Shenzhen Train Station recently, as they braced for their long journeys home. Asia Times also features a slide show of Serbian artist Endre Penovac’s paintings of roosters using techniques reminiscent of Asia ink masters.
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Almost a year since she shook the mixed martial arts world, Angela Lee has experienced a steep learning curve, writes Pedro Chan. She has rarely been out of the spotlight after lifting the ONE Championship atomweight crown in May becoming the MMA’s youngest world champion at 19. Now she is preparing for her first defense of the title on March 11 in Bangkok. The now-20-year-old Lee (6-0) will face Taiwan’s Jenny Huang (5-0).
Moves are being made to herald a new king in Thailand, writes Shawn W. Crispin. The royal succession has been smooth, defying predictions of a tumultuous transition. On government buildings, shopping malls, and luxury hotels, larger-than-life portraits of recently deceased Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej are gradually being replaced with images of his succeeding son – King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun. While black-clad Thais continue to mourn Bhumibol’s death last October, the new king is setting the pieces that will define his power and reign.
Jie Jie is young, bright-eyed and works in a suburb of the city of Guangzhou in southern China. She’s mostly dressed in white, has a cute neckerchief and huge eyes that blink every four seconds exactly, and is the worst waitress I’ve ever met, writes Johan Nylander. The Steamed King Robot Restaurant is one of the few in Guangzhou – perhaps the only one – that still has a jiqiren, “machine man.”