Weekly Rewind: Cambodia's Startup Scene, India's Earliest Photographers, and an Anti-Corruption App in China

Hong Kong pro-democracy supporters stand outside the city's legislature after a vote in Hong Kong on June 18, 2015. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

Welcome to Asia Society’s Weekly Rewind, featuring some of the best Asia-related content you may have missed. This week:


Startups with Social Conscience Thrive in Cambodia
Kristi Eaton | NBC News

Catch a glimpse of the emerging startup scene in Cambodia, where a low cost of living and an abundance of non-profit organizations have drawn a growing number of entrepreneurs. “Many of the startups in Cambodia, where one in five live below the poverty line of $1.25 per day, are socially driven,” writes Kristi Eaton, who profiles the entrepreneurs behind the country’s first 3D printing company.

‘Hong Kong Is Quite Seriously Divided’
Suzanne Sataline | Foreign Policy

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council vetoed by a vote of 8-28 on Thursday a constitutional amendment that would have allowed voters cast ballots for their chief executive from a list of Beijing-vetted candidates in 2017. The elections plan was rejected by democracy activists in the aftermath of the pro-democracy protests that occurred in Hong Kong last fall.

The secret lives of Thailand's counterfeiters
Richard Ehrlich | CNN Philippines

This piece takes a look behind the scenes of Thailand’s extensive street markets and the network of counterfeiters behind them — “armed gangsters, wealthy businessmen, savvy importers, enthusiastic housewives and thrill-seeking students.”

Meet the young men who make Pakistani flags in India’s Kashmir
Sheikh Saaliq | Quartz

“I don’t fear anyone. Making a Pakistani flag and raising it is a form of protest for me,” says Shahid, a 19-year old college student from Srinagar, capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Separatist rallies have increased in different parts of Kashmir since the arrest of a separatist leader in April for raising a Pakistani flag.  



India’s Earliest Photographers
Rena Silverman | New York Times

Take a sneak preview of “The New Medium: Photography in India 1855-1930,” an exhibition at the Prahlad Bubbar gallery in London surveying the early history of the photographic medium in India.

Fighting China Corruption? There’s an App for That
Olivia Geng | Wall Street Journal

The Communist Party’s anticorruption agency has updated its smartphone app to “allow users to report instances of official corruption on the spot and upload cell phone photos to back it up.”

Photos Show Once-Beautiful Soviet Space Shuttles In Apparently Abandoned Kazakhstan Hangar
Hunter Stuart | The World Post

Explore old Soviet spacecraft, reportedly part of the Soviet Union’s Buran program, recently found in the giant hangars of a space launch facility in southern Kazakhstan.

How Singapore's airport is making its economy fly
David Molko and Meera Senthilingam | CNN

Singapore’s Changi airport has ranked number one in the World Airport Awards for three consecutive years, but is already working to expand its capacity, starting with the “Jewel” project due for completion in 2018.

Overheard This Week

"How this election is held, what the results are and what the situation in the country is after the election, will not just have an impact this year, or next year, but for many years to come … Only if we have clean politics can our country develop in peace."
—Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in a video message marking her 70th birthday on Friday [Jakarta Post]

By the Numbers

66 million — The current annual passenger capacity at Singapore’s Changi airport [CNN]

82 million — The annual passenger capacity at Singapore’s Changi airport in 2017 [CNN]

9,795 — The number of people arrested by Thailand’s police and Customs Department in 2013 [CNN]

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