Articles Category: Culture

Water Festivals of Southeast Asia and Northeast India

Water festivals are important occasions in Southeast Asia and Northeast India. Despite geographical differences, the water festivals celebrated in the two regions are startlingly similar, underscoring Southeast Asia and Northeast India’s common cultural and historical linkages.

What’s in a Name? Unraveling Naming Conventions in Southeast Asia

First-time visitors to Southeast Asia often find themselves mystified by local names. They ask: Are one-word names considered given names or surnames? Which part denotes the surname in multi-word names (the current record is 12 words)? Why do spouses, and even parents and children, have different names? This article explores some of the common naming What’s in a Name? Unraveling Naming Conventions in Southeast Asia

ASEAN-Japan Fair 2023: Celebrating 50 Years of Friendship and Cooperation

The ASEAN-Japan Fair 2023 took centre stage at the Main Atrium of Plaza Senayan in Jakarta from 29 September to 1 October 2023. Organised by the Mission of Japan to ASEAN and the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team, this event marked five decades of robust collaboration, a significant milestone in the enduring friendship between ASEAN-Japan Fair 2023: Celebrating 50 Years of Friendship and Cooperation

Nizam Razak: Animating and Celebrating Southeast Asia’s Cultural Riches

In the first episode of the much-loved Malaysian television series, the title character, BoBoiBoy, goes on a train journey to his grandfather’s house on Rintis Island. Upon arrival, BoBoiBoy eagerly gets off the train and mistakenly hugs a stranger, thinking it’s his grandfather. In a humorous and delightful twist, his real grandpa, Tok Aba, also Nizam Razak: Animating and Celebrating Southeast Asia’s Cultural Riches

Tahilalats and Mindblowon Studio: Pop Culture in the Digital Age

Prepare to have your mind blown. That is the mission of Mindblowon Studio, a name derived from the playful Indonesian slang “blo’on,” meaning “foolish.” Yet, their creativity is anything but foolish. Mindblowon Studio stands tall as an influential figure in Indonesia’s pop culture. Before delving into the story of Mindblowon Studio, let us travel eastward Tahilalats and Mindblowon Studio: Pop Culture in the Digital Age

Banjong Pisanthanakun: Turning Nightmares into Cinematic Masterpieces

Banjong Pisanthanakun, the acclaimed 44-year-old Thai filmmaker, turns Southeast Asian nightmares into worldwide movie masterpieces. He has a deep understanding of the allure of horror tales in the region, explaining that these beliefs are ingrained in us. “They’ve been a part of our culture since day one. The fascination endures because people genuinely believe in Banjong Pisanthanakun: Turning Nightmares into Cinematic Masterpieces