It’s easy to see why religious cults are so popular among certain segments of the global population: for starters, they offer a fast-track to spiritual salvation without all the pesky, millennia-old morality of older religions. While it sometimes seems that the United States holds the patent on messianic madness, here are three particularly strange cultists who have popped up in Asia in recent decades.
What the emerging Myanmar fashion scene needs now is a mentor: someone who remembers when there was no Myanmar fashion scene, and when designers were dismissed as mere tailors. What many designers, bold in their vision and confident in their talent, hanker for, dare I say it, a role model. And designer Mogok Pauk Pauk has earned the mantle of Fashion Guru.
This week, Douglas Long brings us reviews of 3 films new – and older – that feature 3 very different kinds of gurus, and the effects they have on the lives and minds of their students: prep-school intellectuals, precocious musicians, and saber-wielding galactic saviors.
Not an architect nor a city planner is he, yet, Thant Myint-U is famous for his association with Yangon’s landscape. On August 9 in a ceremony held at Parkroyal Hotel, the historian and author was awarded the 26th Fukuoka Grand Prize, which celebrates individuals or organisations who have contributed outstanding efforts towards preserving, or creating, Asian culture.