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Amanda Siew - Founder & Editor-in-Chief & Health and Beauty Editor, is an aspiring dermatologist who recently completed her degree in Medicine & Surgery in England. Raised in London and Hong Kong, she started working as a part-time model with Elite Model Management at the age of 16. Drawing on her experiences in modelling, fashion and internet publishing, she founded AERIS Magazine in 2010. Grace Brown - Creative Director, graduated with the double Bachelors of International Studies/ Law from Sydney University. She gained journalistic experience at Star World, APV, Channel Seven, CNN and Bloomberg. Raised in Hong Kong, Grace speaks fluent Mandarin and is passionate about business, people, fashion and art. Sophie Bent - Director of Communications, was born and bred in Hong Kong, before completing a Bachelor of Commerce in Sydney and Boston. She is currently undertaking a Master of Strategic Public Relations. Her work experience ranges from Burson-Marsteller, Hong Kong Disneyland, Hongkong Land, Jardine Airport Services Group to Mandarin Oriental. Ka Ming Ho - Technology & Layout Editor, was born in Hong Kong, but has lived in Canada and France before settling in London, As a Cantonese, Mandarin, French and English speaker, he enjoys travelling and learning about different cultures. He has worked briefly at the BBC and the Financial Times.
Shanghai Tang How the stylish Hong Kong label is leading the trend in ‘Silk Road Chic.’
Perla 12 La launches its latest Baroque-themed lingerie collection at Hong Kong’s MO bar.
Couture 14 Kanchan keeps up with the summer heat with a bold, fresh, electric collection.
Jet Set Guide 18 The Economy, moi? Sophie on dressing to impress for that complimentary upgrade. Saving Face: Tailored Skincare A simple guide for the right moisturiser.
19 United 20 Chefs HK top chefs unite with Oxfam and Buzz Entertainment in a culinary fundraiser for Japan.
Land: Luang Prabang 21 Lost Escape summers suffocating cities and crowded
beaches in this tranquil Laotian mountain town.
Not, Want Not? 25 Waste Sophie explores age-old etiquette enforced on a
new young crowd, at Sydney’sWafu. Half-year Review As the first half of the year ends, AERIS reflects on the top news stories that moved the World. Photographs Ka Ming looks at the world outside Asia.
with special thanks to Lewis Lam, a Hong Kongbased photographer, with special focus on commercial photography, including advertisment, fashion, magazines, and events. He also specializes in colour management, photo retouching, and print output. With his experience, he runs regular workshops in order to share his knowledge. lewislamphotography.com
Joyce Yung is an international photographer based in Hong Kong. Joyce uses her broad multinational education and experiences to extract the inner story in each of her photos. joyceyung.com
Photographer: Joyce Yung Model: Lu Nagata Founder of poledancetokyo.com Makeup: Ka Lam kalammakeup.com Hair: Alex Chan
Foreword The first half of 2011 has given us a great deal to think about. Most notably, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, which was the most powerful disaster in Japanese history, in which 15 thousand lives were lost and thousands more became homeless. While the international community has been incredibly supportive, much is left to be done and AERIS would like to ask for your continued support. AERIS attended the Tsunami relief at Hong Kong’s Lily and Bloom, an evening providing an eclectic mix of Japan-inspired culinary treats created by Asia’s top chefs in support of Oxfam‘s relief efforts to the Japanese people. We’d also like to thank designer Brendan Lam for his powerful illustration, which conveys the strength and unity of the Japanese youth rebuilding the nation. All of us at AERIS aim to make raising awareness of humanitarian issues in Asia a top priority and value your feedback or help. There is no doubt that Asia is an exciting and rapidly developing continent, with China at the forefront. Shanghai Tang is a brand that epitomises modern China, yet remains true to its roots. Its luxurious Chinese designs, represent “progressive China“ yet draw upon traditional Chinese heritage, as discussed in AERIS’ interview with the brand’s Chief Creative Officer, Chee Au. With her down-to-earth Malaysian upbringing and experiences working for top fashion houses such as Oscar De La Renta and Donna Karen, it‘s no surprise that Shanghai Tang’s styles continue to meet increasingly demanding consumers’ desire for style, luxury and comfort. For our readers that are always on the go we’ve put together a guide to the ‘self-upgrade’ and traveling in style. Also, AERIS’ guide on ‘how to choose a moisturizer’ simplifies the jargon plastered all over skincare products and enable you to make informed decisions about choosing appropriate skincare for your skin type. Worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life, we delve into the tranquil and scenic land of Laos and explore why it has become such a well-visited destination for food, exploring the outdoors and pampering. In our food column, we find out about the unique Sydney’s Surry Hills membersonly restaurant Wafu - its “sustainable nourishment” philosophy, which demands patrons to finish all the food on their plate or risk being struck off its exclusive members list. While controversial, Ichikawa does make a clear statement drawing attention to the increasing global food wastage and over-consumption. As part of AERIS’ redevelopment, we have not only restructured our editorial team (to include Grace Brown as Creative Director, Sophie Bent as Head of Communications and KaMing Ho as Head of Design), but also expanded our content in response to reader demand. The release of this issue occurs just over a year since AERIS was established. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Shanghai Tang, La Perla and Kanchan Couture, and our photographers, Lewis Lam and Joyce Yung, who have been a privilege to work with for this issue. Also, thank you to our readers who have helped make our magazine a success over the past 15 months. While our magazine is still young and will continue to evolve and grow, part of our philosophy is that every image, article or event featured is selected on the basis that it represents AERIS’ identity and the qualities of Asia that we wish to bring focus to. Enjoy the summer 2011 issue of AERIS! Amanda Siew Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Shanghai Tang While China has been making fashion statements since the dawn of the Qing Dynasty, ‘Silk Road Chic’ has never been more relevant, nor globally pervasive, than it is right now. Aeris talks to Chee Au, Shanghai Tang’s Chief Creative Officer about the season ahead and the evolution underway amongst China’s young, empowered, burgeoning female consumers. By Grace Brown Photographer: Diego Merino Model: Qian Hui Ting
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Q&a with chee au
How do you design and appeal to Shanghai Tang’s targeted demographics? We have a specific consumer group that adores Shanghai Tang. Primarily, I think it’s our playful and modern interpretation of traditional Chinese aesthetics that differentiates us. We represent a slice of progressive China that is so effervescent at the moment. What changes have you made to Shanghai Tang since returning last year as the Chief Creative Officer? At this point in time, my main priority is to align our brand’s perception with that of our targeted customers’ expectations. For the upcoming Autumn/Winter 2011 season, especially in women’s apparel is to create a line of products that adds dimensions and value to our customers’ needs to meet today’s demanding and multi-faceted lifestyle. We have incorporated semi stretch fabric technology in some of our fitted silhouettes to enhance fit and comfort. In the near absence of original brands from Hong Kong and China, Shanghai Tang is often mentioned as a leading light. What would you say to aspiring Chinese brand creators? Be fiercely inquisitive - only an inquiring mind can discover uncharted waters. There should not be a fear of the unknown. You were raised in Malaysia, before being educated in America. How does your background influence your designs? I grew up in a small town called Batu Pahat in the Southern region of Malaysia, which is a little
community, a far cry from where will be a hint of rock n’ roll chic the fashion industry has brought in this collection. Shanghai Tang’s me so far. It was the root that taught Autumn/Winter 2011 celebrates me the importance of preserving China’s dynastic return to a world humility. Fashion is all about of momentous luxury, grandeur and fantasy - creating an image that confidence. It will be a refreshing transports us to a higher realm new Shanghai Tang. of self confidence and elegance. Personally, I feel that a “Be fiercely inquisitive - only an inquiring mind good design can discover uncharted waters. There should should be not be a fear of the unknown.” quiet but speaks volumes of words when it is worn. It is an How did your prior experience accessory that accentuates the for Western fashion houseswearer’s physical outlook, yet Oscar de la Renta, Donna subtle enough to let the individual’s Karen and Anne Klein, to name a few- shape your approach to personality shine through. aesthetically Chinese designing There are many different at Shanghai Tang? variations within Chinese culture, My experience and background in terms of styles among different in gives me the eye to see past the clans. What is your vision for “chaos” that sometimes exist in Shanghai Tang in Autumn/Winter traditional Chinese arts and crafts, 2011? How is it going to be where I often take inspiration from. different from the last season? For example, for ready-to-wear, I will Shanghai Tang’s Autumn/Winter water down a vintage embroidery 2011 will be quite different from the pattern from a glorious spectrum of past. Previously, the seasonal themes 12 colours to a basic monochromatic were usually based on a destination representation. However, it’s quite within China. Fashion is without the opposite for our tailoring division, a doubt an effective barometer of which is about opulence, excess and the contemporary social climate. a display of Chinese supremacy. Therefore, in Autumn/Winter 2011 I took my direction from the vibrant Coco Chanel once said “Fashion sociological shift currently playing is not something that exists in out in China. This season we will dresses only…fashion has to do be showcasing a stronger and a with ideas, the way we live, what convincingly more independent is happening...”Do you feel that woman. With the robust economic ‘East meets West’ has become transformation of modern China, a more sought out by the market new consumer society has sprouted. as China became a primary These emerging young, urban consumer? middle class consumers are not It never went out of fashion. China inebriated by the western society’s has traditionally been an inspiration articulation of luxury. They are to many creative minds across all proudly displaying their authentic disciplines. Chinese cultural heritage. There
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a Perla celebrated the launch of their Spring/ Summer 2011 Collection at the stylish MO bar of Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental Landmark Hotel. Over 100 guests sipped rose cocktails and enjoyed a sensual preview of novel items including the anticipated Red Ingenue Bustier set and the all new mens’ collection. “MO Bar is a leader for bringing new concepts into the city, whether its afternoon tea collaborations, unplugged concerts or luxury men’s underwear,” noted Samantha Wordsworth, La Perla Marketing and PR Manager. The collection was inspired by 18th century Venetian romanticism, in keeping with the brand’s firm Italian roots. The collection featured scenographic embroidery and rotations of transparent and opaque parts to convey the fashions of the era, including adornments such as lace, jewellerry and veils. The textures also originated from the baroque era architecture; friezes, volutes, scratched stone, gleaming marble and golden and embellished, golden stucco frames. In showcasing the past of its home country, La Perla continues to seduce Asia not only with beautiful lingerie, but also Italian culture, life and tradition.
Lace, Jewels and veils, La Perla uncovers its latest Baroque-themed lingerie collection. Grace Brown writes. Images courtesy of La Perla
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Kanchan Couture Its been a year since we caught up with Kanchan. Keeping summer in the city electric, bold and fresh, here is the best of her Blue and White collection for Spring/ Summer 2011. Model: Aga Kala Photographer: Jeff Hahn
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by Sophie Bent
ao Tzu said: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. But stepping into economy is much more painful than stepping into business. For all the conveniences of modern technology, flying is never as simple as getting from A to B. There’s usually a long queue, screaming child or rehydrated sausage to contend with. That’s why it pays to be travel-savvy and work the system to your advantage. Fortunately, getting upgraded isn’t about luck; it’s about strategy. Here are four ways to improve your odds… 1. JOIN THE CLUB Check-in agents are like the bouncers of the skies: they won’t let you in unless your name’s on the list. Frequent flyer programs are designed to recognise and reward customer loyalty, so do the smart thing and sign up. It only takes a few long hauls a year to start clocking up the miles and earning benefits, including fast track check-in, an invite to “the lounge” and, most importantly, your name on the upgrade list. 2. TAKE YOUR TIME Flying from JKF to HKG? The bad news: you’ve got 16 hours worth of video to sit through. The good news:
on busy routes like this, airlines typically overbook economy by 10 to 15 percent. Arrive fashionably late and you may find that the back half of the plane is already full, in which case the airline has no choice but to upgrade you (or move you to a different flight, but let’s not tempt fate). 3. SPEAK THE LINGO
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Greet your check-in agent in their native language, and you’ll be ticking all the right boxes before your passport’s even on the counter. Simple pleasantries can go a long way toward getting your foot in the door [of a business class cabin]. And remember, never ask outright for an upgrade: you’ll just seem pushy. It’s far better to express your interest with a casual yet welltargeted query about seat occupancy rates: “Is the flight full today?” 4. DRESS TO IMPRESS If you want to fly business, you’ve got to look the part. Trackpants and UGG boots just won’t cut it, so aim for a classic look that blends style and comfort. Gentlemen should pair dark jeans with a crisp collared shirt and leather satchel, as popularised by Burberry’s fall 2010 menswear collection. Ladies can’t go wrong with a classic shift dress and some patent flats, à la Audrey Hepburn. Now ask yourself wryly: “Do I look like I fly economy?” >p.34
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Sensitive skin - you may experience burning, itching or stinging when applying skincare and cosmetics.
Normal – your skin is well-moisturized without being oily and pores are not large. Use a light, non-oily moisturizer containing ingredients such as glycerol, hyaluronic acid, urea, lactic acid, phospholipids.
Make sure your moisturizer (and any other products you use) is hypoallergenic and fragrancefree, as this makes them less likely to cause irritation. Avoid products with alcohol, propylene or butylene glycol and triethanolamine, as these are common irritants found in many products. Also, exfoliants using AHA and TCA may aggravate your skin.
Oily/acne-prone skin – your skin’s surface is shiny and oily to touch with large pores. Generally, you don’t have a great need for moisturizers but do use one when your skin is drier such e.g. during winter. Choose products that are noncomedogenic which won’t clog your pores. AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid) and salicylic acid are helpful against blackheads and whiteheads. Nicotinamide lowers sebum (oil) secretion.
Dry - your skin is dull, lacks shine, even flaky, in harsh winter weather. Choose creams or lotions with glycerin, paraffin, lanolin, or hyaluronic acid, which attracts airborne water into the skin and helps retain the skin’s own water. Avoid products with AHA and salicylic acid as they will worsen dryness.
Dry, sensitive or oily skin, Amanda Siew introduces how to choose a moisturiser based on your skin type
Combination – similar to normal skin but with increased oiliness around the t-zone. Avoid applying moisturizers to the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) but use a non-oily moisturiser on the rest of your face as recommend for normal skin
eauty and skincare counters bombard us with products claiming to be ‘anti-oxidant,’ ‘anti-ageing’ ‘antiblemish’ and so on, but the truth is, claims can be greatly exaggerated since many consumer skincare products don’t undergo approval by the usual healthcare regulatory bodies. However, you’ll be glad to know that using a moisturiser suitable for your skin type can help keep your skin soft, flexible and healthy. A final note- It’s good practice to use a moisturiser with SPF 15+ or an additional sunscreen in the daytime to prevent sun damage, which over time, contributes towards pigmentation, wrinkles and increases your risk of skin cancer. >p.34
From delicious canapes to free flowing champagne, top chefs and friends gather in rememberence to Japanâ€™s devastating earthquake. Grace Brown savours the nightâ€™s delights.
n April 17, 2011 Lily and Bloom Hong Kong teamed up with some of Asia's top chefs to host Chefs United, with profits going to Oxfam for the victims of the devastating March 11 Japan earthquake and tsunami. Chefs included Calvin Ku (Buzz Concepts), David Lai (On Lot 10), Jaako Sora (Finds), Jaime Young (Gusto/ Casa), Jason Licker (JW Marriot Hotel HK), Matt Abergel (Yardbird), Rene Michelena (Lily & Bloom) and Satoru Mukogawa (Sushi Kuu). DJ Kage, DJ Jumbo, DJ Kenta played, along with soulful jazz performances from Michal Garcia on trumpet, Oscar Azahar on saxophone, DJ Gie on electronics, Ted Lo on keys, Marsha Yuan on vocals, Samuel Buchanan on bass guitar and guest artist Solomon Siah on guitar and vocals. There was also a silent auction- embodying the careful balancing act of emotions in reflecting both restraint and resiliance through the night. Guests mingled to the music over a mouth watering triumph of Italian-Japanese fusion canapes- such as sake-soaked strawberry brushetta with fresh marscapone. "We soaked them overnight" chef Satoru confided. "You think 'it's Brushetta, it's Italian' but ah! No- that sake is all Japan." Images courtesy of Buzz Concepts
Illustration by Brandon Lam. Please donate to Oxfam Japan.
Lost Land: Luang Prabang In the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang, you will find not skyscrapers, but ruins of golden Khmer temples, crumbling French architecture and saffron-robed monks. Surrounded by the Nam Khan and the Mekong river, it is also home to an abundance of natural beauty. Grace Brown writes.
lessedly free of McDonalds and Starbucks, the town has aromatic bakeries serving up some of the finest fresh pastries outside of Paris (we like Saffron for crusty sandwiches by the Mekong and Jomo for mango crumble and papaya smoothies). Take a picnic to the impressive Kuang Si waterfalls (45 minutes by bus) and burn off the baguette with an afternoon plunging into the different pools of bubbling turquoise. In place of malls are vibrant evening markets, open from 4pm to tempt with every accessory from hand woven silk scarves and pashminas, to ornate dolls and glittering jewellery, eye-catching bags and
bright slippers, paper lanterns and sequined pillows. If you are shown crafts by children, buy from the women instead- the profits go to the children, shielding them from a fate of future child labour. The country’s location during the Vietnam War has sadly rendered it the most heavily bombed in the world, a history still felt by these many children in poverty- yet it is best to give bottled water or food instead of money, which may be taken from them. Perhaps the most enchanting thing in Laos is the warm hospitality of the traditional, yet carefree Laotians themselves. Let your stress slip away after an hour or two under light fingertips of a ‘Mystic Lao Massage’ at The Spa Garden.
At the charming Ramayana hotel - a former Colonial mansion- you can book this Spa’s top masseurs to come to you. End your day with a leisurely glass at one of this town’s many charming wine bars dinner to remember at one of Luang Prabang’s many superb French and Laotian restaurants. For French, we recommend L’Elephant for the ratatouille, the slow cooked deer and the wild mushroom ravioli; and Blue Lagoon, whose Lao-born, Swiss trained chef serves authentic, crispy and tender duck a l’orange, al’dente risotto and a refreshing avocado gazpacho. Both restaurants also boast outstanding, albeit fairly expensive, wine menus and homemade bread. Head to Dyen Sabai for tasty local fare, such as Laab (minced chicken, pork or beef with chili, lime and fragrant local herbs), Mekong fish (fried with chili and lemongrass), Laotian sausages, fried seaweed, eggplant dip and an array of curries. The restaurant is accessible by the sinuous bamboo bridge over the river, or boat in the summer. While waiting for the feast to come, enjoy sunset over the river from your dining hut, with a fresh mint daiquiri and a head massage. Summer in the city is suffocating. If you get that elusive long weekend off and desire to escape away to another world and time, let this misty mountain town in Laos be your next destination. From top to bottom: Kuang Si waterfalls; Downtown Luang Prabang; Blue Lagoon’s signature canard à l’orange; Ramayana hotel at dusk
To get there and back within a long weekend, book a Lao Airlines connecting flight from Bangkok and you’ll be on your way to lost paradise.
Less Food, More Luxury? by
Images courtesy of Wafu LewisLamPhotography.com
hef Yukako Ichikawa is dishing up a new kind of exclusivity.
Wafu, her 30-seat Japanese restaurant in Sydney’s Surry Hills, is for members only – no exceptions. Ichikawa refuses to speak to nonmembers on the phone. Passersby are dismissed at the door and left standing open-mouthed on the street. More controversially, Ichikawa recently embarked on something of a consolidation scheme, telling certain members not to come back. But it isn’t snobbery that drives Ichikawa to limit Wafu’s customer base: her long-term goal is to keep numbers low, prevent waste, and build a new mindset of frugality and respect among Wafu’s loyal patrons, one member at a time. Ichikawa’s personal ethos of sustainable nourishment is expressed through a “guiltless” menu that relies solely on organic, dairy- and gluten-free ingredients. Wafu also offers a 30 percent discount to diners who eat everything they order or come
armed with recycled takeaway containers. “Finishing your meal requires that everything is eaten except lemon slices, gar (sushi ginger) and wasabi,” the menu states. “Those who do not consider taking home their leftovers will be expelled from the member’s list and will be refused re-entry to the restaurant.” Ichikawa’s rules may seem more suited to a dictatorship than a restaurant, but the rationale is clear: eating well means eating less, and eating less will ultimately reduce the human impact on the environment. Indeed, behind most modern diets is an alarmingly wasteful system of mass food production that depletes the land, pollutes the sea and air, burns up oil and coal, and supports a direct link between climate change and obesity. Hong Kong, for example, adds 3000 tonnes of food waste to its landfills everyday, while more than one billion people
starve worldwide. Restaurants like Wafu, though few and far between, could succeed in making some difference to people’s attitudes and behaviours toward food, particularly when they harness emerging consumer trends to promote the idea of “less food, more luxury”. Ichikawa’s food is simple but exceptional. Sweet avocado and brown rice sushi rolls, hijiki seaweed with white miso and soy dressing, and succulent, caramelised teriyaki salmon make dining at Wafu a truly satisfying experience, rather than an exercise in self-restraint. There’s a “green luxury” to be enjoyed in eating only the freshest, sustainable produce. Ichikawa’s intricate yet clean flavours also impart a sense of expensiveness that belies the menu’s reasonable prices. Of course, getting your foot in the door is easier said than done. It’s the exclusivity of it all that makes Wafu so popular, its principles so memorable, and sustainable luxury, a very real possibility.
From T-shirts to airline liveries, furnitures to interiors, Tania Willis has won numerous recognitions for her outright funky designs. Grace Brown catches up with Tania at her recent exhibition ‘Hong Kong> The World> The Universe’ exhibition’ Illustrations: Tania Willis
How easy has this been to pursue in Hong Kong and do you see a change hat medium did you use to in the art market in Asia recently, in terms of who the buyers are? create these images?
I used to paint, but eventually developed a digital system to mimic my old methods as closely as possible- mistakes and all. The artwork begins as a series of pencil sketches in my sketchbooks. I scan the best drawing and work on top of it with a digital pen, pad and software. I’ve created libraries of colour palettes, textures and customized brushes that I use to reduce the digital control, allow for accidents and bring it as close as possible to real drawing. When did you realize that fine art was your calling? Actually, it’s the reverse. I did my BA in fine art and realized it wasn’t my calling, I realized instead, that I think like a designer. Like any good product, fashion or graphic design, I love to see beauty applied to functionality. I love it when my images serve a purpose and function.
collection and buyers can come from anywhere. It’s a new concept to Hong Kong, but like everything in Asia, it’s catching on fast. Places like Kapok on Sun Street understand In regards to the area that I’m this. interested in (between fine art and design) which is often referred to Do you have any advice for new as ‘image-making’ or ‘designers’ buyers of designer prints? prints’, there is quite an established market in the Europe and the U.S., A lot of well known illustrators, particularly in creative hubs like photographers and designers are London and San Francisco. The now exhibiting in non-traditional prints are usually small, hand-signed, spaces, including London Design limited editions of screen print or Festival in Brick Lane which uses old genuine archival pigment print on factories, design studios, shops…etc. Hahnemuehle paper. This means It doesn’t require the investment the prints don’t fade and the paper levels of a fine art purchase, but it doesn’t degrade, so the artworks are is still an investment nevertheless, if guaranteed to last up to 100 years. you buy limited edition. Don’t buy into editions of more than 50 years This kind of art has much more in old and always research who you common with pop culture and want to buy. Resale prices are good, appeals to a new, younger kind of particularly in the U.S. (‘Flatstock’ collector, given its more affordable, is a popular graphic arts festival, physically smaller and more which sells a lot of artists’ posters). accessible (than fine art). Hong Also, many designers are building a Kong’s new young professionals name for themselves, so their work really value good design, so I think is increasing in value over time. these people represent the new market for designers’ prints. Many Hong Kong > The Word> The designers are running their own Universe continues until July 10th at online galleries, which makes Kapok, Sun St, Hong Kong it easier to plan and research a www.taniawillis.com
In half a year, the world turned more than it has in decades... ROMANCE RETURNS On the 29th of April, Prince William and Kate Middleton married at Westminster Abbeyuniting the British public and the Royal family for the first time in years.
REVOLUTION On January 15th, Tunisia’s former president, Zine al Abidine Ben Ali fled the country after 23 years. On February 11th Egypt’s former president, Hosni Mubarack, transferred his power to the Armed Forces, ending his 30-year regime. The change was compelled by revolutions over youth unemployment and allegations of corruptionenabled for the first time without any clear leader, through social media. The uprisings continue in Libya and Syria.
REPUATI REBORN Be it rate-hike trepidation, policy shift speculation, currency consternation or consumer preference anticipation, all eyes worldwide are fixed on one country - China’s rise is sealed.
Former International Monetary Strauss-Kahn – once regarded as men- was charged with sexual a and attempted rape, following a maid on May 14th. The jury w coming months, but his recent lending a
y Fund (IMF) Chief, Dominique one of the World’s most powerful assault, unlawful imprisonment accusations of a New York hotel weighs up the evidence in the t resignation rattled the global authority.
RENEGADE QUAKES, RESILIANCE Earthquakes of unforeseen scale shook Christchurch - at a magnitude of 6.3 on February 22nd - then Tokyo and Sendai, which endured a magnitude 8.9 megaquake and devastating tsunami, on March 11th. Along with the loss of 15 thousand lives, the Japan nuclear crisis continues to affect daily life from power shortages to food safety. Yet, communities affected have remained resiliant- helping each other rebuild, rather than descending into chaos.
REPERCUSSIONS On May 16th, the US reached its $US 14 tn debt ceiling. As Republicans refuse tax increases and Democrats defend welfare programmes, money remains hard to raise and quickly spent. The White House fears potetially “catastrophic consequences” if its borrowing limit is not raised, as Moodys threatens to downgrade its AAA credit rating.
REDEMPTION Osama Bin Laden, benefactor and mentor of the world’s most prominent terrorist network, Al Qaeda was killed at his hideout in Abbottabad on May 2nd, after evading capture for a decade. “Justice has been done,” remarked President Obama. ‘’The death of Bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s efforts to defeat Al Qaeda.”
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