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In Conversation With: Harold Koh, CEO and Founder of Nextevo

From working with cars in the Philippines to overseeing pineapple farms in Indonesia, 58-year-old Harold Koh now finds himself coming full circle. He is back in his hometown Singapore, building his fabric manufacturing company that is centred around one key word – sustainability. Today, Mr Koh is the CEO and founder of Nextevo, a fabric…
27 Jun 2022 6 mins read

Breaking Stereotypes for the LGBTQ+ Community in Singapore Media

According to LGBTQ+ media advocacy group GLAAD, queer representation on US television has hit a record high in 2022, with nearly 12 per cent of regular characters portrayed as LGBTQ+, up from 2.8 per cent in 2021. Lived experiences are complex and it is sometimes a challenge to capture diversity in its entirety, which makes…
27 Jun 2022 6 mins read

Respect for all: Every LGBTQ student matters, or do they?

When Charissa, who is in a same-sex relationship with her partner, came out about her sexuality in her late teens, it was not to a very inclusive environment. “It was in 2015. I was 18 and I remember coming out to my family somewhere between the end of 2015 and early 2016 when my mental…
27 Jun 2022 4 mins read

Being queer and fighting for LGBTQ+ rights in socially conservative Singapore

Coming out can be a singularly frightening experience for those who do not conform to the cisgender, heteronormative (cishet) society, especially within socially conservative Singapore. Mr Sean Foo, founder of leading LGBTQ+ publication Dear Straight People and creator of Singapore’s first Boys’ Love (BL) web drama series Getaway, says he was afraid of coming out…
27 Jun 2022 7 mins read

The Impact of Caregiving: The physical and mental price paid by the caregivers

According to Howard Gleckman, a published author and writer whose professional expertise is founded on long-term care, health care, elder care, tax policy, budget policy and economics, it costs families more to care for a frail older adult than to raise a child for the first 17 years of his life. In our monthly Big…
26 Jun 2022 5 mins read

Play that funky music … again

Who doesn’t love a great comeback story?  After all, Rocky Balboa stepped out of retirement for a bout with Mason “The Line” Dixon. Liverpool FC clinched the 04/05 Champions League in Istanbul against AC Milan in penalties. And then there is Kim Kardashian. 2022 is the year of the comebacks.  For Singapore, it is the…
25 Jun 2022 4 mins read

Faecal attraction: First Southeast Asia poo bank set up in Singapore

Mention faecal matter and many people would run the other way.  But Cordlife, Singapore’s and one of Asia’s pioneers in cryopreservation of umbilical cord blood obtained from babies, is running towards it and Singaporeans suffering from bloating will to happy to hear this. Cordlife is working with the Asian Microbiome Library (AMILI), Southeast Asia’s first…
22 Jun 2022 3 mins read

Looking at a new lease of life for Cathay Building: Will it come full circle?

Cathay Building, the art-deco building by architect Frank W Brewer, has been sitting on the slopes of Mt Sophia along Handy Road since 1939. It had witnessed many events, used by both the British and Japanese during World War II and the place of first dates at the cinema for many.  For many generations of…
21 Jun 2022 3 mins read

Sorry kids, no watching Lightyear because of a same-sex kiss

Animated movies are usually the solid choice for family movie night out, especially during the June school holidays. But when it comes to the new Pixar movie Lightyear, the decision to include a kissing scene from a lesbian couple seems to be doing the movie in – well, in the more conservative markets, that is.…
17 Jun 2022 4 mins read

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