Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific

Sen Lam

Asia Pacific

The Asia Pacific program with Sen Lam was broadcast for the final time on August 15,  2014.  Enjoy our content archive.


Simple pleasures - couple maps Australia's cycling routes

Updated 27 June 2014, 11:28 AEST

Crossing the vastness of Australia from north to south is an intimidating enough task in a car, let alone travelling by bicycle.

Wayne Crothers, curator of Asian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria

Chivalry, tea and poetry - Bushido - Way of the Samurai

Updated 27 June 2014, 13:57 AEST

The 1960s television series, The Samurai captured the imagination of popular culture outside Japan.

Woman taking HIV drugs - Sukree Sukplang - Reuters

'Super-duper' antibody may pave way to HIV vaccine

Updated 26 June 2014, 14:01 AEST

One of Australia's leading authorities on HIV AIDS says huge advancements have taken place in HIV treatment over the past ten years, even though there's still no cure or vaccine.

J.C. Weliamuna, Chairman, Transparency International Sri Lanka.

Independent journalism under threat in Sri Lanka - TISL

Updated 9 July 2014, 13:22 AEST

There're many countries in the region where it's dangerous to be a journalist, but none more so than in investigative reporting.

Australia China FTA by year's end

Updated 26 June 2014, 13:13 AEST

It took nine years of tough negotiations, but it seems Australia and China are ready to sign a much awaited free trade agreement by the end of this year.

UN wants 'Pacific model' of cooperation on tuna fishing

Updated 26 June 2014, 11:39 AEST

The United Nations Development Programme believes the Pacific has got it right on tuna fishing.

India's BJP government flexes muscle on social media

Updated 26 June 2014, 11:39 AEST

Free speech champions in India are worried at the police crackdown against people who have posted reportedly 'offensive' material targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Thai riot police - Pornchai Kittiwongsakul - AFP

Thailand's military regime shuts down free speech

Updated 26 June 2014, 13:21 AEST

In Thailand, the military regime is continuing its crackdown on dissent a month after it took control of the nation.

Humanitarian crisis builds in Pakistan

Updated 25 June 2014, 11:28 AEST

A humanitarian crisis is brewing in Pakistan's north.

Dr Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu

Civil activities and freedoms curbed, five years after Sri Lanka's civil war

Updated 25 June 2014, 17:35 AEST

An assessment of Sri Lanka, five years after the civil war, says ethnic minorities are no better off and the sources of conflict are still being sustained.

Child labourer - Rupak De Chowdhur - Reuters

Children in rural Vietnam vulnerable to labour recruiters

Updated 25 June 2014, 13:40 AEST

Children in Vietnam as young as eleven are working up to eighteen hours a day, often in harsh and abusive conditions.

Call to clarify land policies ahead of Fiji's elections

Updated 25 June 2014, 11:26 AEST

Fiji goes to the polls in less than three months for its first national elections in eight years.

Cambodian activists waving flags - Tang Chhin Sothy - AFP

Cambodia's democracy space is shrinking: UN rights envoy

Updated 30 June 2014, 16:08 AEST

The UN human rights envoy to Cambodia says the space for democracy has shrunk following a bloody crackdown on protestors earlier this year.

Chinese villagers intrigued by high-profile disappearance

Updated 25 June 2014, 11:25 AEST

A man who was one of the most powerful and feared in China has vanished from public life.

Jeffrey Kitingan

Malaysia's 'Allah' ruling is religion politicised - Kitingan

Updated 24 June 2014, 18:40 AEST

Malaysia's highest court has dismissed a bid by Christians the right to use the word 'Allah'.

Malaysia's human rights body urges government to tackle human trafficking

Updated 24 June 2014, 14:11 AEST

Malaysia and Thailand have rejected a US State Department report listing them as among the worst countries in terms of addressing human trafficking.

Hong Kong agitates for fuller autonomy under Basic Law

Updated 24 June 2014, 13:21 AEST

An unofficial referendum in Hong Kong on democratic reform has drawn more than 700-thousand votes.

Condemnation of Egyptian decision on Greste and colleagues

Updated 24 June 2014, 13:20 AEST

There has been international condemnation of the court decision in Egypt, which handed jail terms to three journalists, including Australian Peter Greste.

Egyptian court's decision on Al Jazeera unexpected

Updated 24 June 2014, 13:20 AEST

Sue Turton, a spokeswoman for Al Jazeera in Doha, was one of those tried in absentia and sentenced to 10 years.

Understanding China more deeply: Ambassador Adamson

Updated 24 June 2014, 13:19 AEST

A free trade agreement, investment in agriculture and mining, and safe food.

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