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2020/09/08 | Roy Ngerng

Are Singaporeans Getting Ripped off by Their Social Welfare Programs?

Even though the money in Singapore's retirement and health insurance schemes continues to grow, Singaporeans can only withdraw a pathetically small amount.

2018/04/25 | The Conversation

New Delhi, Dengue, and Big Data: How Fighting Disease Can Unite a City

The fight against infectious disease in urban India could help create more inclusive social institutions.

2017/08/07 | Tyler Prochazka

Curing the ‘Ghost Island’: Why Taiwan Needs Basic Income

Sun Yat-sen believed that the benefits from natural resources, monopolies and property should be shared amongst all citizens. This is precisely the philosophy behind UBI, argues Tyler Prochazka.

2017/05/05 | Roy Ngerng

The Prime Minister or The People: Just Who is Stealing Lunches in Singapore?

[OPINION] The Singapore Prime Minister’s fixation on stealing other people’s lunches has raised questions of paranoia, competitiveness, double standards and inequality in Singapore.

2017/04/10 | Wang Junhui

Why Welfare Is Still Better Than Work for Some of China’s Poor

Fearing their payments will stop if they earn too much, families aren’t taking the chance to be better-off.

2017/03/24 | David Green

From Fiction to Reality: Universal Basic Income Gaining Traction in Asia

The idea is gathering global popularity after a landmark trial in India showed a basic income of as little as US$5 per month had a powerfully positive effect on health, community action and investment decisions in target communities.

2017/03/15 | Sin Yee Koh

Book Review: Capital Without Borders: Wealth Managers and the One Percent by Brooke Harrington

In 'Capital Without Borders: Wealth Managers and the One Percent,' Brooke Harrington offers an in-depth look into the work of wealth management professionals who ensure that the ‘one percent’ keep getting richer. Drawing on interviews and Harrington’s own experiences of a wealth management training program, Sin Yee Koh finds this a well-researched and clearly written ethnographic study that focuses attention on a key industry behind the continuation of global inequality.

2017/03/05 | Hussain Nadim

How Islamic Extremism Seeped into Rural Australia

Extremism has reached rural Australia which prompts a fresh look at the three drivers: ideology, economics, and politics, says Hussain Nadim.

2017/02/18 | Sarah Talaat , Ye Yuan and Liang Lianfen

Migrant Food-Delivery Workers Struggle to Belong in Beijing

Changes to Beijing’s household registration system aim for greater inclusiveness, but some service-industry workers remain vulnerable.

2017/01/19 | The Japan Times

Global Charity Oxfam New Report Alarms Wealth Concentration

Oxfam reckons that eight individuals — Bill Gates, Amancio Ortega (founder of Inditex, a fashion group), Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison and Michael Bloomberg — own the same amount of wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity.

2016/10/02 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Land Prices Reveal Japan's Growing Divide

A gap is growing in land prices between the four major regional cities of Sapporo, Sendai, Hiroshima and Fukuoka, and the rest of the regional economies.