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As Vietnam’s women go abroad, dads tend the home

In this photo taken April 17, 2014, Pham Duc Viet works in his carpentry shop in Vu Hoi, Vietnam. Nine years ago, when Viet's wife moved to Taiwan to work as a maid, he took over her household chores and childcare responsibilities. Now his double duty is second nature. "There are lots of other guys around here who do the same thing," he said, adding that his wife plans to return home for good this year. AP

When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid — earning far more than she could in the rice paddies of this northern Vietnamese hamlet — Pham Duc Viet took over the household chores and raised their two children on top of his regular work as a farmer and carpenter.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Singapore population growth hits 9-year low after foreigner curbs

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Singapore’s population recorded its slowest pace of growth in nine years in the 12 months to June owing to “tightened foreign manpower policies,” government statistics released Thursday showed.

Posted: September 26th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipino gays more concerned about discrimination

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Filipino gay groups say they have to overcome discrimination first before gunning for same-sex marriage legislation in the face of stern Church opposition that, according to a retired bishop, “God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Adam, nor Eve and Eve.”

Posted: June 27th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Brunei job trade-off: No night life


They pay much, much less for gas, and get subsidies from the government. But they don’t have a night life.

Posted: April 29th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Headlines | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

Gago over Lady Gaga


I don’t go gaga over Lady Gaga. I never have. But while there are plenty who do, including many Filipino fans, there are also those who seem to be gago over Gaga. The guardians of public morality and decency in the noble and ever-loyal city of Manila are to be commended for their constant vigilance lest the all-too-earthly (though hardly sublime) pleasures of a Gaga performance distract them and their faithful from the transcendent aim of being accepted to eternity’s pearly gates.

Posted: May 27th, 2012 in Blogs | Read More »