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A weekly current affairs documentary programme that focuses on Asia, its diverse cultures, and conflicting politics.

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A weekly current affairs documentary programme that focuses on Asia, its diverse cultures, and conflicting politics.

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    The Suburban Dream | 101 East

    The Suburban Dream | 101 East

    As Australia’s population has grown, cities have fanned out in an ever-growing sprawl of new neighbourhoods. The dream of owning a quarter-acre block is etched in the national psyche.

    But in many low socioeconomic suburbs, community bonds are missing or frayed. In Armadale, on the outskirts of Perth, unemployment and social despair are rising. But a band of local heroes is trying to turn the fortunes of this community around.

    101 East explores how modern Australia can achieve the suburban dream.

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    • 26 min
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    Mongolia: From the Steppe to the Slum | 101 East

    Mongolia: From the Steppe to the Slum | 101 East

    Weather conditions on Mongolia’s steppes are notoriously extreme, with temperatures ranging from minus 40 degrees Celsius in the northern hemisphere winter to 35 degrees Celsius in summer.

    But climate change is bringing on more severe weather patterns and with average temperatures rising at three times the global rate, the soil is becoming less fertile, leading to significant livestock death events known as “dzuds”.

    Experts predict a new dzud could affect 60 percent of the country. This is an existential threat to Mongolia’s traditional nomadic herders.

    101 East meets the families fighting to survive on the steppes and those who have been forced to abandon the nomadic life.

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    • 24 min
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    Singapore's Street Food: Surviving COVID-19 | 101 East

    Singapore's Street Food: Surviving COVID-19 | 101 East

    Singapore’s street food is a vital part of the country’s cultural heritage and identity.

    But as COVID-19 hits hard, hawkers face a stark choice - innovate or admit defeat.

    Ageing vendors are grappling with new digital ways of working, while younger ones struggle to attract customers amid Singapore’s worst-ever recession.

    As deliveries soar during the pandemic, two entrepreneurs are stepping up to help older hawkers boost sales. Meanwhile, a chef is bringing hawker food into homes by creating a simplified version of a beloved dish, but at a steep price.

    101 East investigates how the pandemic is changing Singapore’s hawker culture.

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    • 26 min
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    China's Activist Artist | 101 East

    China's Activist Artist | 101 East

    From dirty water to air pollution and the rights of migrant workers - the artist known as “Nut Brother” is not afraid to tackle some of the most sensitive issues facing Chinese society.

    His art performances and installations shine a spotlight on issues that others would often prefer to keep in the shadows.

    But speaking out comes at a cost - he is under pressure from both his family and the authorities to abandon his art activism.

    101 East follows Nut Brother as he struggles to decide if he will continue to pursue his life’s work or whether the sacrifice is too great.

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    • 26 min
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    South Korea's Spycams Exposed | 101 East

    South Korea's Spycams Exposed | 101 East

    They have been found everywhere - in bathrooms, subways, hotels, even schools.

    Thousands of tiny cameras hidden across South Korea secretly record people’s most private moments, with the footage distributed online.

    Arrests for “molka”, the Korean word for hidden camera, have soared in the last decade, with perpetrators coming from all corners of society - from a television anchor and a K-pop star to doctors.

    Even teachers have confessed to hiding cameras in school bathrooms, filming children and colleagues.

    101 East investigates how one of the most connected countries in the world is waging war against digital sex crimes.

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    • 26 min
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    Justice for Thailand's Disappeared | 101 East

    Justice for Thailand's Disappeared | 101 East

    Since 1980, the United Nations has recorded 82 cases of forced disappearances in Thailand. Some people have been found dead, others are never found at all.

    Fear of government retaliation means families of the disappeared are often left to fight their cases alone.

    But when the beloved Thai human rights activist Wanchalerm Satsaksit was abducted in Cambodia in June, the public did not stay quiet.

    His disappearance has sparked fresh calls for justice, not only for Wanchalerm but also for those who went missing before him.

    101 East investigates Thailand’s missing dissidents and their families’ journeys to find their loved ones.

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    • 25 min

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