Marketed by the White House as America's first 'Asian' president, Barack Obama spent several years growing up in Indonesia. But as Ben Bland discovers, not all Jakartans are enamoured with the metre-tall incarnation of 'Barry' erected in a park last week.
They embraced the religion of their invaders to escape the caste system that had condemned them to a miserable existence. But Karlos Zurutuza reports on how, centuries later, Christians in the Taliban stronghold of Quetta are once again becoming 'untouchables.'
Two months after docking in Indonesia, a boat full of Sri Lankan refugees still don't know if they will be allowed to reach their intended destination of Australia. Susan Merrell looks at how the debate has unfolded in Australia and visits a New South Wales town with direct experience of the issue.
Dubbed the 'Dreamhub', Seoul's massive international business district project is meant to be the jewel in the crown of the city's redevelopment efforts. But as Ben Hancock reports, the plan's grandeur belies a deep conflict over the future of the city and its residents.
As Singapore emerges from its sharpest and most protracted recession, the city-state's policymakers have been keen to emphasize the importance of immigrants to the country's future well-being. But as Jeya Segaram discovers, the downturn has exacerbated simmering tensions over an immigration policy that some Singaporeans believe is too lax.
Just weeks after Timor-Leste voted for independence, the town of Suai was visited by a gang of pro-Indonesian rule militiamen who slaughtered dozens of unarmed citizens hiding in a church. Steve Holland meets Manuel dos Santos who, 10 years later, is still waiting for justice--and for his abducted daughter to come home.
After years of political unrest, the Solomon Islands is now reinventing itself as the ultimate destination for adventure-seekers. Dominic Rolfe explains why travellers who want that extra degree of independence on their holidays should head there