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PROUD of your Asian heritage? So are we!

It’s been inspiring to read the outpour of support for Asian representation in Western pop culture ...  (more below)

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B2B E-Commerce making strides in Asia Pacific

A recent marketing survey across the Asia Pacific region reported that companies have taken it upon themselves to accelerate technology, expertise and manpower ... (more below)

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Go.Asia x for Japan & Indonesia Earthquakes relief efforts

In response to these natural disasters, Go.Asia joined hands with Singapore-based crowdfunding ... (more below)

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PROUD of your Asian heritage?
So are we!

It’s been inspiring to read the outpour of support for Asian representation in Western pop culture since the Crazy Rich Asians movie’s blockbuster success this August. Dubbed as #AsianAugust, the summer of 2018 has seen more Asian actors celebrated in Western media than ever before. From the big screen to small screen, from movies such as ‘Searching’ starring John Cho; to Netflix’s ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ starring Asian teenager Lana Condor; to Canada’s ‘Kim’s convenient store’; Asian actors dominated conversations regarding diversity and representation in the West.

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One project that has particularly caught our attention is the PROUD short film written, produced and directed by Jackie Dallas, an Asian American actress. You may have seen Jackie take on roles in series such as Stranger Things and Criminal Minds, among others. Born in Syracuse, New York, to a South Korean family, Jackie is as beautiful as she is gifted. She was awarded a full scholarship for college and even went on to attend medical school, but in the end she could not shake her passion for acting.

We’ve gotten to know the PROUD short film through Twitter and the project’s Seed & Spark Funding page. PROUD has raised over US$9,000 and has garnered over 1,800 followers on Twitter in just a few short months. Here is a brief intro to the film in Jackie’s own words:

"My latest film is a reflection of my experiences growing up as the only Asian American girl in a small town in the US… These scenes are inspired by real life events. I grew up in the 90s in a small beach town in Florida with a population of less than 15,000 people. Despite being born in the US, my cultural identity was constantly questioned..."

She shares her reason for making this film:

"Seeing Asian Americans on film is such a powerful emotion for me, because growing up in my small town, I didn’t have representation in my LIFE… While the racial struggles of many minorities are often highlighted by textbooks and the media, the Asian American experience is often left untold and unknown."

Jackie’s story is a familiar one to many members of the Asian diaspora. As first and second-generation immigrants, we see ourselves in PROUD, and recognize first hand the importance of diversity and representation of Asian American narratives in Western media. We are very excited and thankful to have an opportunity to contribute to Jackie’s project.

Like Jackie, the .Asia team has been helping the global Asian community tell their story for over a decade. Each .Asia domain has its own story and we feel privileged to help make those stories possible in a small way. We wish Jackie and her team all the success! Check out the PROUD short film pitch video below and don’t forget to connect with them on Twitter (@proudshortfilm) and Facebook ( to show your support!

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News in Asia

World Bank publishes Human Capital Index, echoing YMI findings.
Nepal well on track to achieve TX2 tiger conservation goal.
Trade war uncertainty may be an opportunity for South East Asia.
A French group of bilingual schools is expanding in Asia with 3 branches in Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand.
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Tiger Frame
Nepal - The first country to double tigers!

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I am so proud to see my birthplace has become the first country to achieve WWF’s Tx2 goal – to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 – the next Chinese year of the tiger.  The wild tiger population has jumped from 121 in 2009 to 235 in Nepal as of September 2018.

In addition to the encouraging news of me getting more tiger friends, I am also very glad that the Nepali government has set aside $18 million USD last year to fund connectivity projects in 18 regions of the country including remote villages in Northern Himalaya where I was born.

#Tx2 #doubletigers #roarforward #InternetAccess #SDGs

- Ajitora

B2B E-Commerce making strides in Asia Pacific

For B2B companies in Asia Pacific, there has never been a better time to expand into E-Commerce. Econsultancy recently surveyed 500 marketers across the Asia Pacific region. Their resulting report notes that companies have taken it upon themselves to accelerate technology, expertise and manpower in order to grab a part of the B2B E-Commerce pie, estimated to be worth US$6.7 trillion by 2020.

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Looking deeper into their findings, we witness companies across ASEAN, India and Australasia developing more thorough enterprise/ecommerce integration. Their email, customer service and CRM systems have matured, with more intending to speed this up in coming years. Also, in terms of functionality, we see more businesses in Asia Pacific fully utilising their content management system, merchandising and back-office integration. As for the greatest challenges facing their E-Commerce integration, companies mentioned it was the complexity of the business and a lack of strategy which would deter them from adopting an E-Commerce integration.

With the value of B2B E-Commerce skyrocketing, so is the demand to be online and visible with a memorable website and domain name. Internet user penetration in Asia has gone up from 35.1% in 2014 to reach an projected 48.8% of the population according to Statista. No matter how complex the business model, a website is the starting point for any company to start selling their services online. As more small businesses look for opportunities to expand their business, demand for third party B2B services becomes more pronounced.

Here at .Asia, we are seeing some excellent B2B E-Commerce usage using .Asia domain names. Commerce.Asia is one such company. They are a South East Asian ecosystem builder that assists SMEs, Brands & Micro-entrepreneurs to sell online by providing them with end-to-end omnichannel commerce solutions. Canlaw.Asia aims to be a leading legal technology consultancy in Southeast Asia to help accelerate technology adoption among law firms, corporations, SMEs and individuals. We expect to see the market for B2B business expand with the power of the web.

NetMission Ambassadors 2019 Recruitment Now Open!

We are excited to announce that NetMission is extending to the entire Asia Pacific region this year!

Building on our past years of success and growing network of alumni as well as enhanced collaboration with our regional partners, we have decided to reach beyond Hong Kong by recruiting and nurturing NetMission Ambassadors throughout the Asia Pacific region. We hope to spread the seeds of Internet Governance across Asian communities so as to expand our impact and co-create a better Internet. The NetMission Academy will be conducted online where selected participants will have interactive and thought-provoking discussions with industry veterans. Upon completing the Academy, participants will become NetMission Ambassadors and uphold the mission to advocate youth engagement on Internet governance discourse and participate in the global multi-stakeholder Internet policy dialogue. NetMission Ambassadors will also create their own youth-led initiatives collaboratively with our support.

We are looking for young visionaries who want to make a change for the betterment of the Internet and our community. Full-time students currently enrolled in any tertiary institutions within Asia Pacific of all disciplines are welcome.

Visit for more information of the 2019 Program.

Do not hesitate anymore. Tell your friends and apply now.

Application Deadline: 16 November 2018

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Go.Asia echoes the disaster relief campaigns with for Japan & Indonesia Earthquakes

The devastating earthquakes that hit Japan & Indonesia on September 6th and 28th respectively, have caused thousands casualties in Hokkaido(JP), Sulawesi & Palu(ID). In response to these natural disasters, Go.Asia joined hands with Singapore-based crowdfunding platform, and Japan-based crowdfunding platform “CampFire” to take immediate action by launching crowd fundraising campaigns in collaboration with Peace Winds Japan(PWJ) and the Singapore Red Cross to provide emergency relief support for local rescue teams.

Money raised directly aided Peace Winds Japan in their relief efforts for those affected by the Hokkaido earthquake. PWJ dispatched a rescue team of 20 members, three disaster rescue dogs and a helicopter to help the immediate rescue. As for Indonesia earthquakes and tsunami, donations will be used by the Singapore Red Cross for the purchase of relief items, including first aid supplies, hygiene kits, necessities like mosquito nets, blankets and sleeping mats for displaced survivors as well as the longer-term recovery and rebuilding efforts. Please join us and show your care and love towards our Asian communities in need!

Support fundraising relief campaign for the Hokkaido Earthquake in Japan:

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Go.Asia and volunteers join hands for 'Kids Health May'

Food Revolution in Asia echoing Jamie Oliver's worldwide AdEnough campaign

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