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Travel Pho­to­graph 2. Scenic | Win­ner AG No.33 Is­sue 6/2005 Photo: Lester V. Ledesma

2016 SEPTEM­BER 17th An­niver­sary Is­sue ASIAN Ge­o­graphic spe­cialises in bring­ing com­pelling sto­ries, ground­break­ing re­search fea­tures and ex­cit­ing news up­dates about Asia to read­ers across the re­gion. The largest and most pop­u­lous con­ti­nent, Asia boasts 4.4 bil­lion in­hab­i­tants, ac­count­ing for 60 per­cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion. The world’s two most pop­u­lated coun­tries, China and In­dia, to­gether con­sti­tute about 37 per­cent of the world’s peo­ple. It is un­sur­pris­ing, there­fore, that our cov­er­age has demon­strated that there is a never-end­ing re­serve of fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries be­hind Asian cul­ture, so­ci­ety, his­tory and sci­ence.

When it comes to the spo­ken and writ­ten word, Asia is also blessed with an as­ton­ish­ing diver­sity of lan­guages and di­alects. We cel­e­brate our 17th an­niver­sary by hon­our­ing this lin­guis­tic diver­sity with the theme Lan­guages of Asia. In this is­sue, we ex­am­ine cur­rent lan­guages, en­dan­gered di­alects, and those that we have lost for good.

Fur­ther ahead, we are look­ing for­ward to pre­sent­ing an ex­hil­a­rat­ing list of Ex­pe­di­tions in Asia, the unique Images of Asia photo com­pe­ti­tion, and ex­cit­ing pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops lead by some of the world’s most prom­i­nent pho­tog­ra­phers. We will also launch a new web­page to show­case the best of Asia!

ASIAN Ge­o­graphic pub­lished its very first is­sue in Septem­ber 1999. It owes a large part of its suc­cess to a tal­ented and re­source­ful pool of writ­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, re­searchers, de­sign­ers and ed­i­tors. Af­ter nearly two decades on our jour­ney to­gether, I’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank ev­ery­one who has sup­ported ASIAN Ge­o­graphic and whose in­volve­ment has been so valu­able. JOHN THET Pub­lisher / Editorial Di­rec­tor Founder, Asian Ge­o­graphic So­ci­ety

STU­DENT CAT­E­GORY APRIL 9, 2017, 10AM The an­nual school chal­lenge that sets out to test all stu­dents (age 12–18) across the is­land on their knowl­edge about Asia. In the past, sub­jects have in­cluded gen­eral knowl­edge, cul­ture, his­tory and ge­og­ra­phy. In 2017, to tie up with Asia’s largest dive show ADEX, the ques­tions will be all things re­lated to cli­mate change.

( AGE12– 18)

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Field Ed­i­tors Yd Bar-ness • Aus­tralia, Jim Neale • Philip­pines, Oleg Zart­di­nov • Rus­sia con­trib­u­tors Zigor AL­DAMA, Shirin BAN­DARI, Gun­ther DEICHMANN, So­phie IBBOTSON, Oliver JARVIS, Alex CAMP­BELL

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