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Deciphering Asia

20 x 48 HD
Broadcaster:  CNA

In this fascinating series, five award-winning journalists travel through their respective homelands to uncover the truth about their national identity. From food and religion to politics and work, this series takes us behind the skin of five powerhouse Asian nations to decipher their complex realities.


We begin in South Korea where we examine the roots of Korean culture that - from K-Pop to Squid Game and Parasite - has taken the wider world by storm. The series then travels to Japan where Yumi Araki explores themes ranging from the shifting gender roles in a traditional, patriarchal society to the renowned Japanese work ethic and the impending demographic crisis. Next, we head to the Philippines with Atom Araullo who visits all corners of the archipelago to get to grips with its volatile politics, gun-toting priests, vigilante violence and beauty pageant obsession. In Indonesia, Cheryl Marella probes Indonesian identity from various angles. From the age-old - but still regular - impact of living in a geological 'ring of fire' to the rapid digitisation of its exponentially growing economy, Indonesia shows itself to be a nation in permanent flux. Finally, we proceed to India where Anjan Sundaram is determined to discover the truth about his homeland amidst a backdrop of simmering tensions over religion, caste, identity, and even food.


This award-winning series digs deep on its mission to decipher these diverse, culturally rich and ever-changing Asian nations.


Winner: Gold Medal, Documentary at the World Media Festival Awards

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