Singapore’s next PM, transgender debate in Japan, luxury travel in Nepal: 5 weekend reads you may have missed

Singapore’s next PM, transgender debate in Japan, luxury travel in Nepal: 5 weekend reads you may have missed

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1. Who is Singapore’s Lawrence Wong? From political underdog to next PM

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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will step down in May 2024 and his deputy Lawrence Wong (pictured) will take over, the second non-member of the Lee family to lead the wealthy nation. Photo: AFP

2. US book on transgender surgery for young people stirs debate, threats in Japan

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The cover of the Japanese edition of Abigail Shrier’s book, “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters”, published by Sankei Shimbun Publishing. Photo: X/vocgensan

3. All they want is to go back to Pakistan. But Indian-run Kashmir won’t let them

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Women and their children protest in Srinagar, India-administered Kashmir, demanding travel documents so they can return to Pakistan. Photo: Umer Asif

4. Nepal was once renowned for its high-end tourism. Now, it wants its crown back

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Shinta Mani Mustang, a new luxury resort in Mustang, Nepal, designed by American architect Bill Bensley. Photo: Sherpa Hospitality Group

5. Hidden messages in Chinese names of Britain’s Chinese restaurants

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The sign for the Michelin Guide-recommended Chinese restaurant Dim Sum Duck in London, UK. Its Chinese name – “dim dou duk” in Cantonese – tickled the author’s pun-loving sensibilities. Photo: Jenny Lau
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