Author Archives: Kianglek Tan

About Kianglek Tan

Kianglek is a serial entrepreneur firmly committed to the free flow of quality content and service. He frequently writes about culture, technology and entrepreneurship, fields of his passion. He holds a bachelor's degree in Food Technology and Bioprocessing. He currently resides in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Reach out to him at kianglektan@gmail.com.

Nusantenggara’s Fragile Peatlands

For something which takes thousands of years to form and develop, Southeast Asia’s peatlands quality as monument of natural heritage itself.  Yet, this fragile stretch of wetland across much of the Malay Peninsula, Borneo and Sumatra is fast disappearing by … Continue reading

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Russo-Siamese Relations Fin de Siècle

Relations between Thailand and Russia go way back, to the time when one was the Kingdom of Siam, and the other, the Russian Empire.  Most were chronicled in the primary records from the Thailand National Archives, serving as testament of … Continue reading

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Mongol Imprint on Southeast Asia

The largest empire in modern history, the Mongol empire, progressed through much of the 13th century, covering vast territories across Eastern Europe and Asia; the bulk of the known world at that time.  Emerging across a series of conquests and … Continue reading

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Vietnamese Pre-Colonial Chinese Nostalgia

One of the lasting legacies the Chinese left on modern Vietnamese culture is Chữ Nôm.  Otherwise forgotten in today’s romanised Vietnamese, Chữ Nôm survives particularly well in certain artistic and cultural revival circles.  Though defunct in everyday Vietnamese life since … Continue reading

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The Burmese Face of France’s Oriental Romance

Beginning the 18th century, France, flexing through the Compagnie des Indes Orientales, had begun to venture into Southeast Asian affairs.  Burma, abundant in teak and crude oil, seemed irresistible to the then Governor-General of French India, Joseph François Dupleix.  As … Continue reading

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