The Splice Guide to some of Asia’s most useful newsletters

Ignore the boring work emails. There's great content just waiting to hit your inboxes.

By Alan Soon
Splice Singapore

This is just the beginning of a list. But this is a good start if you’re looking for Asia-based newsletters. 

We’ll keep this updated. At some point, we’ll get around to putting this into a sortable Airtable. But for now, this will have to do.

Tell us what’s missing here or if any the links don’t work. But tell us if this is useful.
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REGIONAL

Dari Mulut Ke Mulut by Erin Cook
Our favorite weekly wrap of Southeast Asia by Australian journo Erin Cook. Covers politics and society. Recommended. Jakarta-based.

Coconuts
Funky stories out of Asia, like Prayuth’s latest poem. Based all around Asia.

Aseophile
Kevin McSpadden’s weekly wrap of stories in East and Southeast Asia.

Asian Scientist
Covers science, tech and medical news across Asia.

MEDIA

10000Hacks
There aren’t that many media newsletters in the region, so this is a nice discovery out of Bangalore. This is written by Jayadevan PK, the product head at FactorDaily. It goes to journalists, decision-makers and product people.

CHINA

Magpie Kingdom
A fascinating look at contemporary youth China. Hip hop, marriage, male idols, video. A favorite.

The SupChina Newsletter
Business, political and cultural news about China.

Sixth Tone
Reports on issues and events across China. Part of Shanghai United Media Group.

Sinocism
Bill Bishop’s daily updates, $15-a-month subscription. New Yorker calls it “the presidential daily brief for China hands.”

TECH

Asia Tech Review by Jon Russell
Jon writes for TechCrunch. This weekly newsletter wraps up the week in Asian tech.

The Daily Briefing by TechNode
Beijing-based, covers the Chinese tech and startup space. Asia’s TechCrunch.

Analyse Asia Weekly Review by Bernard Leong
Bernard’s weekly newsletter on tech and investments in Asia. Singapore-based.

Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Taipei-based, known for its deep insights into the tech space. Subscription based. Indispensable reading for many in the tech startup space.

TechInAsia
Daily briefings on the Asian tech space. Singapore-based.

e27
Covers Asia’s tech startup ecosystem. Singapore-based.

Newley’s Notes by Newley Purnell
WSJ reporter Newley Purnell’s writings on tech and startups. Delhi-based.

If you like this list, you should see our guide to Asia-based podcasts.

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BUSINESS

Forward Guidance Asia Edition by Bloomberg
The latest on what’s moving markets across Asia, sent every morning. Via Hong Kong.

The Daily Brief by DealStreetAsia
Tracks investment deals — PE, VC and M&A — across ASEAN and India.

Bluenotes
A newsletter from ANZ offering insights, opinion and research on the region’s economy and financial services.

MARKETING

Mumbrella Asia
Covers marketing and advertising. Singapore-based, edited daily by Eleanor Dickinson.

Daily Briefing Asia Pacific by The Drum
A daily roundup of stuff happening in marketing and advertising. Edited out of Singapore by Charlotte McEleny.

NOTABLES

Fosfr by Santosh Nair
An eclectic mix of intellectually fascinating stories on entrepreneurship, creativity, science, technology. Aims to be “The Economist” of newsletters. Twice a week. Recommended. Singapore-based.

Squiz Today
A fun weekday news email targeted at “time-poor, information-hungry girlfriends.” Sydney-based.

WWWarisan: Heritage Sites
Soon-Tzu Speechley’s newsletter on conservation, heritage and architecture in Asia.

ArtsEquator
Covers the art and culture scene in Southeast Asia. Singapore-based not-for-profit.

Remo Daily
A daily newsletter out of Ulaanbaatar, covering general news. In Mongolian.

Frontier Myanmar
Reports on news and issues in Myanmar.

Weekly Burma Newsletter People
Another one on Myanmar, written by journo Victoria Milko. Recommended.

Eco-Business
Targeted at the sustainable business community in Asia. Singapore-based.

Our Better World
Funded by the Singapore International Foundation, which aims to bring together communities to do good.

Alan Soon

Co-Founder, CEO of The Splice Newsroom. Covering the business of media transformation in Asia. Follow Alan Soon on Twitter.

From this week

Platforms

Instagram launched IGTV, a long-form video app.

The idea isn’t to go after Snapchat (now that they’ve copied practically everything) — it’s YouTube they’re after. It’s directed at video creators, offering them up to 1-hour video clips (versus a mere 1-minute on Instagram). They’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to design this app for mobile audiences. It’s vertical, full-screen, and autoplaying. A vertical YouTube, perhaps. I have to say the UX is fresh and enlightening. What will it take for newsrooms to jump onboard?
TechCrunch

Governments & policy

Tools

Microsoft rebranded its MSN news apps to simply Microsoft News.

If you’ve never tried it, News boasts an aggregated base of 1,000 “premium publishers” and 800 human editors who pick and feature stories. I re-installed the app today, just to see what’s different from the old MSN app. Quick rant: I don’t know why news app publishers are still asking people to self-declare their interest in topics. Isn’t it clear by now that people don’t necessarily know what they want to read in news? We don’t think in terms of categories — tech, sports, money. If it’s interesting, we’ll read it, right? Sectioning was invented by newspapers to address very specific reader and advertiser behaviors in print. They don’t apply to digital.
The Verge

Trends

Transformations

Media startups

Singapore-based New Naratif released their financial statement, in a show of transparency rarely seen in these circles.

The team is appealing the Singapore government’s rejection of its business application (on grounds that NN is “contrary to national security”) so they’re hoping this will shed more light on their operations. I love reading financial statements of media startups — always a treat. It’s also always staggering to see how much money gets spent on PayPal fees (a problem we face as well).
New Naratif

Design

The Apple Watch now has a responsive browser.

One of the reasons this is a big deal is because Ethan Marcotte is excited about it. I’ll take his word for it — he’s the revoltingly talented web designer who started the whole ‘responsive web design’ thing. He says “the Watch’s WebKit browser looks pretty darned good, as it turns out.” It still doesn’t support web fonts or video embeds, but that will probably come soon. Wrist-first design, people: you heard it here first. (Thank you, Shuwei.)
Ethan Marcotte

Safety

Notables