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.

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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.

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.

Solidaritas
Kate Walton‘s (almost) fortnightly newsletter on gender, women, and feminism in Asia. Comes out of Jakarta.

Borderless
Written by Taipei-based consultant Jonathan Brown. A weekly digest of regional news and business strategies serving a community of executives and entrepreneurs in 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.

The Moonlight Clan
Jakarta-born Nadine Freischlad‘s weekly roundup of the tech industry and the digital-led transformation of Indonesian society.

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.

We, The Citizens
Kirsten Han‘s weekly news from little Singapore. Beautiful in its simplicity.

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 Frontier journo Victoria Milko. Recommended.

Vietnam Weekly
A personal project by Mike Tatarski, the editorial head at Saigoneer in Ho Chi Minh City. Covers the latest politics and social changes in Vietnam.

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

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From this week

Platforms

Facebook’s paralysis and negligence in tackling hate speech keep coming up in conversations.

Reuters — which has two of its journalists in prison in Myanmar for reporting on the country’s genocide — put out a special report on Facebook’s hate speech problem in the country. Facebook doesn’t have an employee in this country. Speech moderation is outsourced to Accenture in Kuala Lumpur in a secretive project called “Honey Badger”. But it’s not clear how many Burmese speakers are on the job. People working on the project sign a one-year renewable contract, and agree to never divulge that Facebook is the client. This is what Reuters found out about the project.
Reuters

Facebook’s head of news partnerships Campbell Brown made some off-the-record comments to Australian media executives about traffic referrals that stirred the hornet’s nest.

The Australian, breaking professional protocol in publishing details of that session, quoted her as allegedly saying, “We are not interested in talking to you about your traffic and referrals any more. That is the old world and there is no going back”. Of course, this isn’t new to many publishers who’ve seen their referrals dwindle in the past year. But it’s another reminder to everyone: Facebook is in the business of Facebook. If you’re in publishing and you’re still counting on Facebook’s referral traffic to keep your traffic numbers up, you’re delusional.
Nieman Lab

Transformations

Design

How do you redesign The Wall Street Journal’s 126 newsletters?

1. You cull them by a third. 2. You nudge your readers to subscribe with a prompt. 3. You update market info — in real time. 4. You let people hit reply. People like that whole responding thing. 5. Test readers’ resistance to your paywall. 6. You test a new email platform that plays to your strengths. 7. You add whimsy. At the end of it all, a newsletter is a conversation, and it takes more than machine learning to keep that going. All aboard for whimsy, I say.
Nieman Lab

The product design process can be notoriously difficult.

This is mostly because it’s often seen as an artistic moment of genius broken down into deliverables to a client waiting for results in a process with unstructured feedback. This is also known as herding cats. But we tend to forget that most effective product design works to fix a business problem in a collaborative manner that establishes goals, relies on prototyping, user feedback, and testing. How this product designer explores and tests his own journey is a lesson in process and how we work with it.
UX Design

Notables

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