cultural radar

Jul 3, 2020

Explorers under lockdown

If millennials can no longer use experiences as a way to play the role of the explorer, then what will they do instead?

Jun 3, 2020

Convenience stores: From corner store to cornerstone

Convenience stores are taking on new roles through innovation and experimentation in space management and retail strategy, which translates to emerging opportunities for FMCG and F&B brands.

May 15, 2020

Down the COVID hole: Inspired by Alice In Wonderland

What can a famous book from 1865 tell us about our COVID-ravaged world today? A whole lot, according to a social anthropologist and semiotician.

Aug 26, 2019

From Javanese princesses to Rihanna: The rise of the strong dark woman

Though white skin has been seen as a beauty 'ideal' for 50 years, Indonesia's fashion and beauty industries are now employing more ‘indigenous' models, and darker-skinned celebrities are genuine beauty symbols.

Jul 19, 2019

How rural Indonesians use technology, and the lessons for brands

CULTURAL RADAR: Brands need to pay attention to how Indonesia's villages are using technology and give them a voice in solutions made for them.

May 27, 2019

Is streetwear a tool of self expression in China?

Born in Californian surf and skate culture, streetwear has become a form of self-expression and a subtle political statement in China.