China 

An India-China trade war? Modi fans the flames of boycott calls

Indian traders calling for a boycott of China-made products have been encouraged by an interview in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the matter is for the public to decide.“As far as public sentiment on Chinese goods is concerned, we should leave it to their sooj-bhooj [wisdom]. We, including the media, should guide the public,” Modi told Network18 last week, in comments that have played into the hands of the influential Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), which has 70 million… Source link

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Ecommerce 

How China’s online opinion leaders – or KOLs – convert fans to sales, creating a nearly US$9 billion industry

The Kardashians may have been able to create a US entertainment phenomenon by revealing their luxurious lifestyle through a long running reality TV series, but Chinese key opinion leaders (KOLs) have been able to convert fans and generate sales on a level their western peers can only dream of.While western influencers are mostly video bloggers on Instagram or YouTube, Chinese KOLs can be columnists, socialites, photobloggers, or short video creators – and they have multiple channels through… Source link

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Singapore 

Fans wait it out for In-N-Out burgers at its pop-up in Upper Thomson, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – It is not exactly in and out, as fans of famous American burger chain In-N-Out waited patiently on Wednesday (March 6) for a taste of their offerings. About 150 people were seen lining up at Columbus Cafe in Upper Thomson at around noon on Wednesday, at a pop-up of In-N-Out Burger hosted by the cafe. The first customer arrived at 6.30am. At 7.30am, the pop-up started giving out wristbands and 320 of these were taken within half an hour. The wristband allows each person to buy one burger…

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Home 

China’s virtual idols meet their fans at the intersection of entertainment and technology

Top Chinese pianist Lang Lang accompanied 15-year old singer Luo Tianyi in a performance for thousands of screaming fans at Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz arena last Saturday.Luo, with grey pigtails and green eyes, has over three million fans on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, and tickets to the concert cost as much as 1,580 yuan (US$235).Only thing is, Luo is not real. She is a virtual idol who shared the staged with Lang, marking the first concert between a holographic singer and real-life… Source link

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Singapore 

Coffee, tea or him? – Why K-pop fans in Singapore are flocking to cafes, Singapore, Entertainment News

With K-pop royalty BTS and Blackpink holding concerts in Singapore this year, it seems like the K-pop craze is far from over. And local fans are finding every opportunity to throw a party to celebrate occasions such as BTS getting invited to the Grammy’s. Just last year, fans from around the island organised a party in a cafe to celebrate the boy band’s anniversary. the queue for Coffeesmith… 🙃🙃 pic.twitter.com/LvwmirOgS0 — Rachel 레이첼 [slow 🐌] (@_macchamilktea) June 13, 2018 Looking at the queue, you’d think that the BTS boys would be showing up anytime. The catch? The…

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Singapore 

Fake BTS tickets: Fans scammed at concert here, Singapore News

The young BTS fan beamed with anticipation and was clearly excited as her turn came to enter the Singapore National Stadium after a long queue. But it was not to be. Clutching her ticket for the South Korean boyband’s much-awaited Jan 19 concert, the girl, who looked to be of primary school age, burst into tears when staff told her she could not enter the venue. The reason: The ticket she had bought was a fake. She was not alone. Just five minutes later, a woman in the same queue…

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Singapore 

Farewell, Aloysius: Fans, friends queue to pay last respects at public memorial , Singapore News

Fans, friends, and members of the public have begun streaming in to the wake of late actor Aloysius Pang held at 82A MacPherson Lane. The memorial will be held till noon tomorrow (Jan 26). National Development Minister Lawrence Wong and MP Tin Pei Ling were among those who paid their respects, along with actor Chen Hanwei. Actress Jayley Woo was also seen at the wake.  Actress Jayley Woo arriving at the wake. Photo: The Straits Times The grieving actress had admitted to being in a relationship with the 28-year-old actor following his…

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Singapore 

Fans of K-pop boyband BTS Go Go for merchandise, Singapore, Entertainment News

SINGAPORE – While many may associate fans of K-pop boyband BTS with adoring teenage girls, there are some admirers of the group who buck tradition. Nestled in the sea of teenagers who congregated outside the National Stadium hours before the band’s concert on Saturday (Jan 19) was 64-year-old Lilet Rodriguez. Mrs Rodriguez, who did not reveal her nationality, was in line to buy merchandise with her 30-year-old niece who works here as a domestic worker. Mrs Rodriguez, who spent $404 on two tickets, first fell in love with the group’s…

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Singapore 

Fans of Sanrio’s My Melody in a frenzy as McDonald’s launches limited-edition food holder, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Fans of Sanrio’s My Melody waited in line at McDonald’s outlets islandwide from the wee hours of Thursday (Dec 6) for a chance to snag a limited-edition food holder featuring the adorable bunny. Photos posted by social media users on Thursday show snaking queues at outlets in Seletar Mall, Waterway Point in Punggol, Bukit Batok, Hougang and Bendemeer, among others. In response to queries, a McDonald’s spokesman said that the holders were sold out across Singapore by 11.30am. Early birds were able to buy the holder at $6.90…

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Singapore 

Harry Potter casts a spell on fans at Changi Airport’s Wizarding World Holiday launch, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Eight-year-old Euwan Lorena stared intently at the many shelves of Harry Potter merchandise in Changi Airport Terminal 3 on Friday (Nov 16), unable to decide what he wanted. Dressed in Gryffindor school robes from the popular book and movie series, the Primary 2 pupil finally decided on a stationery set with a Harry Potter-themed A4-sized notebook and pencils. “He really loves Harry Potter,” said the superfan’s mother, recruitment consultant Athlea Lorena, 43, noting that Euwan has watched all the Potter movies. “He had a Harry Potter-themed birthday party…

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