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Editor’s Letter

Dragons, Hydra 

and the 21st Century

HEMAN CHONG, Foreign Affairs #35, 2018, UV print on unprimed canvas, 200 x 130 x 5 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Back in 1993, when ArtAsiaPacific published its first print edition, the Internet had just broken out of its shell as the World Wide Web and was still a duckling learning to swim in the waters of global communication. Today, the Internet and its denizens, its billions of social-media users, resemble—excuse the mixed metaphor—a giant, cyborg squid with writhing tentacles and a predilection for dispensing fake news, encouraging abuse…

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