This story appears in the October 2017 issue of Forbes Asia. SubscribeIn the midtown Manhattan studio of Malaysian designer Zang Toi, a room with a crystal chandelier, white orchids and evening gowns that start at $13,000, is a small black-and-white photograph in a silver frame. It is of a young Toi and his brother leaning out an upstairs window, wooden shutters flung open, holding strings of firecrackers above a grocery store.
Malaysia’s Merdeka generation was focused on building a new nation. Paving roads, constructing schools and hospitals. Fighting communists. Rolling out five-year plans. Managing race relations.Their children — my generation — was all about chasing prosperity. We came of age in the go-go Mahathir years. The stock market was hot, the property market hotter, and a horse-racing track made way for what was briefly the world’s tallest towers.
This story appears in the August 2017 issue of Forbes Asia. SubscribeIt's 7:22 sharp one recent evening in the holy month of Ramadan, and the Muslim call to prayer drifts through a mall in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Wangsa Maju. Another day of fasting is over. At the Sushi King fast-food outlet, 13 of 15 closely packed diner-style tables are already filled with patrons, chopsticks poised.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".