Asia's young rich people active in philanthropy

Ms Cai Shiyin (in blue cap) guiding the first blind runner from China to complete the 2017 Boston Marathon, as part of her Running in the Dark social enterprise. Mr Jeremy Nguyen-Phuong interacting with Singapore teens in 2017 at one of his workshops
Ms Cai Shiyin (in blue cap) guiding the first blind runner from China to complete the 2017 Boston Marathon, as part of her Running in the Dark social enterprise. PHOTO: RUNNING IN THE DARK

It's a major change from earlier generations, who usually just donated cash to charity

Philanthropy in Asia has long been about simply writing cheques - some extremely large - but a new generation is re-writing that rule book in dramatic and effective ways.

Take Mr Jeremy Nguyen-Phuong. He was just 13 when he decided to create a project to help out the less privileged in his native Vietnam.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2018, with the headline 'Asia's young rich people active in philanthropy'. Print Edition | Subscribe