New Naratif aims to make Southeast Asians proud of our region, our shared culture, and our shared history. We fight for the dignity and freedom of the Southeast Asian people by building a community of people across the region to imagine and articulate a better Southeast Asia.

We do this by:

  • conducting research and publishing in-depth evidence-based stories about Southeast Asia, in a variety of formats and languages (research articles, journalism features, comics, podcasts, and videos), that reflect the genuine experiences and concerns of the Southeast Asian people;
  • advocating for and modelling ethical, moral, and progressive values rooted in the Southeast Asian context; and
  • increasing understanding and connectivity across the region through work that transcends borders, boundaries, and barriers. 

For more information, read our Manifesto.  If you’d like to write, draw, or record a video or podcast for us, please pitch us your idea.

The Team

Aisyah Llewellyn

Aisyah Llewellyn is a British freelance writer based in Medan, Indonesia, and New Naratif's Regional Editor, Deputy Editor for Bahasa Indonesia, and Consulting Editor for North Sumatra. She is a former diplomat and writes primarily about Indonesian politics, culture, travel and food. Reach her at aisyah.llewellyn@newnaratif.com.

Adriana Manan

Adriana Nordin Manan is a writer, playwright, translator and researcher. Born, raised and based in Kuala Lumpur, she is New Naratif's Deputy Editor (Bahasa Melayu/Malaysia). With a Masters in Political Economy from New York University, Adriana is passionate about languages, culture and diversity in stories. She is New Naratif's Deputy Editor (Bahasa Melayu/Malaysia). Reach her at adriana.manan@newnaratif.com

Charis Loke

Charis is an illustrator based in Penang, Malaysia. Drawing upon literature and visual culture, she makes pictures that evoke wonder and curiosity. As a member of Arts-ED, she also works on community arts and culture education programmes for youth. Her work can be found at http://charisloke.com. Charis is Comics Editor and Illustrations Editor for New Naratif. Reach her at charis.loke@newnaratif.com

Deborah Augustin

Deborah Germaine Augustin is a Malaysian writer and researcher. Previously, she worked as a Parliamentary Assistant for the MP of Kelana Jaya. She is currently working on a cross-genre chapbook about immigration in the United States. She is New Naratif's Member Engagement Editor. Reach her at deborah.augustin@newnaratif.com.

Ellena Ekarahendy

Ellena is an art director, graphic designer, illustrator, and copywriter based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her creative works revolve around social-cultural issues including human rights, gender justice, freedom of expressions, and media literacy. She's a chairperson of a workers’ collective, SINDIKASI (Media & Creative Workers Union for Democracy) which focuses on cognitive labor and digital economy discourses. As New Naratif’s Design Editor, you can reach her at ellena.ekarahendy@newnaratif.com.

Ian Morse

Ian Morse is a journalist based in Gorontalo and covering eastern Indonesia and Kalimantan. He tweets @ianjmorse. He is Consulting Editor for Sulawesi and Maluku province at New Naratif. Contact him at ian.morse@newnaratif.com.

Jared Abdul Rahman

Jared Abdul Rahman is a Sabahan researcher and documentary filmmaker whose passion is to address socioenviropolitical issues, both locally and globally, and to inspire active discussion toward positive change. He is New Naratif’s Consulting Editor for Sabah. Reach him at jared.abdulrahman@newnaratif.com.

Kirsten Han

Kirsten Han is Editor-in-Chief of New Naratif, and a Singaporean journalist whose work often revolves around the themes of social justice, human rights, politics and democracy. Her bylines have appeared in publications like The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Asia Times and Waging Nonviolence. As an activist, Kirsten has advocated for an end to the death penalty in Singapore, and is a founding member of abolitionist group We Believe in Second Chances. Reach her at kirsten.han@newnaratif.com.

Matt Surrusco

Matt Surrusco is New Naratif's Consulting Editor for Cambodia. Based in Phnom Penh since 2016, he's also a freelance reporter and journalism lecturer. Matt has reported from New York, Jerusalem and Phnom Penh, and has worked as a copy editor and youth development professional, empowering young people through journalism and community service. Reach him at matt.surrusco@newnaratif.com.

Michael Barr

Michael Barr is an Associate Professor in International Relations at Flinders University, Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was Editor-in-Chief of Asian Studies Review from 2012-2017 and is currently its Associate Editor. His books on Singapore include "The Ruling Elite of Singapore", "Constructing Singapore", and "Lee Kuan Yew: The Beliefs behind the Man". He is also Academic Editor of New Naratif. Reach him at michael.barr@newnaratif.com.

Chua Minxi

Minxi Chua is a Malaysian writer, editor, translator and researcher. She has studied and worked in Beijing, New York, Singapore, and Manchester; and, for much of this time, has been writing a novel on mental illness, the postcolonial Malaysian psyche, intergenerational female trauma, and chickens. She is New Naratif’s Research Coordinator. Reach her at minxi.chua@newnaratif.com.

Nita Roshita

Nita Roshita had 10 years’ experiences as a journalist with a world winning Radio News Agency KBR68H. She is South East Asia Press Alliance – SEAPA Fellow 2007 and a 2015/2016 Chevening Scholar. A blogger, an environmental activist and co-founded Kait Nusantara, a venture for woman empowerment and literacy. As New Naratif's Consulting Editor for Kalimantan, you can reach her at nita.roshita@newnaratif.com.

Ooi Kok Hin

Ooi Kok Hin is Monbukagakusho scholar and research student at the Graduate School of Political Science, Waseda University and research affiliate at Penang Institute. He is New Naratif's Consulting Editor for Peninsular Malaysia. Reach him at kokhin.ooi@newnaratif.com

Sonny Liew

Sonny Liew's New York Times bestseller The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is a winner of 3 Eisner Awards, and was the first graphic novel to win the Singapore Literature Prize. He was a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award in 2010, and his works include The Shadow Hero (with Gene Yang), Doctor Fate (with Paul Levitz) and Malinky Robot, along with titles for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Disney Press and First Second Books. Born in Malaysia, he lives in Singapore.

Thum Ping Tjin

Thum Ping Tjin (“PJ”) is Managing Director of New Naratif and founding director of Project Southeast Asia, an interdisciplinary research centre on Southeast Asia at the University of Oxford. A Rhodes Scholar, Commonwealth Scholar, Olympic athlete, and the only Singaporean to swim the English Channel, his work centres on Southeast Asian governance and politics. His most recent work is Living with Myths in Singapore (Ethos: 2017, co-edited with Loh Kah Seng and Jack Chia). He is creator of “The History of Singapore” podcast, available on iTunes. Reach him at pingtjin.thum@newnaratif.com.