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

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 Charis is Comics Editor and Illustrations Editor for New Naratif. Reach her at

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 recently graduated from Western Michigan University's MFA in creative writing program, and 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

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

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

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

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

Pauline Wong

Pauline Wong is a political journalist with a passion for human rights reporting. She is the Malaysian Press Institute's Best Young Journalist 2013 and a 2015/2016 Chevening scholar. She is New Naratif's Deputy Editor (Bahasa Malaysia) and Consulting Editor for West Malaysia. Contact her at

Reynold Sumayku

Reynold Sumayku is an Indonesian photographer, journalist, writer interested in human life and socio-cultural issues, environment, and natural history—now expanding his horizon with New Naratif as Consulting Editor for Jakarta. He invites fellow journalists, writers, researchers and activists to collaborate in New Naratif. Reach him at

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