With cases of violence against women in Indonesia still treated as sensational tabloid material, progress to protect women on a national level is slow. But activists are slowly shifting the ground.
The Use of Humiliation as a Political Tool
Singapore’s Vandalism Act (1966) was designed, from the beginning, as a political tool to humiliate those who fight to exercise their right to free speech and political expression.
The Political Apathy of Vietnamese Youth
In the age of Trump, refugees and social media, many young Vietnamese speak of a disconnect with the rest of the world, while others eagerly embrace radical change.
“It Was A Political Issue”: Recalling the 1998 Medan Riots
Understanding the reactions of the Chinese-Indonesian community in Medan to rising ethnic tensions requires one to realise that the anti-Chinese violence in 1998 was more about politics than race.
How Discrimination Kills Gay Men in Singapore
Contrary to the Prime Minister’s stated position of “Live and Let Live”, cradle to grave discrimination in Singapore results in gay men being economically poorer and less healthy, and consequently leading shorter and more impoverished lives.
Bridging the Divide in Migrant Worker Research
Identifying and acknowledging points of convergence and divergence could go a long way in enabling more collaborations between academics and NGOs when it comes to research into migrant worker issues.
From Closet to Pride
Vietnamese artists like Truong Tan formed the vanguard of LGBTQ visibility in a country where “traditional customs” carry much weight.
The Ongoing Struggle for LGBTQ Equality in Vietnam
LGBTQ rights in Vietnam have improved in recent years, but traditional social norms and stigmas still make life difficult for queer individuals in the country.
More Dangerous Than Nuclear War
Despite historical tolerance of different sexual orientations and gender identities, Indonesian politicians are using LGBTQ rights as a wedge issue in their power play.
“A National Coming Out”: 10 Years Since Repeal 377A
10 years after an attempt to repeal an anti-gay law, Singapore’s LGBTQ activists are still seeking equality.