Due to COVID-19 concerns, most schools in Cambodia were closed in March, risking long-term setbacks to students’ education. But some entrepreneurial youth took action by organising informal classes and community libraries.
While many of Brunei’s social media influencers may have felt compelled to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, some Bruneians have accused them of hypocrisy for not having spoken out against deep-rooted racism in the country.
In North Sumatra, Indonesia, Batak culture has strong, distinct rituals around death known as adat. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, these customs have had to be adapted. Is Batak adat in the midst of a cultural sea change?
As the nation celebrates its 100th year of filmmaking, documentary filmmakers say their genre is gaining ground while documentarians still face old challenges, from government censorship to limited funding.
Chua Minxi, Sharon Chin, Translator: Tina Carmillia
Tukang cuci hospital di Malaysia menghadapi berpuluhan tahun bergaji rendah, persekitaran kerja yang mencabar dan sikap tidak peduli daripada majikan mereka. Kini di barisan hadapan dalam perjuangan melawan COVID-19, mereka turun ke jalan untuk menuntut keadilan.
In Malaysia, police violence and deaths in custody are much-overlooked concerns, despite calls for investigation from human rights watchdogs. The numbers, and detainees and advocates behind them, show a grim, complicated picture.
Each year, hundreds of people in Cambodia are estimated to die of rabies, which is treatable but fatal once symptoms present. Animal welfare and health experts say vaccinating the nation’s dogs and controlling the dog meat trade could help prevent deaths.
During the rainy season, rising waters in the rice fields surrounding Cambodia’s Koh Andet district provide an ample supply of rodents. As the global economic downturn leaves many jobless, some are turning to catching and exporting rats to make ends meet.
Area lokalisasi Dolly di Surabaya dulunya terkenal luas untuk kekerasan dan kejahatan di dalamnya. Sejak akhir 1980an, Lilik Sulistiowati menyusuri gang-gang sempit dan gelap kawasan itu—membaktikan hidupnya untuk anak-anak dengan HIV dan orang-orang lain yang dipinggirkan masyarakat.
In Surabaya, Indonesia, the red-light district of Dolly was notorious for crime and violence in the 1980s. Rather than look away, Lilik Sulistiowati moved into the community to care for children living with HIV and others who society left behind.
Penghuni Desa Kabba di Sulawesi Selatan telah lama mengenal tradisi bedak basah, yang diturunkan dari generasi ke generasi. Kini, berbagai perubahan zaman—dari gentrifikasi hingga pola bertani—mengancam kelestariannya.
Wet talcum powder is known across Indonesia for having a wide variety of health benefits. But changes in the environment and agricultural practices have meant that its production—usually handed down through generations—could soon dry up.
Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, medical waste was an environmental problem in Indonesia, found in almost all the nation’s landfills. This year, a documented rise in medical refuse in Indonesian waterways threatens both the environment and human health.