Victoria Milko

In Myanmar—and across Southeast Asia more generally—women are generally under-represented as sources in the media. Efforts have sprung up across the region to address this problem, and through it, change the way in which women are perceived.

Mohd Izzuddin Ramli

Artist Fahmi Reza attracted international attention when he was prosecuted for his work portraying the former Malaysian prime minister as a clown. After the 9 May election, but Fahmi’s motivations remain the same: “to use graphic arts as a weapon to fight against injustice”.

Sophie Raynor

Timor-Leste’s first Pride parade last year was heralded in international headlines as a major win for LGBTQ equality, but advocates and activists say there’s still a long way to go to shift mindsets.

Febriana Firdaus

A conversation with Dian Yulia Novi, the first woman to be convicted for plotting a bomb attack in Indonesia, sheds light on the journey taken towards radicalisation and violence.

Aisyah Llewellyn

This week in Southeast Asian stories to watch: Who will be the Sultan of Yogyakarta’s successor? A minister gets embroiled in a corruption case in Vietnam, while questions continue to swirl over plans to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.

Ainur Rohmah, Weiying Wu


Katharine Ee

The “tsunami rakyat” that brought Malaysia its first ever change in government was built on long years of hard work by the country’s civil society. There’s no time for them to rest on their laurels, but activists say they’ve already experienced great change on a personal level.

Andrew Nachemson

With Cambodia’s main opposition party out of the race, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party victory at the upcoming general election is assured. The challenge for Hun Sen, then, is not remaining in power, but maintaining the legitimacy to rule.

Will Nguyen, Thanh Mai Nguyen

Trưởng thành tại Hoa kỳ, hiểu biết về ngôn ngữ và văn hóa Việt nam của Will Nguyễn có một gốc gác đặc miền Nam Việt nam. Trên con đường khám phá các góc nhìn đa diện và sự thật đa dạng, nghiên cứu của anh đã dẫn dắt anh đi tìm hiểu về sự chia rẽ bắc/nam.

Vincent MacIsaac

While a lot English-language literature and writing tends to hark back to the country’s tragic history of violence and genocide, young Cambodian authors are taking charge of their own narratives—and finding success.

Warief Djajanto Basorie, Weiying Wu