Kirsten Han, Foong Li Mei, Tuan Nini

Malaysians and Singaporeans constantly squabble over the ownership of particular dishes, comparing street food cultures and making digs. But a closer look at the way hawkers have been managed reveals more about contemporary challenges in each country.

Kong Meta, Chan Muyhong

Much of Cambodia experienced water shortages this dry season, but in Sihanoukville, locals and officials say drought, rapid building and population growth have placed new hardships on people’s access to water.

Eko Rusdianto, Ranto Sibarani

Banyak orang kehilangan nyawa dalam konflik di Poso, yang terjadi sejak tahun 1998 hingga 2007. Sejumlah warga yang dulu terlibat dalam konflik tersebut memilih untuk mengenangnya dengan cara bercanda, seraya mewaspadai potensi kekerasan berikutnya.

Eko Rusdianto, Aisyah Llewellyn

Many people lost their lives between 1998 and 2007 in Poso, Sulawesi. Now residents once swept up in the vortex of conflict choose to remember it with a dry humour—while still mindful of the potential for more violence.

Aisyah Llewellyn

Mount Sinabung volcano has been erupting on and off for years, leaving hundreds of villagers displaced. Now they’re caught between new government accommodation and their old lives in the Red Zone.

Cristyn Lloyd

Fake pharmaceuticals have plagued Southeast Asia for years, yet governments have been accused of underestimating the scale of the problem. A controversial new study suggests the illegal trade of fraudulent medicines is still thriving in the region.

Hathairat Phaholtap

Thousands of refugees have fled to Thai cities such as Bangkok in the hopes of temporary sanctuary while waiting to be resettled elsewhere. But a crackdown on overstayers has led to hundreds of detentions, with refugees having to deal with new worries about their future.

Michael Beltran

The Duterte administration’s “Build Build Build” programme is meant to bring infrastructure development to the Philippines. But critics warn against falling into a “debt trap”, and that the true cost of the scheme might be paid by the country’s poorest citizens.

Adam Bemma

The March 2019 election in Thailand means that the country will transition from the military junta to a civilian government. But activists say that this change isn’t going to be enough if oppressive charges filed by the regime against critics aren’t rolled back.

Sheena Gurbakhash, Novia Shin

Sheena Gurbakhash was just a child when the Chinese and Malays clashed in Kuala Lumpur in May 1969. The May 13 riots highlighted the fragility of race relations at the time, and continue to raise questions about issues of privilege and place in the country.

Richaldo Hariandja

Indonesia sudah lama memiliki masalah terkait Tempat Pemrosesan Akhir (TPA) yang tidak berwawasan lingkungan. Saat ini, kebingungan terkait bagaimana mengelola TPA secara tepat semakin membuat kalang-kabut Pemerintah Daerah sebagai garda terdepan negara dalam menanggulangi sampah.

Richaldo Hariandja, Aisyah Llewellyn

Indonesia has long had an issue with problematic landfills. Now, confusion about how to manage these properly is only adding to the frustration felt by local authorities at the forefront of the country’s war on waste.

Ganesha Yudhistira

Suku asli Dayak di Kalimantan memiliki tradisi panjang dalam bertato serta memanjangkan daun telinga mereka sebagai wujud keindahan dan keagungan. Namun hadirnya stigma modern mulai menggerus warisan tradisi yang sudah ada sejak berabad-abad yang lalu ini.