New Naratif empowers Southeast Asians by giving them the information and tools to be fully engaged and participatory citizens.

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Join us for our next Open Meeting, 7pm MYT/SGT on Tuesday 27 October 2020, at where we will discuss our latest Transparency Report and our new website! Sign up here.

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Reporting In! 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020

We believe in openness and transparency. As a matter of principle, we share how we’ve been doing, from the amount of content we’ve published to the state of our finances. Here's our report from the Oct 2019 - Mar 2020 (with accounts from Apr 2019 - Mar 2020).
  • New Naratif
journalism

Highlights

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The Serpent Seekers of North Java

Catching snakes for their skin used to be a lucrative business in North Java. Now, with imports of snakes increasingly banned abroad and the use of buffalo hide as a substitute, snake catchers in Indonesia may soon have to find other sources of income.
  • Iqbal Kusumadirezza
journalism
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Down and Out in Bandung’s Dollar City

In the 1960s, Bandung experienced a textile boom that brought prosperity and jobs to the area. In the present day, locals complain of endemic pollution and health problems linked to unscrupulous factories dumping their waste in the city’s waterways.
  • Adi Renaldi
  • Iqbal Kusumadirezza
journalism

Doth Indonesia Protest Too Much?

Aisyah Llewellyn talks to Damai Pakpahan and Dr. Ian Wilson about the recent protests, the historical background and impact of demonstrations in Indonesia, and what the future may bring with the upcoming regional elections.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
podcast

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Mendorong Indonesia untuk Melindungi Perempuan dari Kekerasan

Dengan kasus kekerasan terhadap perempuan di Indonesia masih diperlakukan sebagai bahan tabloid yang sensasional, kemajuan untuk melindungi perempuan di tingkat nasional masih sangat lamban. Tetapi aktivis perlahan menggeser tanah.
  • Kate Walton
  • Dewi Fitzpatrick
journalism

Pushing Indonesia to Protect Women from Violence

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.
  • Kate Walton
journalism

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.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
research

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.
  • Yen Duong
journalism

"Sebuah Isu Politik": Mengingat kerusuhan di Medan tahun 1998

Untuk memahami reaksi masyarakat Tionghoa-Indonesia di Medan terhadap meningkatnya ketegangan etnis, diperlukan kesadaran bahwa kekerasan anti-Cina pada tahun 1998 bukanlah sebuah isu ras, tetapi isu politik.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
  • Dewi Fitzpatrick
journalism

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.
  • John Lee
research

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.
  • Nicholas Harrigan
research

From Closet to Pride

Vietnamese artists like Truong Tan formed the vanguard of LGBTQ visibility in a country where “traditional customs” carry much weight.
  • Cristina Nualart
research

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.
  • Kate Walton
journalism

Lebih Berbahaya daripada Perang Nuklir

Meskipun memiliki sejarah toleransi terhadap orientasi seksual dan identitas gender yang berbeda, politisi Indonesia menggunakan hak LGBTQ sebagai isu utama dalam permainan kekuasaan mereka.
  • Kate Walton
  • Dewi Fitzpatrick
journalism

What is a New Naratif?

How did the name New Naratif come about? Our Managing Director Thum Ping Tjin shares its origin story.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
journalism

Malay in the Modern World

Singaporean cartoonist James Tan's unnamed fictional protagonist explores what it means to be a Malay in the modern world.
  • James Tan
comic

The Duterte Playbook

The “War on Drugs” waged over a year now by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is not about addressing drug crime at all. It’s the use of violence for political control and it’s happened before—in Davao City.
  • Sol Iglesias
research
Members only

Why does Oxley Road Matter?

PJ Thum explains the contours of the dispute between the Lee family siblings and why Lee Kuan Yew's Oxley Road house matters so much to them.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
video

New Naratif—A Platform for Southeast Asia

New Naratif’s Editor-in-Chief Kirsten Han on why we need you to join us in creating space for Southeast Asia and Southeast Asians to speak for ourselves.
  • Kirsten Han
journalism