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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
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While the Resistance Self-Quarantines

For years, farmers and residents caught in agrarian conflicts throughout Indonesia have faced criminalisation, brutality and murder. The mandate to conduct social distancing, however, provides the authorities with further justification to thwart their fight.
  • Fadiyah Alaidrus
  • Eduard Lazarus
  • Nibras Ali
journalism

Myanmar's Trailblazing Podcaster

On this week’s episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Adam Bemma speaks to Myanmar’s trailblazing podcaster, Nandar. Last year, Nandar started the G-Taw Zagar Wyne podcast along with members of her Purple Feminists Group in Yangon to amplify women's voices in the country. The name G-Taw Zagar Wyne comes from a nickname Nandar was given growing up in Shan State. It means a woman willing to speak up to share her ideas and begin a dialogue.
  • Adam Bemma
podcast
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NN Explains: Pragmatism

Pragmatism is a common claim made by politicians but is a vague term used to justify all sorts of means to an end. What are we willing to accept or overlook in order to reach our goals?
  • Appolonia Tesera
comic
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Once a Safe Haven, Bangkok Now a “Hunting Ground” for Dissidents

Asylum seekers and dissidents have fled Laos, Cambodia and other nations to Thailand to avoid political persecution. While they wait for UN refugee status, they are surveilled by authorities, disappeared from Bangkok streets and forcibly repatriated or jailed.
  • Adam Bemma
  • Prema-Ja
journalism

Political Agenda: Understanding Singapore's Electoral System

Kokila Annamalai, Ngiam Shih Tung, and Gan Theng Wei sit down with PJ Thum to talk about all the issues surrounding Singapore's elections, and in particular the ways in which it is not free and unfair. This podcast was recorded in April 2019.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
podcast

Campaign of Hate? Fake News and Anti-Refugee Rhetoric in Malaysia

Hate speech targeting refugees in Malaysia, often rooted in false information, has spread online as the nation stares down the threat of COVID-19. The allegedly organised rhetoric has turned some against refugees and migrants alike.
  • Jules Rahman Ong
journalism

Artists Respond: the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020

Artists reflect on the anti-terrorism bill in the Philippines, amidst fears that it erodes constitutional rights and will be used to crack down on dissent. Featuring Tintin Pantoja, Kring Demetrio, Tristan, and Karla Circe.
  • Tintin Pantoja
  • Kring Demetrio
  • Tristan
  • Karla Circe
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"The Fear Is Always With Me": Refugees in Malaysia Recount Recent Lockdowns and Raids

Since Malaysia imposed a Movement Control Order amid the COVID-19 pandemic, immigration raids following strict lockdown orders have affected refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers. In addition to the virus, these communities must also cope with persistent fears of possible arrest and deportation.
  • Emily Fishbein
  • Jaw Tu Hkawng
  • Benjamin
  • Hasnoor Hussain
journalism

Unpacking Urban Poverty

In Southeast Asia, poverty is often associated with rural communities. As a result, conversations around urban poverty have largely taken a backseat in public discourse. On this week's episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to Prof. Datuk Dr. Denison Jayasooria, chair of the Asian Solidarity Economy Council and Pete Nicoll from Reach Out Malaysia, an organisation that works with the rural and urban poor. We discuss their experiences in working closely with this community and the misconceptions surrounding this multifaceted subject.
  • Deborah Augustin
  • Kelly Anissa
podcast

POFMA: Singapore’s Clumsy “Fake News” Hammer

Misinformation has been circulating within Singaporean circles during the COVID-19 outbreak, especially within closed messaging apps like WhatsApp. Yet the country’s anti-“fake news” law is of limited use in tackling false narratives within these spaces.
  • Kirsten Han
  • Charis Loke
journalism
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Myanmar’s Sikh Community

The Sikhs in Myanmar have survived the Imperial Japanese Army, anti-Indian campaigns and military-managed nationalisation, but their community is facing perhaps its biggest challenge yet: the aspirations of its youth.
  • Lorcan Lovett
journalism

How do we Educate for a Climate-Crisis World? A Discussion.

Feroz Khan and Al Lim, authors of "Educating for a Climate-Crisis World", talk about our need to transform the fundamental values we teach ourselves and our children in order to adapt to the ongoing climate crisis.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
podcast

Educating for a Climate-Crisis World

If Singapore is to prepare its children for the climate crisis, the values that we inculcate and the premise of our entire education system needs to change.
  • Feroz Khan
  • Al Lim
research

"Sama Sepertimu, Aku Manusia"

Di balik kontroversi tentang isu Papua merdeka, ada kisah dan pengalaman nyata tentang Benny Wenda, seorang aktivis Papua dan pendiri Gerakan Papua Merdeka yang tengah diasingkan di Oxford selama lebih dari satu dekade.
  • Hasbi Ilman
  • Febriana Firdaus
comic
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Hydropower Dams in Contested Areas

Numerous hydropower dams are being built or planned in Myanmar, causing serious concern for the environment. The problem is further compounded by the fact that these dams constructed in areas of ethnic conflict.
  • Brennan O'Connor
journalism

Teaching Children to Cope With COVID-19

In the age of COVID-19, family dynamics have understandably shifted. As a result, we’ve seen more parents openly talk on social media about their struggles with balancing work, child care and self-care during this time. But children in particular may respond to this stress differently. On this week’s episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, our Editor-in-Chief Aisyah Llewellyn spoke with Louis, a science teacher based in Medan, Indonesia about how parents can help children cope with the changes brought by this pandemic.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
podcast
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“Ini Tentang Kebahagiaan”

Biarpun pemerintah Indonesia melarang sabung ayam, para penduduk Toraja di Sulawesi Selatan tetap menikmati hiburan yang hidup sebagai tradisi masyarakat selama ratusan tahun tersebut.
  • Eko Rusdianto
journalism

Explainer: The Climate Crisis and Singapore

It’s been 8 months since Singapore’s first climate action rally at Hong Lim Park, an event that mobilised 1,700 citizens and permanent residents. But what exactly is driving climate change, what are its effects, and how can such a small country do anything effective about it?
  • Meerabelle Jesuthasan
  • Anngee Neo
research