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Artists Respond: Hindsight Is 2020

Ten artists take us on a journey from virtual meeting rooms in Malaysia and Singapore to the streets of Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. They ponder the intensely personal impact of the pandemic and picture large-scale protests for democracy.
  • Yunroo
  • Sunny Go
  • Afif Slim
  • Julia Hannie
  • Stephani Soejono
  • Richard Mercado
  • Townsunder
  • Ollie
  • Pssyppl
  • Suppachai Vong
comic

Building a Mentally Healthy Community

PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (Wake Up Singapore) speak to Reetaza "Reetz" Chatterjee, the founder of "Your Head Lah!" about her own experiences with mental illness, her journey in figuring out her role in activism, and about the mental health landscape in Singapore.
  • New Naratif
podcast

“We Have to Hide Our Face”: Cambodia’s Eco-Activists Go Undercover

Environmental advocacy group Mother Nature Cambodia is known for their confrontational videos, with activists exposing crimes against nature. But with three members jailed, and others facing harassment, the group has decided to conceal their identities.
  • Ouch Sony
  • Matt Surrusco
journalism

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Death With a Dash of Disney

At a cemetery designated for the COVID-19 pandemic’s dead in Medan, Indonesia, staff require mourners to wear protective clothes, and offer to capture their visit on camera for posterity.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
journalism
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The Bloodied Arm of the Law

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.
  • Foong Li Mei
journalism

အိပ်မက်ရဲ့နောက်မှာ : ကျောက်စိမ်းတူးဖော်မှုဘေးအန္တရာယ်ကြောင့် ကြေမွသွားသည့် မိသားစုတစ်စု

ဇူလိုင်လ ၂ ရက်၌ မြန်မာနိုင်ငံရှိ ဖားကန့်မြို့၏ ကျောက်စိမ်းမှော် မြေပြိုမှုတစ်ခု၌ လူပေါင်း (၁၇၀)ကျော် သေဆုံးခဲ့သည်။ ဤဇာတ်လမ်းက ဖြစ်ရပ်မှန် အဖြစ်အပျက်များကို အခြေခံပြီး စိတ်ကူးပုံဖော်ထားသည့် ဇာတ်ကောင်များဖြင့် နေ့တဓူဝ ကျောက်တူးသမားများ ရင်ဆိုင်ရသည့် အန္တရာယ်များနှင့် သူတို့မိသားစုများ ခံစားရသည့် နာကျင်ကြေကွဲမှုများအကြောင်းကို ပြောပြနေသည်။
  • Shawanang
comic

Can Cambodia Eradicate the World’s Most Fatal Disease?

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.
  • Kieran Murray
  • Andy Ball
journalism

Thailand’s Defiant Youth

Amid an ongoing state of emergency to contain COVID-19, young people around Thailand have taken to the streets to call for Prime Minister Prayuth's resignation and other systemic changes. Protesters have even hinted at their dissatisfaction at the Thai monarchy, a taboo that can have legal consequences. The latest protest held on 16 August 2020 is now known to be the largest demonstration in Thailand since the military coup in 2014. This week's episode looks at what triggered the protests and the implications of a renewed youth movement.
  • New Naratif
podcast

Behind the Dream: A Family Broken by a Jade Mining Disaster

On 2 July 2020, over 170 people were killed in a landslide in the jade mines of Hpakant, Myanmar. This story of fictional characters surrounded by real events portrays the risks miners take and the suffering endured by their families.
  • Shawanang
comic
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Indonesia’s COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories

As Indonesia struggles with the global pandemic, another “viral” strain has surfaced: disinformation in the form of conspiracy theories.
  • Johannes Nugroho
journalism

The Rat Catchers of Takeo

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.
  • Mech Dara
  • Ananth Baliga
journalism

An Interview With Tan Jee Say

PJ Thum sits down with Tan Jee Say of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) to talk about Singapore's economy and economic policies, and the SDP's campaign pledges. This was recorded amidst the heat of campaigning on 6 July 2020 and first broadcast on onlinecitizenasia.com.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
podcast
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Mami Vera, Pelindung Orang-orang Dolly

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.
  • Reno Surya
  • Ivan Darski
journalism
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The People’s Guardian of Dolly

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.
  • Reno Surya
  • Ivan Darski
journalism

Freedom of Expression in Myanmar

On this week's episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Adam Bemma speaks to Thinzar Shunlei Yi, advocacy coordinator at Action Committee for Democracy Development, and Maung Saungkha, executive director of ATHAN, an organisation that has documented violations of fundamental freedoms in Myanmar over the last four years under the National League for Democracy government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi. They discuss freedom of expression in Myanmar.
  • Adam Bemma
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Hikayat Bedak Basah: Warisan yang Diturunkan Melalui Mimpi

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.
  • F Daus AR
journalism
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A Tradition Inherited Through a Dream

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.
  • F Daus AR
journalism

Meritocracy in Singapore

Last year, Professor Stefano Harney made headlines in Singapore when he gave all 169 business students in his course the same grade. The university called these grades bogus, but Stefano felt the students deserved it and gave them all an A grade. On this week's Political Agenda, PJ Thum speaks to Professor Stefano Harney about this incident and what it reveals about meritocracy in Singapore.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
podcast

Indonesia’s Steady Stream of Medical Waste

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.
  • Adi Renaldi
journalism

Youth Power in Malaysian Politics

In July 2019, the Malaysian Parliament passed a Constitutional Amendment to lower the voting age from 21 to 18. This amendment means that an estimated 8 million eligible voters will be added to the electoral roll. While many have celebrated the move to lower the voting age, critics have said that Malaysian youth are not ready for the responsibility of voting. On this week’s episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to Qyira Yusri from Undi18, and Melinda Anne, a student, about their thoughts on youth political participation in Malaysian politics.
  • Deborah Augustin
podcast
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Krisis Iklim dan Kelentingan Masyarakat

Dampak krisis iklim menghantam seluruh Gorontalo—dari sungai, pegunungan, hingga pesisir. Masyarakat setempat menerapkan cara sendiri untuk bertahan dan mewariskan bumi ke generasi berikut.
  • Zulkifli Mangkau
journalism