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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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Looking Back to the Future

Prof James Warren, author of several groundbreaking subaltern histories of Singapore including "Rickshaw Coolie: A People's History of Singapore 1880-1940", reflects on a long career working on Singapore history in this lecture delivered at the National Library of Singapore in January 2019.
  • New Naratif
podcast

Kempen Kebencian? Berita Palsu dan Retorik Anti-Pelarian di Malaysia

Suara benci yang ditujukan kepada pelarian di Malaysia, yang sering berpunca daripada maklumat palsu, telah tersebar di atas talian ketika negara sedang berhadapan ancaman COVID-19. Retorik yang dikatakan dirancang itu telah menyebabkan sesetengah orang menentang golongan pelarian dan pendatang.
  • Jules Rahman Ong
  • Tina Carmillia
journalism
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Climate Change and Community Persistence

In Sulawesi, the effects of climate change have become increasingly noticeable, but local communities are fighting back with a dose of community persistence.
  • Zulkifli Mangkau
journalism

Activist Burnout: Fostering Sustainable Activism

During these uncertain and tumultuous times, activists have gone above and beyond to help the most vulnerable groups in our communities. But what happens when activists start to feel burnt out due to the stress, threats and trauma they face daily? On this week’s episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Membership Engagement Manager, Deborah Augustin speaks to Katrina Jorene Maliamauv from Malaysia and Veronica Iswinahyu in Indonesia about their experiences and the prevalence of burnout in activism spaces. They discuss how it affects an activist’s psycho-social well-being and the role of self-care in creating sustainable activism.
  • Deborah Augustin
  • Kelly Anissa
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Like a Child With Two Parents

Amrita Malhi traces the historical roots of the 3Rs of Malaysian politics—"race, religion and royalty"—to 19th-century colonial contests between Siam and Britain.
  • Amrita Malhi
research

Perjuangan Awak Ambulans Gawat Darurat Jakarta di Garis Depan Pandemi

Di tengah pandemi, urusan memindahkan pasien untuk mendapat perawatan medis menjadi perkara genting. Para anggota Garda Bencana, satuan yang bertanggung jawab melakukan tugas ini, berjuang keras di tengah keterbatasan sumber daya kesehatan ibukota.
  • Adi Renaldi
  • Muhammad Ishomuddin
journalism

An Interview With Dr Paul Tambyah

On this week's episode, PJ Thum speaks to Dr Paul Tambyah from the Singapore Democratic Party. They discuss his vision for Singapore, healthcare, the role of non-Singaporeans in the country and other pressing issues. This interview was originally recorded live on The Online Citizen Asia's Facebook page.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
podcast

The Citizens' Agenda: The Parties Respond

Nearly a year ago, we embarked on the Citizens’ Agenda: our quest to find out what our Singaporean community thinks are the most important issues facing Singapore, and then to write and commission articles on those subjects. Now, with Singapore’s General Election looming, we complete our journey by telling you how the political parties responded to the issues.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
research

NN Explains: The Singapore General Elections

Singaporeans go to the polls on 10th July. Here's an explainer to get you up to speed on the big picture and what's at stake in the Singapore General Elections.
  • Kirsten Han
  • Shirin Rafie
comic
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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
Members only

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