Podcasts

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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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TraceTogether and the Societal Impact of Citizen Science

PJ Thum speaks to Hallam Stevens and Monamie Bhadra Haines, professors at Nanyang Technological University, about the TraceTogether app, and more broadly about Citizen Science, and the broader societal implications of using such technology to address deeply contentious and difficult political issues.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Citizen of the Earth: A Refugee Speaks Out

During the COVID-19 pandemic, society’s most vulnerable are at risk in several ways. Refugees and migrants in particular, whether documented or undocumented, face challenges such as having inadequate access to healthcare, reduced income and overall increased precarity. It becomes even more complicated when their host countries do not recognise their rights. On this week’s episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, membership engagement manager, Deborah Augustin speaks to a journalist, writer and observer about the rise in xenophobia in Malaysia towards migrants and refugees. We’ve kept our guest’s identity anonymous out of concerns for his safety.
  • Deborah Augustin
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The Age of the Journalist

Today is World Press Freedom Day. In Southeast Asia, journalists face both legal and financial challenges when reporting. But now more than ever, quality journalism is important to keep people informed and many journalists across the globe continue to do that despite the threat of the current pandemic. On today’s episode, our Membership Engagement Manager Deborah Augustin speaks to Aisyah Llewellyn, our Editor in Chief about what it’s like to be out in the field when most people are being told to stay home.
  • Deborah Augustin
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Zakir Hossain Khokan: Migrant Worker, Migrant Writer

PJ speaks with Zakir Hossain Khokan, a migrant worker from Bangladesh and founder of "Migrant Writers of Singapore", who is currently ill with COVID-19 (but recovering), and Jay and Michelle, two Singaporeans who volunteer with his organisation, about their work and other initiatives; about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis among migrant workers; and about broader structural and systemic issues facing migrant workers in Singapore
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Surviving the Pandemic When Home is Unsafe

Globally, lockdowns are a key tactic to combat COVID-19. Phrases like ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ are used on social media to encourage people to stay indoors during this pandemic. But what happens when home isn’t a safe place for some people? On this week’s episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, membership engagement manager, Deborah Augustin looks at what happens when survivors of domestic abuse are forced to stay home with their abusers during a lockdown. She is joined by Tan Heang Lee, the Communications Officer of the Women's Aid Organization in Malaysia and Patricia Sue-Lin Knudsen, who is a co-producer and host of The Pool, a podcast series about and for domestic abuse survivors in Malaysia.
  • Deborah Augustin
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