Sapa is struggling to cope with the sudden influx of tourists, impacting the local economy and the look of the town itself. Michael Tatarski

Southeast Asia Dispatches — Episode 13

Author: Kirsten Han, Michael Tatarski, Thum Ping Tjin, JJ Rose
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Southeast Asia Dispatches is a fortnightly podcast bringing you reports, interviews and perspectives from New Naratif’s network around Southeast Asia.

This week, Kirsten Han invites us to lunch with Singapore’s Old Left (00:52), Mike Tatarski looks at the effects of Vietnam’s booming tourism industry (09:31), PJ Thum talks to Cambodian feminist Eng Chandy (15:47), and James Rose reflects upon efforts to clean up Thailand’s fishing industry (25:17).

Kirsten Han

Kirsten Han is Editor-in-Chief of New Naratif, and a Singaporean journalist whose work often revolves around the themes of social justice, human rights, politics and democracy. Her bylines have appeared in publications like The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Asia Times and Waging Nonviolence. As an activist, Kirsten has advocated for an end to the death penalty in Singapore, and is a founding member of abolitionist group We Believe in Second Chances. Reach her at kirsten.han@newnaratif.com.

Michael Tatarski

Michael Tatarski is a journalist based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He focuses on the environment, urban development and social issues. Find him on Twitter @miketatarski.

Thum Ping Tjin

Thum Ping Tjin (“PJ”) is Managing Director of New Naratif and founding director of Project Southeast Asia, an interdisciplinary research centre on Southeast Asia at the University of Oxford. A Rhodes Scholar, Commonwealth Scholar, Olympic athlete, and the only Singaporean to swim the English Channel, his work centres on Southeast Asian governance and politics. His most recent work is Living with Myths in Singapore (Ethos: 2017, co-edited with Loh Kah Seng and Jack Chia). He is creator of “The History of Singapore” podcast, available on iTunes. Reach him at pingtjin.thum@newnaratif.com.

JJ Rose

JJ Rose is an Australian writer and audio producer.

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