June Chua is a transgender woman, former sex worker, founder of The T Project, Singapore’s first (and to date, only) transgender shelter, and Alicia Community Centre, a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community. She joins PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (Wake Up Singapore) for a fun, high energy podcast, to talk about her life and her activism. They discuss the state of transgender rights and social services in Singapore, the intersection between Singaporean activism and privilege, different ways of effecting change in Singapore, and her experience with the PAP government.

This episode is a collaboration with Wake Up, Singapore. You can find out more about them online on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

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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.

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