Female labour force participation has consistently been high in Vietnam. But behind this promising percentage lies a more sober reality about the experiences of working women in the country.
The Essex Lorry Tragedy and the Narrative of Migration
The reporting on the Essex lorry tragedy where 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in the back of a lorry has shown how the narrative of poverty only reinforce prejudices against migrants. So long as migrants continue to be marginalised and criminalised, it’s important to be mindful of how little we still understand about the push-and-pull factors of migration.
Where the Carbon Flows: Singapore’s Emissions in a Global Context
As concerns over climate change grow in Singapore, many question what one island nation’s actions can possibly change. But as a trading port and financier, its carbon emissions spill far beyond its borders.
The Citizens’ Agenda: The Top 5 Issues by GE 2015 Constituencies
678 members of New Naratif’s community responded to stage 2 of The Citizens’ Agenda, and this is how they responded based on their constituency.
Life Under Haze in Kuala Lumpur
The Southeast Asian transboundary haze is an almost yearly occurrence that’s been affecting multiple countries for decades. Alexandra Radu takes a look at the impact on Kuala Lumpur.
Plastic Kingdom: On Cambodia’s Recycling Trail
An estimated 3,000 tonnes of waste is produced per day in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh alone. Lacking adequate structures to deal with the problem, most of the work being put into recycling is still being done by informal street pickers.
The Citizens’ Agenda: The Top 5 Issues and Results Analysis
678 members of New Naratif’s community responded to stage 2 of The Citizens’ Agenda, and they were very clear about the biggest issues facing Singapore and what they want politicians to talk about at the next election.
The 28 Most Important Issues Facing Singapore
In Stage 1 of The Citizens’ Agenda, New Naratif asked Singaporeans readers what they think are the most important issues facing Singapore, and what they’d like political candidates to talk about in the next general election. Here’s what our readers said (and didn’t say).
The Towns the Homeless Built
In 2017, thousands of homeless, urban poor took over empty homes in Pandi, in the Philippine province of Bulacan. They have since built their own community there, making decisions as a collective and keeping up the occupation despite threats and intimidation.
Cambodia’s Brick Factory Families, Still “Left Behind”
Cambodia’s brick factories are supplying the nation’s construction boom. But despite documented abuses, the industry continues to rely on the labour of disposable workers—including children—their indebtedness and scant government oversight.