When I left my Indonesian hometown for the big city, I asked myself: what am I? The answer lay beyond the gender binary.
Queer. Malay. Muslim. Growing up in Malaysia, I learned the hard way that this didn’t have to be a contradiction.
As hospitals in Indonesia struggle to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, a family faces their own challenges seeking healthcare.
On 2 July 2020, over 170 people were killed in a landslide in the jade mines of Hpakant, Myanmar. This story of fictional characters surrounded by real events portrays the risks miners take and the suffering endured by their families.
“Your hair is yours. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.” The pressure to conform to mainstream “ideals” of beauty and presentation can be restrictive, stifling, oppressive. Mei Lian Hoe reflects on their experience with their hair and Malaysian beauty standards.
The story of Benny Wenda, a Papuan activist living in exile in Oxford, and how his own childhood experiences led him to where he is today.
Every year, countries in Southeast Asia are affected by the transboundary haze generated by forest fires on peatlands. When cities are cloaked in smog, people complain about the slash-and-burn practices, only to move on once the smoke clears. This comic is the first in a series of pieces about the haze in Southeast Asia.
“To everyone in the LGBTQIA+ community, especially those who are still in the closet: Happy Pride Month. You are valid. You are seen. You are loved.”
Demonstrations and protest marches can be highly visible manifestations of activism and grassroots sentiment. But what of those who aren’t able, for a variety of reasons, to join such marches? What can they do—and will it ever be enough?
Kia Nazary reflects on her responses to the 2019 Women’s March in Kuala Lumpur, and how important it is to remember to practise self-care.