Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Religious extremism has been an issue in Southeast Asia for decades. Even before the September 11 attacks, when religious extremism started becoming a buzzword in security circles, Southeast Asia has been grappling with such violent extremist (and undoubtedly skewed) takes...
The “crispy rendang” controversy is heating up, with the people of four nations uniting to slam a MasterChef UK judge for suggesting that Malaysians should not be upset because rendang is actually from Indonesia. It all started when MasterChef UK...
From an Indonesian mayor to a make-up magnate in Myanmar, more and more women are refusing to accept the status quo. In 2009, Indira Gandhi, a Malaysian kindergarten teacher, temporarily lost custody of her three children. In March that year,...
Press freedom is now more important than ever. Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' provides an important lesson for us to learn about holding power accountable. I fully agree with renown director Steven Spielberg that there is an urgency to make his...
A batch of institutions that opened over the past decade are pushing boundaries in a region known for government censorship of art. Museums have always been both window and mirror: they provide a lens into our society while also functioning...
A fashion model by day and a spirit medium by night, Arifin Kuriawan shows the strong bond to community despite attempts by politicians to divide people by race and religion. Arifin Kurniawan towers over his 55-year-old father’s prostrate figure. With...
Chinese New Year or the Lunar New Year has become a worldwide event. This is mainly due to many including the Chinese diaspora celebrating it across the world from Beijing to Jakarta, London to Singapore. Everyone usually gets engrossed about...
When it comes to abusive treatment of domestic workers in Malaysia, you would think that you had seen or heard it all. Until you hear the sad, tragic story of Adelina Lisao. Adelina was a 26-year old Indonesian who hailed...
Young Papuans in an eastern Indonesian boom town are excited about the future, thanks to a resurgent economy. But will the good times last? Sorong is booming. With 9.3 per cent GDP growth in 2016 (almost double Indonesia’s average) and...
When the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Championship began on the 9th January 2018 in Chuangzhou, China, the people of Vietnam were focused on something else. The Vietnamese "trial of the century" involving 22 former oil executives had begun in...
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