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Q&A: Seafarers Cross Off Days Till They Go Home

Working at sea is challenging enough. But the pandemic has been a particularly lonely test of mental and emotional resilience for seafarers, due to the nature of their jobs, Helen Sampson, director of Cardiff University’s Seafarers International Research Centre, tells Reporting ASEAN.

Filipino Seafarers Find Their Future, and Lives, Adrift 

Seafarers make up bulk of Filipino workers returning home without jobs amid COVID-19. But home isn’t the best the place to be – many face stigma, and the Philippine economy is in dire straits. Filipinos make up a third of cruise ship staff worldwide. By the Reporting ASEAN team.

 

COVID-19: For Vietnam, Information Is A Public-Health Weapon

Vietnam pulled out all the stops in its campaign on COVID-19, wading into the digital venues where citizens, especially millennials, could be reached. Just about everywhere Vietnamese looked, they read, heard, saw material about the pandemic –  in TikTok, Zalo, Facebook, mobile phone/voice messages, and catchy hashtags like #stayinghomeisfun. Uyen Diep and Ha Dang report.

SOUTHEAST ASIA: News Interest High, Trust In Media Low

Can Southeast Asians trust less and less the news, as they consume more of such news, mainly in online venues? Can they turn to social media to access news, but distrust social media at the same time? These appear to be case, writes Reporting ASEAN’s Johanna Son in this story on the ‘2020 Digital News Report’ that was released in June 2020.

Welcome to the Pandemic-friendly Home

‘Space’ has acquired a new meaning, and value in the COVID-19 era, given the restrictions on mobility in a public health emergency. Two Indonesian architects rethink the home as a community of sorts, not as a hideout shaped by fear. Kanis Dursin reports.

COVID-19: Let’s Hear It From The Kids

If you think kids don’t get what COVID-19 is, think again.  In this six-minute video story by Yasmin Mapua Tang of Probe Media Foundation Inc, they tell us what know about COVID-19 and how they process life during  the pandemic.

Already Low in Numbers, Nurses Take Tough Hit from COVID-19

COVID-19 has stirred an outpouring of support for nurses, who are often the first responders in public health emergencies. But it has also shown up the looming shortage of nurses worldwide, and the costs of outmigration of health professionals from  developing countries that need them. Yvonne T Chua tells us more in this Reporting ASEAN article.

Strict, Stricter, Strictest? ASEAN Countries’ Restrictions Amid COVID-19

As of 30 March, the three ASEAN countries that have the highest level of stringency are: Vietnam (100), Laos (95.24), the Philippines (90.48). When, and which restrictions the region’s governments took, are captured in this  infographic that draws out data from the Stringency Index of the Government Response Tracker of  Oxford University, UK.

COVID-19 Disrupts the Philippines’ Migration Story

The Philippines, the world’s top exporter of labour, is seeing group after group of overseas workers return after losing their jobs in the wake of the economic shock dealt by the COVID-19 crisis. The country has never seen anything like this in its 50 years of experience in labour exports. How will the pandemic change migration? Johanna Son of Reporting ASEAN reports in this Q&A chat.

Life In The Time of COVID-19: Spaces

A series of photos, this one themed around how our living spaces in Southeast Asia look and feel like, as we struggle to cope with the #COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to our contributors, and we’re open to more.

COVID-19: Tips for A Saner Digital Diet in These Viral Times

Infodemic. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, online spaces in Southeast Asia have become a petri dish of deafening ‘noise’ and filth on steroids, into which fear-based behaviour sinks comfortably. But in the end, using online spaces involves personal responsibility, and cannot be passed on to Big Tech. Reporting ASEAN’s Johanna Son shares tips for picking one’s way online in the time of COVID-19.

Vietnam: Think Green, Act Green 

Young people can do a lot to clean up their communities, reports Hoa Hoc Tro’s Trang Thuc Van. She  lists some initiatives that Vietnamese can sign up for – and take action themselves. After all, youngsters around the world are much more environmentally aware and even ASEAN, which Vietnam chairs in 2020, is discussing this shared problem, she explains in this Reporting ASEAN feature.

In Challenging Waters, Vietnam to Steer ASEAN as Mediator

Vietnam wants to be a bridge builder for ASEAN as Chair for 2020, using its skills in staying multilateral politically and economically -– and looks far beyond the headline-grabbing South China  issue and its giant neighbor to the north. Du Nhat Dang explains in this Reporting ASEAN feature.

‘You Can Save Two-Thirds of the Earth!’

Don’t wait for a superhero to come save the Earth, when you can be that superhero to save two-thirds of the Earth!  Trang Thuc Van of Hoa Hoc Tro urges Gen Z to take green matters into their hands in this article for the Reporting ASEAN series.

Southeast Asia Puts Local Flavor in News Literacy Efforts

The number of initiatives to push news and media literacy, as well as to counter fake news and disinformation, are growing fast. ASEAN countries are putting their own local flavor into a menu of approaches to ‘treat’ this ‘illness’ in today’s digital spaces, explains Uyen Diep of Vietnam’s Thanh Nien News.

ASEAN’s Role on Rakhine: Big Outside, Little Known in Myanmar

ASEAN has been testing its non-intervention habit in ways never done before, playing what is to date its biggest, most active role in relation to Myanmar’s handling of the Rohingya issue. But ASEAN’s role is little known or cared for inside the country, where the mainstream attitude is usually apathy or hostility to this minority community. Aung Zaw Min looks into why this so, in this feature for the Reporting ASEAN series.

Thinking ASEAN, Studying in ASEAN

Student exchange programs, the challenge of discovering one’s own region and curiosity have combined to encourage more young Vietnamese to pursue university education in ASEAN countries. They are leading the way in deepening Vietnam’s affinity with ASEAN, while widening their own horizons, reports Thanh Nien’s Uyen Diep for the Reporting ASEAN program.

Vietnam, ASEAN and Free Trade Pacts

‘ASEAN integration’ has become something of a mantra since the launch of the ASEAN Community in 2015. But removing the obstacles to deeper trade linkages among the 10 ASEAN member states remains a work in progress. Nguyen Hanh of Tuoi Tre News tells us why in this feature done with the Reporting ASEAN program.

 

For Young Vietnamese, ASEAN is A Workplace

As Vietnam deepens linkages with other ASEAN countries, more younger professionals are venturing into the region in search of work, professional development and meaningful life experiences beyond the homeland. Thanh Nien News’ Diep Uyen looks into how ASEAN integration has made more Vietnamese regional, and global, citizens.

Thailand Puts Its Spice into ASEAN 2019

Keen to bury memories of the diplomatic black eye it got when local protests threw into disarray its ASEAN chairmanship in 2009, Thailand is bent on making sure that this year’s meetings not only go well – but close at yearend with a clear, spicy Thai flavor to ASEAN 2019. Reporting ASEAN’s Johanna Son reports.

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