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Southeast Asia: Six Tips for Unpacking COVID-19 Numbers

Tired of pandemic stats? COVID-19 is not leaving anytime soon, so here are six tips to help you find your way through the swirl of pandemic figures – and make more informed decisions in these uncertain times.

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.

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 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.

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.

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