Resignation, frustration mix as Southeast Asians find that their countries are back in lockdowns. But vaccination is underway, covering larger proportions of people in Singapore and Indonesia, than in the Philippines and Thailand.
For the third year, a group of Lao photographers travelled to remote rural villages in the northern part of the country as part of a photo trip-cum-workshop. They did not, however, just take photos of the residents, but gave something back by teaching them how to shoot pictures – and showed them films (including Charlie Chaplin ones).
COVID-19 may have forced Singapore and Malaysia to address the appalling living conditions of migrant workers they host. But larger and wider problems such as the lack of social protection, as well as discrimination that has become worse during the pandemic, persist.
สถานการณ์โควิด-19 ทำให้สิงคโปร์และมาเลเซียจำต้องหันมาดูแลสภาพความเป็นอยู่ที่น่าอนาถของแรงงานข้ามชาติในประเทศ แต่ปัญหาที่ใหญ่และหนักกว่านั้นก็ยังคงอยู่ เช่นไม่มีการปกป้องทางสังคม และมีการกีดกันเพิ่มขึ้นในช่วงโรคระบาดนี้
စင်္ကာပူနှင့် မလေးရှားနိုင်ငံတို့က အိမ်ရှင်အဖြစ် လက်ခံခေါ်ယူထားသော ရွှေ့ပြောင်းအလုပ်သမားများ၏ စိုးရိမ်ဖွယ်ရာ နေရာထိုင်ခင်းအခြေအနေများကို ဖြေရှင်းပေးရန် ကိုဗစ်-၁၉ ကပ်ရောဂါက ဖိအားပေးနိုင်ဖွယ်ရှိသည်။
Amid risks to their lives, worries about getting arrested and the loss of jobs, Myanmar’s journalists face a a future of tough questions. But the hardy profession soldiers on in the face of the military’s crackdown on media.
Thailand, whose pandemic management has earned praises, looks to do mass vaccination from June and produce vaccines for local use and for export.
Whether as keyboard warriors, street protesters (some with slingshots), meal organisers or as part of nightly Buddhist prayers, Myanmar’s women are deep in the anti-coup movement.
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Asean has been pooh-poohed by many, but it is still the most pragmatic bet for talking to Myanmar’s military. But can it convene a coordinated international response, with the west as bad cop and it as the negotiator, under heightened expectations about its doing ‘the right thing’ in our digitally connected world?
Singaporean businesses in Myanmar are the target of boycott calls among Myanmar’s post-coup protest movement, as the city-state is the largest foreign investor in the country.
As in many protests through history, songs have been a big part of the anti-coup rallies in Myanmar. Check out our links to the protest songs too.
Southeast Asians are finding more – and more flavourful – plant-based food in their midst, amid anxiety about human and planetary health, COVID-19 and pandemics.
The results of a Reporting ASEAN survey give interesting views into how Southeast Asians interact with news and misinformation, including amid COVID-19. Plus – a total of 99% said they had ‘average’ to ‘excellent’ skills in judging the reliability of content.
Meet the Vietnam Anti-Fake News Center, the newest kid on the fact-checking block in Southeast Asia. It doesn’t work like fact-checkers work elsewhere, but the COVID-19 infodemic has created new spaces for such initiatives within the limits of the media scene.
Myanmar’s journalists are no strangers to working in hostile settings. But the February military coup throws up questions about what may be left of the profession of journalism, which has been around for just a decade in the Southeast Asian country.
Remember the hoax claiming that alkaline foods can protect you from COVID-19? The ‘contact tracing’ of its viral trail, in this story, shows that as challenging as fact checking is, the work must continue.
A year after #COVID19 came to Southeast Asia, the infodemic around it is going strong in Myanmar – and adapting to new issues such as vaccines. Also in Burmese and Vietnamese.
Misinformation and disinformation around COVID-19 continue to thrive, but Malaysians also have more trust in traditional media compared in recent years.
Thailand’s management of COVID-19 has earned praises. But as the pandemic persists, the country’s pre-existing challenges in development are starting to show – and cause worries.