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UNHCR: ’No One Chooses To Be A Refugee’

More people are being displaced by conflict and insecurity in Myanmar after the February coup, having to cross the border to Thailand, or waiting for the chance to do so. But Thailand is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. What does this mean for those whose life and safety are under threat after the coup?

In Laos, A Radio Station That’s More Than Radio

COVID-19 was bad news for many media outlets, but it pushed Lao Youth Radio to experiment. It’s now an online media outlet with infographics and visual stories, keen on hosting networking among young journalists. Reporting ASEAN talks to its founder and managing director, Bounheng Southichak.

Myanmar: ‘We Will Exist During – and Beyond – the Coup’

Amid the brutal crackdown in Myanmar, a journalist tells Reporting ASEAN they will continue to record the story of the popular uprising. They asked outsiders to press for space for journalism and said that in a digital world, there is no longer ‘outside’ or ‘inside’ Myanmar:  “We have professional journalists, technology and platforms.”

Yes, What You Put On Your Plate Matters

“I don’t consume wildlife stuff, so how can eating meat relate to the pandemic?’ If you have asked this before, you will want to dig into this Q&A with ADB environmental specialist Francesco Riccardi.

สัมภาษณ์ แรงงานอพยพในอาเซียน: โควิด-19 ทำให้เราเหลือศูนย์

แรงงานอพยพถูกมองอย่างไม่เป็นมิตรอีกครั้งหลังเกิดวิกฤติโควิด-19 ซึ่งทำให้เกิดคำถามที่ว่า การรณรงค์นานหลายสิบปีให้คนเข้าใจชีวิตและบทบาทของผู้ใช้แรงงานกลุ่มนี้ ไม่ได้ช่วยอะไรเลยเหรอ?

COVID-19: No Words Needed

This set of posters, contributed by Vientiane-based artist Khamhou Phanludeth, brings home the message that in times of chaos, it is human connection that makes all the difference.

Life in Self-Quarantine – A Snapshot

COVID-19 appears to have passed its peak in China, more than two months after it took over global headlines. But life remains far from normal in the Chinese capital Beijing.

ASEAN Identity: Imagined or Real?

Next year, 2020, is the ‘Year of ASEAN Identity’. But 52 years after its creation, ASEAN’s identity markers have been confined to bureaucratic circles instead of seeping into the public, popular sphere. How far can having an ASEAN flag, emblem go? Kavi Chongkittavorn explains in this commentary for the #ReportingASEAN series.

From Laos to Bangladesh: Notes from A Rohingya Refugee Camp

For Lao film producer Vannaphone Sitthirath, a two-hour visit to the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh leads to reflections about the gift of having options in life, and questions about practices like polygamy. She shares these thoughts in this article for the Reporting ASEAN series.

‘ASEAN Opens A Big Gate for Vietnam’

2 OCTOBER 2019 | Reporting ASEAN Vietnam is fully plugged into Asean as Southeast Asia’s regional family, Tran Viet Thai of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam says in the conversation below. Vietnam becomes Asean Chair next year, and 2020 marks the country’s 25th anniversary as a full Asean member. Mr Thai explains how Asean has […]

ASEAN Sets Sail with Its Indo-Pacific Vision

ASEAN looks to carrying out forms of engagement with major powers in its Outlook for the Indo-Pacific, which ASEAN Leaders endorsed earlier in 2019, writes Kavi Chongkittavorn in this Reporting ASEAN analysis. It defines ASEAN’s concept of the Indo-Pacific – wider than the usual Asia-Pacific and linking this to the Indian Ocean region – and its engagement with major and middle powers in this region.

Voices from CLMV, and A Tribute to ex-ASEAN Sec-Gen Rodolfo Severino

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#VoicesfromCLMV is the hashtag that journalists from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam created for this story series they are part of in the Reporting ASEAN program, its founder/editor Johanna Son said at the April editorial workshop of the CLMV Integration Series. She also said it was not possible to discuss storytelling related to ASEAN without paying tribute to former ASEAN secretary-general Rodolfo Severino, who passed away earlier in the month.

How Thailand Sees its Role Driving ASEAN to the 4th Industrial Revolution

Sustainability is the key priority for Thailand during its ASEAN chairmanship for 2019. This, in turn, points to ASEAN’s need to address the impacts and challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or “4IR”, so that  the ASEAN Community can catch up with, and make good use of, global innovations to help sustain long-term development. This commentary by the Department of Information of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs explains how Thailand aims  to push this issue.

After 20 Years, Cambodia Has Reaped Benefits from ASEAN

In recent years, Cambodia has been criticised for not investing enough in ASEAN. But this analysis by Chheang Vannarith makes the case for Cambodia viewing ASEAN as the catalyst of regional economic integration and economic diversification, a shield to protect its sovereignty and independence, and a platform to promote its national identity and prestige.

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