THAILAND AT NEW MANDALA

Thai political rap before it went viral

The young rappers who shot to national attention when they released Prathet Ku Mi honed their skills in a vibrant Thai indie rap scene that has been growing bigger in recent years—and growing more political, too.

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SEE THE NEW MANDALA ARCHIVES

Where in the world is Cambodia?

The international community needs to take seriously the scepticism of many Cambodians about its intentions.

Introducing ‘Rupture: nature–society transformation in mainland Southeast Asia’

Studying structural reconfigurations of nature and society in the Mekong region and beyond.

VIDEO: Researching ‘rupture’

Videos of the Crawford School's 'Rupture' workshop

MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

Malay dominance remains despite UMNO’s rout

Despite the routing of UMNO at GE14 amid regime change, Malay politicians still dominate the new coalition government.

Ways of seeing a ‘moderate Muslim nation’

As long as the global attitude towards religious issues doesn't change, and Malaysians themselves mostly stay silent on these issues, the temptation will always be to smother dissent in the ‘invisibility cloak of religion’.

New regimes, old policies and a bumiputera reboot

Will current levels of caution on Bumiputera policies persist, or will the new government seize the opportunity to reform? Will it remain fearful of being accused of sidelining Malays, or will it make Malays more capable and competitive?

The uses and abuses of Singaporean history

A falsified version of Singaporean history has found resonance among the conservative fringe in Latin America.

A New Malaysia? #3: reform roadblocks with Bridget Welsh & Shamsul AB

Two leading scholars on the ideological and institutional legacies Pakatan Harapan inherits from the BN regime.

A New Malaysia? #2: Media with Boo Su-Lyn & Zurairi AR

What has and hasn't changed about how the media report on politics and policy after GE14?

Indonesia & East Timor

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Watch the 2018 ANU Indonesia Update

Expert speakers discuss the state of Indonesia's politics and economy in 2018, with the focus on the status of minorities.

Film review: ‘Asimetris’

A provocative documentary examines the asymmetries of Indonesia’s oil palm boom, but leaves some difficult questions unaddressed.

Ma’ruf Amin and the inclusion–moderation thesis

Would high political office discipline Ma’ruf Amin’s conservatism, or would his conservatism influence government policy?

Why we should be funding research on the post-Orientalist arts of the Straits of Malacca*

A personal reflection on the importance of academic freedom

PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST

Philippines beyond cliches #5: Beauty

Is Pia Wurtzbach, winner of Miss Universe 2015, the contemporary articulation of Philippines beauty standards?

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BOOK REVIEWS

DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS?

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Wielding the purse strings of Southeast Asian civil society

Illiberalism at home, and pro-market ideologies abroad, are putting pressure on Southeast Asian civil society organisations' financial health.

Southeast Asian cyberspace: politics, censorship, polarisation

The internet is both a factor in, and a victim of, the region’s crisis of democracy.

Old dominance, new dominoes in Southeast Asia

Democracy in the region finds itself in dark days. Can anything save it?