23 May, 2018

Malaysia’s political transformation(s): preliminary reflections

Bridget Welsh

Thinking about the major causes and consequences of Malaysia's historic election result.

GE14 at New Mandala

Malaysia after GE14: transition to what?

Barisan Nasional was in power for 60 years. How does an electoral authoritarian regime get defeated, and will similar regimes in the region follow?

The teka-teki of Indonesian

The second in a series of articles by veteran journalist Frank Palmos, reflecting on his time living and working in Indonesia in the early 1960s.

Millennials won’t rescue Indonesia

Beyond the media hype, the new Indonesia Solidarity Party (PSI) isn’t much different from the conservative, oligarch-linked parties we’re used to.

The Sufi poet and the peculiar whale (part two)

A commentary on the Sufi poem of the peculiar whale, by the 16th-century Malay poet Hamzah of Barus.

Beyond Indonesianness in Indonesian Contemporary Art

Contemporary art can reveal insights into the friction between cosmopolitanism and tradition in Indonesia

PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST

The Khon Kaen Model: eschewing Bangkok-centric development

ขอนแก่นโมเดล: ไม่ยอมซ้ำรอยอนาคตแบบ "กทม." Public services infrastructure in Khon Kaen is being funded and spearheaded by the Khon Kaen Think Tank (KKTT), a group of the province's 20 leading businessmen.

Exposing Victoria’s Secret—and the NCPO’s graft

The raid against Victoria’s Secret was orchestrated by a group within the state that is opposing the growing influence of the Kampol–Chai–Somyot network.

Thailand Mapped กำเนิดเมืองไทยจากแผนที่

‘Thainess’ only truly laid down its roots at the end of the 1970s. ความเป็นไทยหรือการเป็นคนไทยเพิ่งจะลงหลักปักฐานจริงๆก็ในปลายทศวรรษ 1970 เท่านั้นเอง

PHILIPPINES

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First tragedy, then farce: unlearned lessons of reconstructing ravaged cities

The Philippines’ poor track record in reconstructing cities affected by disaster and conflict is manifest in Marawi’s case, a year since the siege.

Happy-washing: how a ‘happiness campaign’ hurts disaster survivors

Tacloban's new tourism campaign is a coverup of five years of post-Yolanda devastation.

Nicole Curato is our Philippines editor

Bringing New Mandala readers fresh perspectives on the causes and consequences of populist rule in the Philippines.

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Call for papers: Myanmar Update 2019

The Australian National University's long running Myanmar Update series addresses the theme of 'Living with Myanmar' in 2019.

Lee Morgenbesser on ‘Behind the Façade’

The New Books in Southeast Asian Studies podcast explores the idea that elections can be instrumentalised by dictators to reinforce their rule.

Can our cities survive climate catastrophe? Ancient Asia may hold the key

The fall of great premodern Southeast Asian settlements offers hints about what climate change has in store for today's megacities.