During the pandemic, “immodest” or ungrateful receiving by the poor has been strongly denounced both by the state and middle-class donors.
LGBTQ+ Indonesians are driving some of the most effective community responses to the hardships of the pandemic.
Many Filipino students don't have computers or internet access for online learning during COVID-19. On "subaltern social media strategies" for demanding equitable access.
Extraordinary measures may in the long run jeopardize civil liberties and constitutional democracy.
In the Philippines, local governments are stepping up to cover gaps in national public health and welfare infrastructure.
While not resource-rich, Vietnam's intelligent communication methods helped maintain zero recorded deaths from the pandemic.
In the manufacturing hub of Hlaingthaya, migrant women often live in isolation.
Some rural villages have escaped the virus so far, but downturns in tourism and market demand for produce may yet exacerbate already challenging economic conditions.
Indonesian disability activists are leading action to assess needs and advocate for the inclusivity in the government's COVID-19 response.
Infection rates appear low in NTT, but the economic impacts of the pandemic combined with poor harvest yield are potentially devastating.
The President's handling of the Social Amelioration Program in the regions seems to betray an intention to consolidate centralised power.
"Can Indonesia have food security without security?" Colum Graham looks at who really benefits from the government’s recent measures to address Indonesia’s food crisis.
...grounding democracy in ambág and bayanihan can help heal the polarized political landscape in the Philippines.
Filipino grandmothers often bear the brunt of providing and caring for their families. The Duterte government's COVID-19 response overlooks them.
“For hundreds of years, we’ve been practising so-called self-quarantine. Long before the recent COVID-19 outbreak. We called it besesandingon.”
With tourism making up a relatively small portion of Indonesia’s GDP, investment and household consumption do the heavy lifting in this trillion-dollar economy.
Young people are at a higher risk of mental health conditions when compared to the rest of the population, leading to poorer health outcomes, human rights violations and local and global economic loss.
Women in Rakhine state are doubly jeopardised when the threat of COVID-19 intersects with war.
Reports emerging of anti-communist attacks in cities and rural areas, arrests of activists and union members, and military action in spite of a declared ceasefire.
Technological solutions like TraceTogether will only effectively if people believe it’s there to help them.
Is adherence to social restrictions being used as "an uncritical litmus test to judge good and bad citizens?"
Who gets to be categorized as vulnerable and receive much-needed economic assistance?
Waning philanthropy has exacerbated the risks COVID-19 poses to Southeast Asia.
But there are lessons to be learned.
History lessons on epidemic disease monitoring systems from the League of Nations' Singapore Bureau.