COVID-19

Moral economies: the politics of donation in Thailand under COVID-19

During the pandemic, “immodest” or ungrateful receiving by the poor has been strongly denounced both by the state and middle-class donors.

Filipino students use “padungog-dungog” to resist educational inequality

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.

Mayors are keeping the Philippines afloat as Duterte’s COVID-19 response flails

In the Philippines, local governments are stepping up to cover gaps in national public health and welfare infrastructure.

Vietnam’s public loudspeaker system: a means of communication to combat COVID-19

While not resource-rich, Vietnam's intelligent communication methods helped maintain zero recorded deaths from the pandemic.

“Stay at home”: COVID-19 and rising domestic violence in Myanmar’s informal urban settlements

In the manufacturing hub of Hlaingthaya, migrant women often live in isolation.

Coping with the economic fallout of COVID-19 in upland Java

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.

COVID-19 mitigation measures compound an economic crisis in Sumba

Infection rates appear low in NTT, but the economic impacts of the pandemic combined with poor harvest yield are potentially devastating.

Indonesia’s agro nationalism in the pandemic

"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.

Ambág and Bayanihan: The Communal Values of Philippine Populism

...grounding democracy in ambág and bayanihan can help heal the polarized political landscape in the Philippines.

Who will look after Lola during the pandemic?

Filipino grandmothers often bear the brunt of providing and caring for their families. The Duterte government's COVID-19 response overlooks them.

Dignified quarantine: indigenous strategies for containing COVID-19 in Indonesia

“For hundreds of years, we’ve been practising so-called self-quarantine. Long before the recent COVID-19 outbreak. We called it besesandingon.”

Fighting on two fronts: the women facing conflict and COVID-19 in Rakhine state

Women in Rakhine state are doubly jeopardised when the threat of COVID-19 intersects with war.

Does Singapore need mandatory contact tracing apps?

Technological solutions like TraceTogether will only effectively if people believe it’s there to help them.

Myanmar’s economic relief plan risks excluding vulnerable populations

Who gets to be categorized as vulnerable and receive much-needed economic assistance?

The Singapore Bureau: lessons from Asia’s first early warning system for epidemic diseases

History lessons on epidemic disease monitoring systems from the League of Nations' Singapore Bureau.

Myanmar military increases coronavirus risk and threatens peace in ethnic minority communities

Military interventions are preventing essential medical aid and health workers from reaching people.

Tourlong Thailand

Peera Songkünnatham on the military's troubled response to COVID-19, and the King's absence

Can Indonesia’s fight against COVID-19 overcome troubled central-regional coordination?

The success of large-scale social restrictions is heavily reliant on effective coordination.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen regime introduces repressive emergency laws under cover of COVID-19

Fears of escalating repressions are growing as the state of emergency laws are used to arrest opposition affiliates and a journalist.

From the field: COVID-19 responses in Central Java

While reports of central government mismanagement are widespread, local and regional officials are implementing sound strategies that account for limited resourcing.

Nick Cheesman talks to Sara Davies about her new book on the politics of disease outbreaks in Southeast Asia

Sara Davies joins us for a coronavirus pandemic special on New Books in Southeast Asian Studies to talk about health security and political sovereignty in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Letter to coronavirus

From Timor-Leste, 'this is not a friendly letter. You’re like the black storm clouds that block us from seeing the moon.' Dadolin Murak reflects on what humanity might learn from the challenges we are facing.

Launching: Southeast Asia in the time of coronavirus

Our new series looks at coronavirus in Southeast Asia through diverse lens, and invites authors and readers to reflect and speculate on what we can learn from this crisis and all it brings.

COVID-19 gives cover for threats to freedom of information and expression in Myanmar

An ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression is impacting the access to essential information.