During the pandemic, “immodest” or ungrateful receiving by the poor has been strongly denounced both by the state and middle-class donors.
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.
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.
Infection rates appear low in NTT, but the economic impacts of the pandemic combined with poor harvest yield are potentially devastating.
"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.”
Women in Rakhine state are doubly jeopardised when the threat of COVID-19 intersects with war.
Technological solutions like TraceTogether will only effectively if people believe it’s there to help them.
Who gets to be categorized as vulnerable and receive much-needed economic assistance?
History lessons on epidemic disease monitoring systems from the League of Nations' Singapore Bureau.
Military interventions are preventing essential medical aid and health workers from reaching people.
Peera Songkünnatham on the military's troubled response to COVID-19, and the King's absence
The success of large-scale social restrictions is heavily reliant on effective coordination.
Fears of escalating repressions are growing as the state of emergency laws are used to arrest opposition affiliates and a journalist.
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.
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.
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.
An ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression is impacting the access to essential information.