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A note from the new (old) editor

Liam Gammon edits New Mandala from 25 November 2022.

Martial Law nostalgia and Ilocano youth: reimagining the Marcos legacy

Recounted experiences from elder generations in Ilocos clash with national facts, and young people have to choose between the two.

A conversation about Vomit Girl: Mai Nguyen-Long talks to Elly Kent

Studying Vietnamese folkloric practices, the artist has crafted objects that reflect the aesthetics of creative subversion and resistance.

No health without mental health! A forum from the ANU Indonesia Institute

With advent of COVID-19 mental health became everybody’s business. Join our webinar to find out how this impacts the field.

“Perempuan Merdeka” women’s art exhibition at the 39th Indonesia Update

The artists’ playful images expose societal norms and offer alternatives to understanding women’s position in society

Time to take a bow for the “Bossku” show that had many going

Last week, it became clear that the perception that Najib has huge public support is false.

Our Grandfather Road—The (gendered) body & place in contemporary Southeast Asian art

Against monolithic narratives of womanhood, nationhood, regionalism; emphasising body & environment.

Civil society in the Mekong: What can we learn from environmental struggles?

As political space contracts, the role for informal networks or coalitions expands.

New Books in Southeast Asian Studies: Supalak Ganjanakhundee on “A Soldier King”

...how far can earlier interpretations of Thai politics be adapted to explain the growing influence of the monarchy...

SDGs in North Sumatra: climate action, peace, justice, and institutions

...local government appears to be taking no clear steps toward mitigating natural disasters and climate change.

NBSEAS talks to Jonathan Saha on “Colonizing Animals: Interspecies Empire in Myanmar”

Saha brings together the emerging field of animal studies with the more established field of postcolonial studies.

Symptoms of anti-Intellectualism in Indonesian democracy

Returning pressure onto public intellectuals, as Luhut did, only increases the public’s support for the dissenters

NBSEAS: Nu-Anh Tran’s “Disunion: Anticommunist Nationalism & the Making of the RVN”

The RVN was heir to a revolutionary tradition that developed out of the anti-French resistance, that was quite distinct from the communist one to the north.

Violated: Churches and religious freedom in Aceh Singkil, Indonesia

Recently introduced local regulations further narrow the space for reconciliation and human rights-based pluralism.

NBSEAS “Cambodia: From Pol Pot to Hun Sen and Beyond”

Despite best efforts to fashion Cambodia into a model liberal democracy, Hun Sen and the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) have eliminated all opposition.

Thai Youth Movements in Comparison: White Ribbons in 2020 and Din Daeng in 2021

All youth groups are calling for change, but at different levels.

The Costs of Repressing Islamists

The banning of FPI or any other “anti-Pancasila” group is not a shortcut to ending deep-seated discrimination against minorities.

Mental health in Indonesia: then, now and things to come

A webinar for World Mental Health Day will showcase small sample of extraordinary individuals sharing their experiences in mental health in Indonesia.

Invoking memories of Darul Islam

Reports from Afghanistan and contemporary memory activism teach us that memories of trauma run deep, as the author and others have found among the Sulawesi survivors of DI/TI.

Vale Dr Ni Win Zaw, Head, Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Yangon

Dr Ni Win Zaw’s vision and commitment to development of education will take considerable time to replace.

Malaysia: The New Political Normal, for Now

The promise of the “New Malaysia” that would emerge after the historic 2018 election has been delayed again indefinitely.

The election, the pandemic, and the coup: insights from the 2021 Myanmar Update

The health response has been repeatedly undermined and hampered by the authoritarian tendencies of coup leaders.

‘The East’ in a transnational context: The Indonesian War of Independence in film

Ethical questions around Dutch soldiers’ actions on which the film reflects are less urgent in Indonesian films.