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Soda and pork intestines: When COVID-19 relief operations miss the mark

As a developing country with one of the highest cases of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia, relief operations in the Philippines are seen to be a lifesaving act to people in need. Unfortunately, some relief operations have been poorly allocated, abused by beneficiaries, and hindered by asymmetrical coordination between different actors. Primitivo III “Prime” Cabanes Ragandang explores.

What does it take to run a major event in Myanmar?

Our Chief Operating Officer Cameron Allan interviewed Khin Phyu Syn Kyi , Public Relations Officer of the first Model ASEAN Meeting Myanmar and 2019 #AAYLF delegate about the success of her latest projects and her advice for young people in the region.   Cameron: Tell us a bit about yourself. K: My name’s Khin Phyu Syn Kyi or K for …

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They left and returned for a reason: Thoughts on Vietnamese-Australian Diasporas reconnecting with their roots

AAYLF delegate from Vietnam Nguyễn Minh Tiến (Tony) shares his insights about the key challenges in preserving and celebrating Vietnamese culture and identity within the Australian diaspora community.  “When mentioning the [Vietnam] war, a million people feel happy but another million feel miserable.” This saying of the former Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam …

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Combating Cyberbullying in Southeast Asia: How ASEAN Can Adopt A Regional Approach

“I cried a lot as soon as I saw their comments,” said Ma Ma (name changed due to privacy reasons), in an upsetting tone. “We were not that close so I supposed they never had any grudge or hatred against me. That’s why I didn’t have an idea of being involved in this kind of …

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Refugees in Southeast Asia: Avenues for Action in ASEAN and Australia

Beneath the glitzy, modern towers of central Jakarta, with the sun reflecting its heat upon the ground, a handful of tents are perched on the side of the road, right next to the UNHCR building in Kebon Sirih. These tents however are not temporary; these have been the permanent homes for many refugees stranded in …

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More than just memes: How Subtle Asian Traits has become a cultural gamechanger

Adehlia Ebert, Adeline Tinessia The rise of social media has seen the emergence of myriad new forms of individual & group expression. Arguably the most noticeable of these new forms of media is the  inescapably ubiquitous cultural phenomenon that is the ‘meme’. While still widely regarded as frivolous internet guff, memes are proving to play …

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