ASEAN

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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Curbing corruption in Myanmar: Significant progress but challenges ahead

By: Hein Thant Swe “If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher” -A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (11th President of India) Corruption is one of the diseases …

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The bursting of the bubble: Why tourism might be hurting Southeast Asia

The potential for tourism to influence the future relationships between Australia and the ASEAN Nations is undeniable. In 2017 alone, Australians made more than 3 million trips to ASEAN countries, and travellers from ASEAN countries made just over 1.4 million trips down under. Young Australians are increasingly attracted to the prospect studying & travelling throughout …

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Dying for Democracy? Over 500 election workers die during Indonesia election

Alexandra Smith is a Third Year Law and Asian studies student at the Australian National University, currently on exchange in South Korea. Over 500 election workers have died and 2,000 more have suffered from fatigue-related illnesses following this year’s Indonesian general election on 17 April. The election, described as the world’s most complicated single-day election, …

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Regulating fake news: The urgency, challenges, and role of the individual

The why, what and how of internet regulations in Southeast Asia and Australia. By: Andrea Chan  “Eye of gold. Thigh of blue. True is false. Who is who?” So begins a stanza in Masquerade, one of the songs in The Phantom of the Opera musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, as the guests waltz around the …

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Growing up between Southeast Asia and Australia

Recently announced Westpac Future Leaders Scholar and AASYP Founding Team member Matthew Page reflects on the realities of growing up between Southeast Asia and Australia, the value of ASEAN-Australian engagement and the biggest challenges facing the region. Tell us about your experiences in Southeast Asia? My experience in Southeast Asia began in 2006 when my …

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