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Socio Cultural

Gender inequality is exacerbated in the face of unprecedented change

AAYLF delegate from Australia Elise Giles explores the tragic prevalence of gender inequality, particularly in post-disaster and crisis situations. More than ever, our region is facing unprecedented changes ranging from natural disasters, to the climate crisis and geopolitical instability. Recent predictions indicate that by 2050 much of Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam could all but …

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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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Endgame: Why YOUth should engage in the migration debate

As world leaders struggle to keep their heads above the shifting sands of global migration, the youth must rise up to one of the most pressing challenges of our time. Migration is a complex, highly-politicized topic that runs circles around most modern governments. Whilst most migrants are believed to be in pursuit of economic opportunities, …

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