Socio Cultural

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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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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Make the Pledge: what can youth do to tackle poverty and health?

Our Youth & the SDGs mini series author Leonie Nahhas takes a thought provoking look at how youth can challenge the impacts of poverty and poor health and wellbeing. MAKE THE PLEDGE ‘No-one will be left behind’ is the pledge we have taken as global citizens in response to the United Nations 2030 Agenda and …

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Save Pulau Pari: the risks of increased tourism in the ASEAN region

WRITTEN BY HWEI-SEE KAY Two hours by ferry from the bustling Big Durian, Jakarta, is Pulau Pari (Pari Island). Pulau Pari is located in the Thousand Islands regency, a popular weekend destination for those looking to escape Jakarta and an area that has been earmarked by the Indonesian government as one of the ‘ten new …

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ASEAN’s renewable energy resistance will leave it defenceless against climate change

“Renewable energy investments must be prioritised. And it must be a cornerstone of the region’s agenda in building a climate-resilient ASEAN.”

Thomas Da Jose writes on why ASEAN must prioritise investment in renewable energy, not just to combat climate change but to ensure the economic growth and energy security of the region.

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