Locals rediscover streets and beaches in resorts absent of foreign tourists (The Guardian)

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Typical holiday destinations across Europe are seeing an influx of a new type of visitor: local staycationers

The Decline of China’s Kingdom of Women (The Diplomat)

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Chinese Singaporean lawyer Choo Waihong portrays the slow decline of the culture of the Mosuo, one of the last remaining matriarchal societies in the world

What does the coronavirus mean for single-use plastics? (Equal Times)

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In Europe, the EU still intends to go ahead with the ban on single-use plastics as of 2021, but plastic consumption has also increased considerably due to the fear of catching the virus
Spain’s health workers

Spain’s health workers overburdened and undersupplied in coronavirus fight (South China Morning Post)

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More than 15,000 workers infected as hospitals struggle with a lack of test kits and protective gear

Coronavirus and Rohingya Refugee Camps (The Diplomat)

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The first confirmed case in Cox’s Bazar, on March 24, is a serious concern for aid workers

Spain’s Chinese community’s fight against coronavirus and xenophobia started early (South China Morning Post)

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Weeks before the country went into lockdown, many Chinese-run shops had closed and workers in the remainder wore masks. When the infection arrived, fears of racially motivated insults were realised from abuse on the street to social media attacks
Domestic violence in Thailand

Severed penis, murdered ex-wife: what’s behind Thailand’s rise in domestic violence? (South China Morning Post)

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Hundreds of women and children report abuse each year, according to official figures, but these are only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ rights groups say

Aceh, Indonesia: When Dating Meets Sharia Law (The Diplomat)

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In Aceh, young people have to reconcile their daily life with a strict version of the sharia law

Is there room for transgender rights in the ‘New Malaysia’? (The Diplomat)

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Activists believe that the transgender rights in Malaysia under the new government have not changed at all, or have arguably gotten even worse

Underage maids trafficked in Singapore (The Diplomat)

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Official figures are unknown, but activists against child labor see new cases of maids trafficked in Singapore every year

Lost in transition: How it really feels to be transgender in Thailand (South China Morning Post)

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Despite its international reputation as a haven for members of the LGBT community, growing up teen transgender in Thailand can be tough – as Ari’s story shows

Sharia is here to stay in Indonesia’s Aceh (The Diplomat)

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Sharia in Aceh is here to stay. Even an attempt just to hold Sharia-dictated canings in private was ultimately unsuccessful