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
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

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

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

Forced seduction: problematic rape scenes persist in Thai soap operas (Southeast Asia Globe)

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Rape in Thai soap operas is a problem. It is routinely depicted as a precursor to romance, with female protagonists shown falling in love with their rapists. But, led by an outraged viewer, the country’s television industry is starting to examine its normalisation of sexual violence

Would moving Indonesia's capital work? (South China Morning Post)

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Experts say Indonesia's plan to move capital from Jakarta will not solve Jakarta’s overpopulation problem, as many people might not want to leave  

Faith divides us: Malaysian families are being torn apart by the secret conversion of children to Islam

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Embittered spouses are secretly converting their children and using the country’s dual legal system to gain an upper hand in custody battles This article was previously published in Southeast Asia Globe printed edition Indira Gandhi’s…

How the murder of a Malaysian transgender woman exposed fears over an islamic penal code

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The brutal killing of a florist shocks activists who say it must be seen against a backdrop of rising conservatism that threatens the LGBT community This articule was previously published in South China Morning Post LGBT…

The forced pregnancies of the Khmer Rouge

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The forced pregnancies of the Khmer Rouge are forgotten by the court set up to judge the communist regime’s crimes This article was previosly published in The Diplomat The forced pregnancies of the Khmer Rouge Souk (not her…

Desperate times for Cambodia's farmers

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After facing a long drought, Cambodian farmers now fear the arrival of La Niña and possible floods This article was previously published in The Diplomat Drought in Cambodia The first rainfall this year did not arrive until…

Maid in Singapore

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Conditions for domestic workers in Singapore are improving, but many still face abuse and exploitation I published this article previously in The Diplomat Domestic workers in Singapore The dream of…