Spain’s health workers

Spain’s health workers overburdened and undersupplied in coronavirus fight

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More than 15,000 workers infected as hospitals struggle with a lack of test kits and protective gear. I wrote this article for the South China Morning Post and appeared in its cover   Spain’s health workers Overburdened…

Coronavirus and Rohingya Refugee Camps

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The first confirmed case in Cox’s Bazar, on March 24, is a serious concern for aid workers I wrote this article for The Diplomat Rohingya and coronavirus As countries close their borders and ask their citizens to stay home to prevent…

Spain’s Chinese community’s fight against coronavirus and xenophobia started early

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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 I…
Domestic violence in Thailand

Severed penis, murdered ex-wife: what’s behind Thailand’s rise in domestic violence?

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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 I wrote this article for the South China Morning Post. Domestic violence in Thailand After…

Is there room for transgender rights in the ‘New Malaysia’?

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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. I wrote his article for The Diplomat magazine Transgender rights in Malaysia Nisha…

Underage maids trafficked in Singapore

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Official figures are unknown, but activists against child labor see new cases of maids trafficked in Singapore every year. I wrote this article for The Diplomat magazine Maids trafficked in Singapore Ma Wain Wain from Myanmar struggled…

Lost in transition: How it really feels to be transgender in Thailand

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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 I wrote this article for South China Morning Post Teen…
Adolescentes transexuales en Tailandia - Ilustración de Olivia López

Papá, no soy tu niña

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Los adolescentes transexuales en Tailandia se suelen sentir desamparados ante la falta de información y aceptación. Jay nos cuenta su caso Escribí este artículo para El País Planeta Futuro Adolescentes…

Sharia is here to stay in Indonesia’s Aceh

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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 I wrote this article for The Diplomat Sharia in Aceh In Indonesia’s conservative province of Aceh,…

Forced seduction: problematic rape scenes persist in Thai soap operas

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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…

Was Buddha a Feminist?

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The first fully ordained Thai female monk in the Theravada tradition caused a controversy that continues 15 years later. The question is: Was Buddha a feminist? I wrote this article for The Diplomat Was Buddha a Feminist? The Venerable…

Would moving Indonesia's capital work?

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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   This article was previously published in South China Morning Post Indonesia's plan to…