Southeast Asia Archive

A Thai student holds a poster reading "vote no = no coup " at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Thai voters on Sunday overwhelmingly approved a new junta-backed constitution that lays the foundation for a civilian government influenced by the military and controlled by appointed - rather than elected - officials. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
37(4) Fall 2016, Global Notebook, Politics, Southeast Asia

Voice and the Thai Referendum

A few days before Thailand’s constitutional referendum this August, I watched as government-sponsored “get out and vote” ads flashed across screens in one of the stations along Bangkok’s...
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37(4) Summer 2016, Economics, Global Notebook, Human Rights, Southeast Asia

Rethinking Thai Sex Work: The Mistress Culture

Thailand’s sex industry is the elephant in the room for the Tourism Authority of Thailand. In the exotic, traditional, conservative picture painted by the...
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Asia, Global Notebook, Southeast Asia

The Gentrification of Thai Gymnastics

My first introduction to female artistic gymnastics in Thailand was through the Din Daeng Gym: a loud, hot, chaotic place. Powder was flying everywhere...
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Asia, Blog, Southeast Asia

Land of the Golden Pagodas

“Lands Without” is a blog by Jasmine Chia on travels in Asia.  It’s 8:40AM in Yangon. The sun has already bleached the sky bright...
A Pheua Thai election poster in Kon Kaen with the words "ทักษิณคิด...เพื่อไ่ทยทำ" which means "What Thaksin [Former Thai Prime Minister] thinks, Pheau Thai does." by Vincent Toldbook. CCA 2.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
Global Notebook, Human Rights, Politics, Southeast Asia

The Privileged Lie of Gender Equality in Thailand

When the Thai Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Pichet Duronkaveroj, came to speak at Harvard, he said, “Thailand doesn’t have a gender problem.”...
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37(1) Fall 2015, Africa, Caribbean, Central America, Economics, Health, Human Rights, Interviews, Middle East, South America, South Asia, Southeast Asia

The MDGs’ Fight to Combat Malaria: Reflections of Special Envoy Ray Chambers

Since your appointment as special envoy for Malaria, over US$4 billion has been raised to combat the disease. To what do you attribute that...
"Sunset on Bangkok" by Diliff. CC BY-SA 3.0, accessed via Wikipedia Commons
Blog, Politics, Security, Southeast Asia

After the Blast

What happens after 7PM, Bangkok time, August 17th 2015? For those in town: a surge of bodies moving as quickly as possible away from...
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Asia, Blog, Human Rights, Politics, Southeast Asia

Not just closed borders: The deeper implications of the Rohingya crisis

The world’s attention has been captured by the predicament of more than 8000 migrants stranded in the Straits of Malacca, with dwindling supplies of food...
In the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Muslims recite the Quran after prayer. "Istiqlal Mosque Reciting Al Quran" by Gunawan Kartapranata. CC BY-SA 3.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
Analysis, Asia, East Asia, Global Notebook, Politics, Southeast Asia

A Different ‘Islamic State’: Analyzing Indonesia-US Relations

When asked to name the country with the largest population of Muslims in the world, one might have an inclination to name a country...