February 19, 2020

Duterte is deliberate, determined, deadly – but also disappointing

Many see the Philippine President as an erratic, Trump-like figure. He is not. He is deliberate, determined and deadly. But time is running out for Duterte. The republic will soon be gearing up for the 2022 Presidential polls for which the former Davao Mayor cannot stand (since the fall of Marcos in 1986, Presidents can only hold office for one six-year term). Has the strongman wasted his mandate?
February 10, 2020

The fragility of Western Democracies

The Americans have demonstrated that the highest office in their land and the most powerful in the world—the Presidency—can be manipulated for personal gain, that their political elite will actively enable this. It seems that they are the most recent to join a list of "Banana Republics".
February 5, 2020

The second coronavirus is a ‘moron strain’

There is a second coronavirus, a ‘moron strain’, driving panic on social media globally. It seems that Asians are just as susceptible to hoaxes as our American and European friends. Ever since news of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) became public knowledge, a deluge of misinformation and anti-growing Chinese sentiment has bombarded social media.
January 31, 2020

Peranakan Chinese: The hidden diversity in Southeast Asia

Netflix is celebrating Chinese New Year 2020 by releasing, “The Ghost Bride”, which is set in 1890s Malacca, Malaysia’s historic entrepôt. It’s basically a schlocky ghost story: about a young woman who marries into a wealthy family to escape debt. Here’s the catch: the groom is deceased. But what is also surprising—and anachronistic—is that, despite seeking to highlight the Chinese Peranakan culture, the series’ dialogue is in Mandarin.