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ASEAN Sets Sail with Its Indo-Pacific Vision

ASEAN looks to carrying out forms of engagement with major powers in its Outlook for the Indo-Pacific, which ASEAN Leaders endorsed earlier in 2019, writes Kavi Chongkittavorn in this Reporting ASEAN analysis. It defines ASEAN’s concept of the Indo-Pacific – wider than the usual Asia-Pacific and linking this to the Indian Ocean region – and its engagement with major and middle powers in this region.

Thinking ASEAN, Studying in ASEAN

Student exchange programs, the challenge of discovering one’s own region and curiosity have combined to encourage more young Vietnamese to pursue university education in ASEAN countries. They are leading the way in deepening Vietnam’s affinity with ASEAN, while widening their own horizons, reports Thanh Nien’s Uyen Diep for the Reporting ASEAN program.

Vietnam, ASEAN and Free Trade Pacts

‘ASEAN integration’ has become something of a mantra since the launch of the ASEAN Community in 2015. But removing the obstacles to deeper trade linkages among the 10 ASEAN member states remains a work in progress. Nguyen Hanh of Tuoi Tre News tells us why in this feature done with the Reporting ASEAN program.

 

For Young Vietnamese, ASEAN is A Workplace

As Vietnam deepens linkages with other ASEAN countries, more younger professionals are venturing into the region in search of work, professional development and meaningful life experiences beyond the homeland. Thanh Nien News’ Diep Uyen looks into how ASEAN integration has made more Vietnamese regional, and global, citizens.

Voices from CLMV, and A Tribute to ex-ASEAN Sec-Gen Rodolfo Severino

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#VoicesfromCLMV is the hashtag that journalists from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam created for this story series they are part of in the Reporting ASEAN program, its founder/editor Johanna Son said at the April editorial workshop of the CLMV Integration Series. She also said it was not possible to discuss storytelling related to ASEAN without paying tribute to former ASEAN secretary-general Rodolfo Severino, who passed away earlier in the month.

How Thailand Sees its Role Driving ASEAN to the 4th Industrial Revolution

Sustainability is the key priority for Thailand during its ASEAN chairmanship for 2019. This, in turn, points to ASEAN’s need to address the impacts and challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or “4IR”, so that  the ASEAN Community can catch up with, and make good use of, global innovations to help sustain long-term development. This commentary by the Department of Information of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs explains how Thailand aims  to push this issue.

Thailand Puts Its Spice into ASEAN 2019

Keen to bury memories of the diplomatic black eye it got when local protests threw into disarray its ASEAN chairmanship in 2009, Thailand is bent on making sure that this year’s meetings not only go well – but close at yearend with a clear, spicy Thai flavor to ASEAN 2019. Reporting ASEAN’s Johanna Son reports.

Call for Proposals: Story Grants for Reporting on ASEAN Issues

The CLMV Integration Series of the Reporting ASEAN program is looking for quality story proposals from journalists who are curious about issues beyond their national borders and want to go beyond their regular news routines. If this describes you, this may be your editorial project! Deadline for application: 1 March 2019.

After 20 Years, Cambodia Has Reaped Benefits from ASEAN

In recent years, Cambodia has been criticised for not investing enough in ASEAN. But this analysis by Chheang Vannarith makes the case for Cambodia viewing ASEAN as the catalyst of regional economic integration and economic diversification, a shield to protect its sovereignty and independence, and a platform to promote its national identity and prestige.

Becoming ASEAN, Two Decades Later

In this commentary for Reporting ASEAN, Kavi Chongkittavorn makes a case for why the acronym ‘CLMV’, which sets Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam apart, is increasingly out of place some two decades after they became full members of ASEAN.

Reporting ASEAN’s New Project Kicks Off

The Reporting ASEAN program has a new media skills-building program around reporting fellowships and training with the aim of understanding ASEAN integration and issues better, for stronger storytelling from the perspective of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam, also known as the CLMV countries. Watch out for our stories.

Q & A: ‘Hostility Toward Media Can Be A Ticking Time Bomb’

Myanmar has become a case study for how disinformation, fake news and hate speech affect online space and content, and therefore, public perceptions and debates. In this Q & A, The Irrawaddy’s Moe Myint shares his insights about the challenges, some of them very dangerous for professional journalists, thrown up by the toxic online environment marked by misinformation and deep divisions in Myanmar today.

Teashop Talk: Brushing Up on ASEAN Stories

In the first episode of our Teashop Talk, Reporting ASEAN’s Johanna Son talks to senior media trainers about where coverage of ASEAN issues is in Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Vietnam, and what skills would help local journalists report more creatively and confidently about regional matters.

Q&A: In the New Burma, ‘Democracy Alone is Not Enough’

“I didn’t want to be a journalist, but of course I didn’t want to be a political prisoner either,” editor and author Kyaw Zwa Moe said. “But I just did what I believed I should do.” He talked to Reporting ASEAN’s Johanna Son at the July launch of his book ‘The Cell, Exile and New Burma’ in Bangkok.

Developed and Displaced in Southeast Asia

BANGKOK, Jun 30 – Families moved to distant, poorly equipped resettlement areas to make way for railways in the Philippines. Villagers still dealing with the loss of access to livelihood resources decades after dam construction in Thailand. Communities in Indonesia seeing their lands converted to palm oil plantations run by privately held concessions.

Jul 11: Launch of Book on Burma & Chat with Author

From Burma’s prisons to the 1988 uprising and to the border towns and communities of displaced ethnic groups, ‘The Cell, Exile and the New Burma’ revisits many of the stops in this Southeast Asian country’s more recent history. What does Burma’s past tell us about the future?

Q&A: ‘Accountability Separates Journalism from Everything Else’

Navigating the news in Southeast Asia requires separating fake news from professionally done media products, discernment and evaluation, highlighting how the media landscape has changed. In this Q & A with Reporting ASEAN’s Johanna Son, Hong Kong University’s Masato Kajimoto talks about the need for news literacy – and media credibility.

For Urban Asylum Seekers, Uncertainty is the Certainty

A permanent state of uncertainty is how life is for asylum seekers and urban refugees in Bangkok and other Southeast Asian cities. Often invisible in the cities they live in, they cannot work legally and do not have papers to stay for long periods of time, even if the process of seeking asylum takes years, reports Johanna Son*.   

Q&A: ‘We Have Propaganda In Our Brain’

Myanmar may be a politically freer country, but has many more challenges to media freedom today. In this chat with Reporting ASEAN’s Johanna Son,  Yin Yadanar Thein, the co-founder of Free Expression Myanmar, says the country’s undemocratic habits – including the Aung San Suu Kyi-led government’s policies toward the press – will take a long time to unlearn.

 

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