Exposure to violent death in a #colonial conflict in which they play no part is only the most dramatic manifestation of the #hyperexploitation & neglect that #Thais in #Israel have suffered over the last 30 years. But it is no coincidence that many of the #RuralAreas where #migrants are concentrated - including the #Lebanese border region as well as the area neighboring #Gaza — are also #hotspots of #violence.
Agnes Chow, a high-profile #HongKong #activist who was jailed over 2019 #OroDemocracy protests & charged w/ #ForeignCollusion, has moved to #Canada & says she will probably never return to Hong Kong to meet her bail conditions.
In social media posts on Sun., Chow said she'd moved to Canada to study & was suffering mental health impacts as result of pressure & restrictions she was under in Hong Kong, awaiting trial on #NationalSecurity charges.
Love that they love to talk about us, but also, please. This is a country that gifted American politics with Ian Miles Cheong. Take a number. This is nothing on the Grifter Scale. #TootSEA
A photo from the kitchen of the home I grew up in:
- the metal fixture on the bottom right is for laundry. We stick clothes out of the kitchen so they air dry (with poles). In 90F weather every day, clothes dry in hours. Almost no one has dryers
- red and white apartment building is another public housing apartment, just like the one I'm in
- tall gazebo in the top left: from the tall modern condos that house foreign / visiting university professors' families
One popular belief is that the #SierraMadre is some sort of a force field dome that protects humans from bad weather. That's a myth.
Soon the third week into my business trip. No chance to get running. It has been a great trip so far. Just sharing some random pics.
Bald in der dritten Woche Geschäftsreise. Keine Möglichkeit zum Laufen. Es war eine gute Reise bisher. Hier einfach einige Bilder.
“People living in the coastal areas of Surigao Del Sur and Davao Oriental in the Philippines have been told to evacuate to higher ground.
Tsunami warnings have also been issued by authorities in #Japan.”
The PH ranks 20th of 113 countries in the latest English Proficiency Index by Education First.
ASIAN RANKINGS (Wikipedia "EF English Proficiency Index")
2) Singapore (631)
20) Philippines (578)
25) Malaysia (568)
29) Hong Kong (558)
49) South Korea (525)
58) Vietnam (505)
73) Mongolia (482)
79) Indonesia (473)
82) China (464)
87) Japan (457)
90) Myanmar (450)
98) Cambodia (421)
101) Thailand (416)
Maginhawa (Street) Arts and Food Festival today in Quezon City.
Why does BM separate gus from sekaligus as if it’s a standalone word?
Written by an Indonesian for a Singaporean media, obviously edited by the BM editor at Mediacorp.
The #CivilRights network Campaign Against #StateRepression (#CASR), even as condemning what it calls “brutal #repression” on the #Adivasi #slumDwellers of Salia Sahi in #Bhubaneshwar by the #Odisha police, has said that the #crackdown was against the #tribals struggling for #LandRights in order to “stop the attempts at #LandGrab by the government.”
#Vietnam’s “rice bowl” delta region, where #MekongRiver empties into #SouthChinaSea, is predicted to run out of #sand in just over a decade. Losses to riverbed are devastating lives & harming the local economy.
Over the past 2 decades, #HydropowerDams upstream on the #Mekong restricted flow of sand to the delta. And #SandMining to feed Vietnam’s construction boom is depleting resources, according to a major #WorldWideFundForNature (#WWF) report.
#SoutheastAsia’s 2nd largest #bank filed a claim against #SuBaolin, a #Cambodian passport holder, last month, seeking about S$19.7 million ($14.7 million) mostly from a residential mortgage, according to #legal documents seen by Bloomberg.
In recent years, #Singapore has proudly celebrated its #CulturalDiversity. However, beneath the surface, the city-state grapples with the pervasive issue of #racism. From controversial advertisements to workplace discrimination, instances of #RacialPrejudice have surfaced, prompting a critical examination of #SocietalAttitudes and the need for change.
Over the last decade, the #Philippines has witnessed an alarming #surge in #HIVcases & has gained #notoriety as the country with the fastest-growing human #immunodeficiency #virus (#HIV) #epidemic in the #AsiaPacific region.
Local food can be considered bizarre in other places and cultures. How will #Singapore dishes fare in, let’s say, Japan?
Singapore-based YouTuber Ghib Ojisan posted a video on Nov 20 with the title, Japanese girls try Singapore's stinkiest #food for the first time.
The #Philippine Embassy in #Israel said on Thursday that Nora Babadilla is in “good health” and has been reunited with her brother at a hospital in #TelAviv, #Israel, two days after her release from captivity by #Hamas militants.
She was taken captive by the militant group while her partner was killed.
The #UnitedNations (UN) Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) will visit the #Philippines this week to assess how the government has implemented recommendations it made during its first visit in 2015.
The group #Karapatan said it will raise a number of issues with the #UNdelegation, including alleged #torture against #PoliticalPrisoners & #documented #violations of the anti-torture & anti-enforced disappearances laws.
#Thailand is poised to celebrate the #inclusion of the #SongkranFestival on the #UnitedNations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (#Unesco)’s list of the world’s #intangible #CulturalHeritage, which will be formally announced at a meeting in #Botswana on Dec 6.
Global rights group #HumanRightsWatch (#HRW) has criticized #Thailand for forcible repatriation of thousands of #Myanmar refugees to their conflict-stricken country where they face risks of violence and death.
#China’s #HozonNewEnergyAutomobile has started assembling vehicles in #Thailand at its first overseas #factory as it steps up its efforts to tap the #SoutheastAsian market.The #Shanghai-based #carmaker said in a statement to the Post on Fri. that it built the first right-hand-drive version of its #NetaVII, an #electric compact SUV, at its #Bangkok plant on Thurs., about 2 months ahead of schedule. #Hozon is also known as #NetaAuto.
The #DigitalEconomyCentre (#PEDi), which was created to offer #collective #InternetAccess for the less privileged in #rural areas, now serves as a #catalyst for the #DigitalEconomy to help uplift the #socioeconomic status of local communities.
This is a strategy that offers opportunities for #BritishColumbia #businesses, according to #BCgovernment & #VietnamGovernment officials & business leaders who spoke at an event hosted by both governments.
#Vietnamese firms and their #Chinese peers inked 21 #agreements & #economic contracts in agro-forestry-fishery import & export, trade, logistics & high-tech agriculture at a November 30 #BusinessNetworking #forum held in the northern coastal province of #QuangNinh.
Talks are part of prep for a possible visit to #Hanoi by #ChinesePresident #XiJinping, which would further confirm Vietnam's increasingly #StrategicRole in #GlobalSupplyChains as major powers including the #UnitedStates vie to gain influence there.
In a #JointStatement, 10 local & #Indigenous groups from 4 regions in #Indonesia said they had high hopes that the #RSPO’s grievance mechanism would be able to provide #justice for them, as their #LandRights had been denied by operations of RSPO members.
“We doubt the advantages of the RSPO in terms of defending and upholding the rights of #native populations, nearby communities, and land users who lost their lands & forests,” the communities said
We Hokkiens just called them "pao" and what I have here is "bak pau", which has a barbecue pork filling. The ones without filling are called "mantao".
Baozhi had been eaten in China for more than a thousand years from as early as the Song dynasty.
Some people peel off the outer layer before they eat but I like to eat with it. In the past that's because of hygiene as the baozhi is handled by hands that are often dirty.
I know cultural appropriation is a biggie in the #UnitedStates
But as a person who comes from a country where people happily culturally appropriates from each other, and who descended from who people who culturally appropriated & married into British, Chinese and Malay culture ... I never understood the rage around it in the US.
A quick reminder that the world may look at some issues very differently :)
Weee now sells my favorite Malaysian granola in the U.S.
#Indigenous rights doesn't automatically mean ethnonationalism. How is this difficult.
But sure, tread the same poisonous path we took. Others too. At the end of the day it's just pain talking exacting pain on other people, usually not even the people who stepped on you https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/305590
DOH On Alert Versus ‘Walking Pneumonia’ | OneNews.PH
Maybe DOH can help us find a way to regularly test for this? And provide us with further guidelines?
*I'm on #TeamElephant*
The accident & #pachyderm reprisal occurred Sunday night in #Gerik, a region about 300 kilometres north of #KualaLampur. According to a police statement, a car driven by a 48 yr old man accompanied by his wife & 23 yr old son struck an #ElephantCalf at about 7:35 p.m. local time.
Coastal cities in #SoutheastAsia, including #Bangkok, #Jakarta & #Manila, face a mutually risky future: they’re sinking as #SeaLevels around them are rising.
Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from #Thailand, in partnership with the #UnderToldStoriesProject at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
According to the #investigation, a posh #GamblingDen inside a hotel in #Nonthaburi province’s #Ngamwomgwan area just north west of #Bangkok that police raided on November 29 belongs to #ChineseBusinesspeople.
I have a tenuous link to today's world news outside of simply being Malaysian: almost two decades ago* I was in Cambodia for work, and had time to visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. A Cambodian colleague of mine recommended I should carve some time to go anyway and they came along with me. They waited outside or at least didn't follow me through the whole museum and I definitely insisted that they don't have to follow.
I'm not making this post to talk about how I felt walking through that building, seeing things like their hanging tree and all that. I just remembered my colleague waiting for me, and crying even as they tried to talk about those years, because their family was among those murdered there by the Khmer Rouge.
Another person made famous by Duterte's deadly war on drugs.
Rappler journalist Patricia Evangelista's book "Some People Need Killing" has been named The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2023.
Is this the former DPM Heng Swee Keat’s famed East Coast Plan? #TootSEA #TootSG #Singapore https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/long-island-east-coast-park-unveiled-technical-studies-decades-long-project-ura-3947836
Last week Israelis used the Malaysia-Singapore rivalry to create friction by saying Malaysians are anti Israel because Israel helped Singapore become its own state and has now prospered into a high income nation. They didn’t count on Singaporeans and Malaysians joining forces to fight back the claims.
People who don’t understand ASEAN geopolitical issues fail to realize that ASEAN countries don’t necessarily go into political fights (because we all know each other’s dirty laundry so we keep that unmentioned).
We ASEAN citizens fight about our regional heritage claims and whose food is better (it’s Thailand and Vietnam)! They also called Malaysia a bully. Buddy, nobody gets to shit on Malaysians except us Indonesians. Nobody.
On the island of #Okinawa in #Japan, #Indigenous #HumanRights have become a rallying cry. It’s home to a #USmilitary base used by #Canada, a base that’s been a source of #conflict and #controversy for decades. Neetu Garcha recently travelled to Okinawa and spoke with locals about what they want changed.
#Chinese and #Indian nationals may stay for up to 30 days #VisaFree, Anwar said in a speech at his People’s Justice Party’s annual congress in #Putrajaya on Sunday. This would be subject to security screening, he added.
“origins of Indo-Chinese food go back over 100 years and lie in Calcutta.
In the 19thC, thousands of Chinese migrants arrived for work in the city, then the capital of British India.
Cantonese migrants worked in carpentry and the ship-fitting industry, while Hakka Chinese worked in the tannery and food business.
The first Chinese eatery was opened in the 1850s.”
I hesitate to invoke the hashtag, but I am not succeeding in this search on my own.
#TootSEA: do you know of anywhere that sells clothing (preferably shorts) with the 100 Plus logo/branding on them? Thank you for your consideration 🙏
Every time I am forced to put something in recycling, I think of how that actually means dumping it in my home region, SE Asia
The only reliable way to recycle is to eliminate plastic as far as possible.
Plastic recycling is a failed idea, and a pollutant of the developing world.
This is a longtime family favourite #food snack. It's been a long time since I've made some. It's like a spicy fish jerky. Packs well for outings.
How.... Is this a thing.... How... Do you dehumanize Palestinians so much you can't tell apart them and a Southeast Asian? (Like ... Try looking in the mirror if you're confused. There's no special Muslim filter that makes your native-to-the-area™️ ass* that different (just don't open your mouth like I don't open mine in Indonesia if I want to get local pricing 😌))
*Mum: "why are they even fighting they look like cousins"
Me: "skill issue"
Video from a show and tell I did this month: I show some work I’m putting together into my first zine, ‘Equator Home’ (about my love and longing for Southeast Asia)
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Ahahaha now got writeup already https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3242483/malaysia-singapore-users-x-slam-israeli-activists-bid-sow-discord-between-neighbours-were - 'The post has united Malaysians and Singaporeans, who say both countries are an example of a successful ‘two-state solution’ and benefit from having strong bilateral ties'
As we head into the winter here in the northern hemisphere, I find myself missing the colors and smells of Indonesia.
Photos from my trip in September. Roadtrips to Tretes with my best friend's family are always precious.
(Nikon FE, 50mm f1.8, Kodak Gold 200)
LMAO first thing I did was trying to find if they did a similar call-out post for Indonesia. In the meantime Malaysia Boleh etc etc etc
doing a food log planner adjunct so i can look back at what I ate 😘 but also so I can use my stickers now that I remembered where I've been keeping the stash that led to my repentance to not losing my mind over stickers unless it's food-related. #stationery CW: illustrations of food #TootSEA #Malaysia
The older Titiyon said his people did not previously have the concept of #LandOwnership, but this place is where he & his family have always been. So how can others have a claim? It is a fair point. About half of #Taiwan’s land mass-mostly the mountains that form the island’s central spine-is categorized as the #TraditionalLand of #Indigenous peoples. It remains under their control at the local government level.
I found myself agreeing a lot with this Chinese Cooking Demystified video. The southern Chinese (especially tribal) foods near the border with Southeast Asia has a lot more in common with Lao or northern Thai food than with say, Shandong food (which in turn more closely resembles Korean food). The idea of nation states falls flat in the culinary sense.
“When the #villagers went out to protect the pond, I don’t know who mobilized hundreds of police, soldiers and gangsters to force them to leave the area,” a resident of #PhongYen neighborhood, told #RadioFreeAsia
When I was in high school I worked at a fancy Thai restaurant and (because every Thai chef thinks I’m a cute Thai girl) I ate so well, every single day. Just all the chefs cooking me a different dish whenever I looked at the kitchen.
It was the best job ever.
Malaysians are such that this year's Michelin announcement of more additions from Malaysia has barely registered - I only saw it days back from my news feed, and I've yet to see it gone even mildly viral. Compared to last year, but mainly it was in the disbelieving tones of, what the fuck is this, and, if this makes the list where the fuck have they been eating, and, cheh KL Penang only Bib Gourmand only, and not to forget, well ok that's one more place we'll just let the tourists and expats go. Hater game strong 🤣 (I'll probably check them out... When I remember to. That said, quite a bit I can't go to anyway which just means I'll forget hahahaha) #TootSEA #Malaysia
The delight that my random kitchen adventure (because I need to finish the impulse purchased broccoli that is now a week old) resulted in a gwailo soup (broccoli & white bean) made with a base of Asian fixings (fish sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, Taiwanese vegetable seasoning, and Chinese mushroom stock) 🤣 I panicked because I couldn't find my bottle of minced shallots.
Being an immigrant from a country once described in the New Yorker as “Culinarily, the most homesick people I have ever met” is a trip. I am most sad at breakfast. I miss having a hundred breakfast options, most of them good noodles, or things with spices.
On the bright side, my cooking skills have surpassed that of all of my friends who have never left home for long periods of time.
This is my Indonesian music playlist
It makes me very slightly less homesick
I can’t even begin to tell you what a massive improvement it is for my mental health that there is now an Indonesian coffee shop near where I live in SF; that PLAYS LAGU GALAU (emo Indonesian music; one of my major music genres!)
It just opened, and.. hearing this music, and this language, around me in a place where I sometimes feel unmoored and far from home, is just a godsend.
It’s taken me till my late 30s to understand the impact of growing up autistic in a deeply conformist society.
On the one hand, being autistic shielded me from some of the worst aspects of growing up there (Singapore). Literally not being able to understand society’s unwritten rules makes it hard to follow them. However, there are still social costs of not doing so, and I was probably masking a significant amount.
I don’t know how to switch that off.
If I ever have 6 months of free time in the future, I’d like to spend a month in each of these places in Southeast and South Asia: Manado, Mentawai, Sabah (not sure which part but I love all of it), Chiang Dao, Bangkok, Sikkim. Mostly revisiting old faves, but also very much missing my old life where all of those places were not exotic, just accessible.
LOL US$1.2M public housing apartment in my home country (that you no longer own after 99 years). I’m screwed on the home buying front everywhere.