Southeast Asia, Technology, The Philippines

Rethinking Filipinos’ social media use in the electoral process

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The Asia-Pacific recently saw several countries in the region hold elections just days apart. Last month Australia, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, all displayed their respective versions of electoral democracy. There were clear differences, but one commonality is social media having a big role in the entire election process, from campaigning to the casting of […]

ASAA prizes, Southeast Asia, Vietnam

The Nguyen Weather-world – ASAA thesis prize winner

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Dr Kathryn Dyt was awarded the 2018 John Legge Prize for best thesis in Asian Studies, here she tells us about her work. Can you tell us a bit about your thesis. What’s the problem it explores and what did you find? My thesis, The Nguyen Weather-world: Environment, Emotion and Governance in Nineteenth-Century Vietnam, is […]

Singapore, Southeast Asia

Las Vegas in Singapore: Violence, Progress and the Crisis of Nationalist Modernity

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This post is based on the author’s recent book published with NUS press. Marina Bay Sands (MBS), one of Singapore’s two Integrated Resorts (read: casino), is probably the most recognisable building in and outside of Singapore today. During an open-house session I attended in 2017, a spokesperson of the company boasted that “anyone who ‘googled’ […]

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