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’ […]

Japan, Japan - Australia relations, South Asia Studies

Linking Student Mobility With Employability: Barriers And Possibilities

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From a report on a cross-sector student mobility roundtable, released March 26 by The Japan Foundation, Sydney.  University students today are encouraged by both government and universities to incorporate overseas learning experiences into their degrees with the aim of improving employment chances. However, a report by The Japan Foundation, Sydney indicates that the links between student […]

Indonesia, South Asia Studies

Muslims versus Muslims in the 2019 Indonesian Presidential Election

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Indonesia is set to hold its presidential election on April 19, 2019. The occasion is the most important democratic event for the people as they will choose a candidate to lead the country until 2024. The excitement of welcoming this democratic exercise can be felt throughout the country. The candidates include the incumbent President Joko […]

Korea

Political scandals hang over Moon’s rush to populist projects

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As South Korea’s left-wing President Moon Jae-in enters the third year of his presidency, he appears to be rushing into two all-out populist projects at the risk of his presidential credibility. First, Moon is rushing into joint economic projects with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un despite Kim’s commitment to denuclearisation remaining uncertain after the collapse […]

India, South Asia Studies

A quiet death: Uttar Pradesh’s rural public health system at the cross roads under Modicare

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The hierarchy of public healthcare facilities in India has been the bedrock of India’s health system since independence. However, the future of the public sector in rural north India is decidedly unclear following the announcement of Ayushman Bharat (long-lived India) by the current Modi government, known informally as Modicare. While the strength of the public […]

Indonesia

Disturbing the troubling silence

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It must be galling for Indonesian historians to see outsiders like Canadian Geoffrey Robinson poaching in their paddock with splendid success. Many locals fear to hunt themselves.  If they beat the undergrowth too vigorously to flush out the events of 1965, they’re likely to be accused of fomenting strife or being painted as sympathisers of […]

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