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Myanmar Musings is the world's leading podcast with researchers and thinkers on issues relating to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this show are those of the interviewees/guests and do not necessarily accord with those of the host or the Myanmar Research Centre.
 
Startup Snapshot is a Tech in Asia podcast that uncovers the raw emotions and roller-coaster journeys that startup founders face when trying to turn their innovative ideas into reality. Host Nathaniel Fetalvero talks to entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the region, discussing how the lessons they've picked up on their startup journey helped shape them into who they are today. Aside from Startup Snapshot, you can tune in to Deep Dive on the first Wednesday of each month, where Na ...
 
From the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University, the Gatty Lecture Rewind Podcast features interviews and conversations with scholars and researchers working in and around Southeast Asia, all of whom have been invited to give a Gatty Lecture at Cornell University. Conversations cover the history, politics, economics, literature, art, and cultures of the region. Interviews are hosted by graduate students at Cornell University, and podcast topics cover the many nations and peoples of Sou ...
 
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Every so often, heartwarming stories emerge of educators and students alike overcoming hurdles in order for learning to continue, whether that’s a teacher travelling over 100 kilometres daily to reach students in rural areas, or a student who spent the night in a tree for better internet connection to sit for her exams. Stories like these tend to t…
 
Dr Gerard McCarthy of the National University of Singapore discusses a mixed-methods research project conducted by himself and three colleagues on how state aid assistance meant to ameliorate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic was perceived by people before the 1 February coup. He also answers questions on the coup and ethnic politics.…
 
What can other nations and multilateral institutions realistically expect to achieve with their responses to the 2021 military coup and the ongoing crimes of the Tatmadaw in Myanmar? Nicholas Coppel, adjunct associate professor at Monash University and former Australian ambassador to Myanmar, delivers straight talk on the limitations of most actors…
 
What is the difference between "functional state failure" and "state collapse", and what is the likelihood of a reduction in conflict in Myanmar's near future? Nicola Williams, PhD Candidate at the Australian National University, talks through how she sees the current contested state of the "State" in Myanmar, primarily stressing the importance of …
 
Salai Samuel Hmung, Masters graduate of the Australian National University, shares his thoughts on the formation of People's Defence Forces and the varied politics of ethnic armed organisations in the wake of the 1 February military coup. This talk was recorded at the Myanmar Update 2021 conference held at the ANU earlier in July, 2021.…
 
Infection rates continue to climb in Malaysia’s latest wave of COVID-19 infections. National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme was launched in February, not long after it was announced that everyone would be included in the vaccination program, including undocumented migrants. However, the Malaysian government later reversed this decision and instead…
 
How do we make sense of all the boomeranging signs and memes associated with the anti-coup movement in Myanmar? Dr Elliott Prasse-Freeman of the National University of Singapore takes us on a semiotic tour of engaged digital ethnography in this recording of a July 15 seminar held at the Myanmar Update 2021 conference.…
 
In this recording from a panel at the Myanmar Update 2021 conference, Michael Dunford, PhD Candidate at ANU, quickly breaks down the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) in relation to what he sees as the ongoing military occupation of Myanmar and colonial political domination of the Tatmadaw. He argues the heterogeneity of the CDM is its key strength…
 
This episode is a recording of the Economic Update delivered at the Myanmar Update 2021 conference on July 17. Edgard Rodriguez of the International Development Resource Centre convenes talks by Vicky Bowman, of the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business and Dr Htwe Htwe Thein, Associate Professor in International Business at Curtin University. Th…
 
In this recorded seminar from the Myanmar Update conference on July 16, 2021, Salai Lian Hmung Sakhon, Minister of Federal Union Affairs in the National Unity Government, talks to Dr Jane Ferguson of the Australian National University about federalism, youth, human rights and the future of Myanmar. He outlines why the Tatmadaw must step away from p…
 
In this recorded seminar, Dr Morten Pedersen, Senior Lecturer in International and Political Studies at the University of New South Wales, Canberra (ADFA), delivers this year's Political Update to the Myanmar Update 2021 conference held at the Australian National University from July 15-17. Morten touches on the reasons behind the 1 February milita…
 
In this recording of a live event from July 15, 2021, Khin Zaw Win, ex-political prisoner, writer, analyst and director of the Tampadipa Institute, sits in conversation with Professor Nicholas Farrelly, Head of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania, to cap off the first day of the Myanmar Update 2021 conference. The pair discuss the state o…
 
This episode is a recording of Yanghee Lee's July 15 keynote address to the Myanmar Update 2021 conference held at the Australian National University. Professor Yanghee Lee is former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar as well as a developmental psychologist and professor in the faculty of Child Psychology and Educatio…
 
This podcast includes references to suicide. These days, almost anyone you meet can talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed their lives for the worse. Salary cuts or a total loss of income, separation from friends and family, and long periods of isolation. It is no surprise that this pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health. But ther…
 
Mark July 15-17 in your diaries, because the Myanmar Update 2021 is coming to town - online, and completely free. The three-day conference features special guest speakers, cutting edge research presentations and Q&A sessions with experts on the current situation in Myanmar. In this episode, Dr Justine Chambers and Michael Dunford from the Australia…
 
For years, HungryGoWhere was the go-to platform for anyone looking for grub and sustenance in Singapore. But last month, the site announced that it’s ending its 15-year run, bidding loyal users - the few who were still around - farewell and thank you. On this episode of Deep Dive, Tech in Asia’s Melissa Goh discusses the events that led to HungryGo…
 
When you hear the word “refugee”, what picture comes to mind? Is it an image of a boat full of people trying to find a safe place to stay, or is it a desolate refugee camp? Often, the narrative we have of refugees is that they are helpless. On this episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to Monique Truong and Leena Al-Mujahed,…
 
In this week's episode of the Gatty Lecture Rewind Podcast, Michael chats with Dr. Juliet Lu about a recent talk she gave at Cornell titled, "'Like China 30 years ago' Chinese Discourses of Development in Northern Laos." Dr. Lu is also a host on the Belt and Road Podcast.By The Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University
 
It is often commented that Facebook is the internet in Myanmar. What does this mean in a country with so many ethnic armed groups, unending civil war, and now another military coup and targeted executions of civilians in major towns and cities? Sparked by a recent article in the Journal of Contemporary Asia, we are joined by two of its authors Stei…
 
Do politicians and rulers have anything to worry about when it comes to the influence of art in politics? This year alone, Fahmi Reza, a Malaysian political graphic designer and activist has been questioned by police five times for publishing his work on social media. Last month in May, it was for his satire piece depicting Malaysia’s health minist…
 
Last month, Indonesia-based super app Gojek and online marketplace Tokopedia announced a merger to form GoTo Group. The move would give both companies a boost against their respective rivals: Gojek against fellow super app Grab, and Tokopedia against Shopee, Sea Group’s ecommerce arm. However, potential redundancies in the combined entity have alre…
 
There's a great new film festival packed full of Myanmar content online for streaming right now. Hear all about it in this conversation with two organisers of the Burma Spring Benefit Film Festival: Jeanne Marie Hallacy, a film-maker and co-founder of Kirana Productions, and Kenneth Wong, author, translator and teacher of the Burmese language at th…
 
After 10 months of protests, in which Thai people took to the streets to call for reform of the monarchy and the political system, more than 600 activists have been arrested and charged for their political expression. In 2021 alone, at least 30 people have been detained on charges of sedition or royal defamation. For months, most were denied bail w…
 
In episode 51 of the Gatty Lecture Rewind Podcast, Michael sits down (virtually) with Professor Ronit Ricci, to discuss a recent Gatty Lecture (and much more!) that she gave at Cornell, titled "From Sarandib, via Lanka, to Ceylon: Exile and Memory in the Colonial Age."By The Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University
 
What exactly is torture in Myanmar and how is it anti-political? Dr Nick Cheesman, Fellow in the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University, discusses his views on how to best understand torture, torturers and torture survivors with intellectual honesty. Nick has spent years reading and analysing torture testimo…
 
In this week's podcast episode of the Gatty Lecture Rewind, Michael chats with Anthony Irwin, a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University, about a recent lecture he gave at Cornell, titled, "Everybody Gets a Sword! The Production and Proliferation of Buddhist Ritual Weaponry in Northern Thailand." Anthony and Michael discuss Anthony's journey to th…
 
Last month, Grab announced its plans to go public in the US via a merger with Altimeter Capital, a special purpose acquisition company. Shortly after, Grab unveiled an investor presentation that revealed previously closely guarded financial details. On this episode of Deep Dive, Tech in Asia industry analyst Simon Huang dives into the deck, parsing…
 
Language has the power to shape our understanding about the world. It’s a cultural, political, and psychological tool that impacts our psyche and the way we relate to people around us. But who gets to decide the meaning of the words we use? In the official Indonesian dictionary, the word “woman” (or perempuan) is listed among compound words that me…
 
In this week's episode of the Gatty Lecture Rewind, Michael sits down with Vinh Pham, a PhD Candidate at Cornell University, to discuss Vinh's dissertation and work on the future of Vietnamese Francophone literature. Vinh will give a lecture at Cornell University on May 13, 2021, titled "Configuring the Future in Vietnamese Francophone: Readings of…
 
In this week's episode of the Gatty Lecture Rewind Podcast, Michael chats with Joe Pittayaporn about a talk he gave at Cornell in February 2021, as part of the Gatty Lecture series. That talk, was titled, "Old Thai and the Arrival of Thai in Central Thailand." Joe and Michael also discuss his broader work on the history of language in Thailand, and…
 
For more than a month, Malaysian authorities detained Nigerian national Simon Momoh even after he had paid a fine and served his one-day jail term for a drink-driving offence. Although a court has since ruled that Malaysia’s Immigration Department had unlawfully detained Simon, his detention and the threat of deportation brought to light the many c…
 
In the 47th episode of the Gatty Lecture Rewind Podcast, Michael sits down with John Burgess, author and former journalist at the Washington Post, to discuss a recent lecture he gave at Cornell, titled, "Cambodia's Angkor Temples as a Military Prize: The World War II Experience." They also discuss John's broader book project, Angkor's Temples in th…
 
In this week's episode of the Gatty Lecture Rewind, Michael sits down with Van Tran to discuss her recent Gatty Lecture, "Activist Resilience under Repression:  The Role of Bystander Protection in the Burmese Pro-Democracy Movement." The organizations and individuals mentioned in the podcast are: (myanmar-now.org), (frontiermyanmar.net), (@the_ayem…
 
On the 1st of February this year, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing launched a coup, aborting Myanmar’s five-year experiment with electoral democracy. The army toppled the civilian government a day before a newly elected parliament was set to take office. State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and hundreds of their allies were arrested. Since then, numerou…
 
Myanmar has a bunch of interesting movie theatres dotted across not only the major cities but also provincial towns and regions. Philip Jablon, Creator of the Southeast Asia Movie Theatre Project, a written and photographic archive of free-standing movie theatres, has carried out extensive research on this cinematic legacy and comes on the show to …
 
Last month, innovation intelligence startup PatSnap raised US$300 million from big-name backers like SoftBank Vision Fund II and Tencent Investment, which the Singapore-based firm says brings its valuation over US$1 billion. But PatSnap’s bid to join the unicorn club wasn’t an easy one. In its early days, potential backers weren’t convinced it coul…
 
In the first episode of Season 6 of the Gatty Lecture Rewind Podcast, Michael sits down with Professor Cheree Quizon to discuss her recent Gatty Lecture, "Beyond Bloody Reds: Notes on the Significance of Morinda in the Bagobo Textile Hierarchy." Michael and Professor Quizon discuss her work in textiles in the Philippines, her current projects, rese…
 
It is a dynamic time in Myanmar politics, with suffering on the streets and conflict at the highest levels - including over the very Constitution of the country. In this podcast Melissa Crouch, Professor in the Faculty of Law and Justice at the University of New South Wales, discusses her book on the 2008 Constitution and analyses recent events in …
 
In 2019, Malaysia’s parliament agreed to lower the voting age from 21 to 18, a move that was supposed to be implemented by July this year. However, a few days ago, it was announced that this will be delayed and pushed to September 2022 instead. This led to speculation about an impending general election, which many think will be called once Malaysi…
 
Over the past few weeks, one company that has frequently been hitting the headlines is Singapore-headquartered Sea. As the biggest Southeast Asian internet business, dwarfing startups and listed companies alike in valuation, every move that Sea makes has people across the tech industry perking up their ears. On this episode of Deep Dive, Tech in As…
 
On this episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to Febriana Firdaus, an independent journalist based in Indonesia, and Leo Plunkett, a filmmaker and video journalist, about their recent documentary, Our Mother’s Land. The documentary looks at some of the women at the forefront of hundreds of rural communities that are in confl…
 
Join Tom Kean and Ben Dunant of Frontier Myanmar, the premier English-language journalism organisation in the country, as they discuss the changes in Myanmar's politics since February 1 through the lens of press freedom. It's a whole new world for the people and the press in Myanmar, as the tug of war continues between the people and the military -…
 
Refugee children in Malaysia are denied access to the formal education system. This leaves informal community-based learning centres as their only option. On this episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to Htoi San Nhkum, director of the Kachin Refugee Learning Center, and Abeera Abdullah, a Fugee School alumni and the co-foun…
 
What is the future of rebel politics in Myanmar? Talking three weeks after major political convulsions at the centre of the Myanmar state, Dr David Brenner, Lecturer at the Department of International Relations at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, discusses his book Rebel Politics: A Political Sociology of Armed Struggle in Myanma…
 
Towards the end of 2020, a number of “buy now, pay later” (BNPL) startups started ramping up their marketing, plastering ads across malls, train stations, and even social media platforms. What led to the rise of this new payment method? And is BNPL here to stay? On this episode of Deep Dive, Tech in Asia journalists Melissa Goh and Putra Muskita di…
 
Art and music have always been a part of social change and activism. They have the power to intervene in politics and create lasting impact. In Indonesia, Efek Rumah Kaca is an indie rock band who have been using their music as a tool to protest against government policies and to comment on other important issues. Their song, Mosi Tidak Percaya, (V…
 
Join us for an elaboration on collaborative museum exhibitions with Dr Georg Noack, Senior Curator for South and Southeast Asia, at the Linden-Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. Georg worked with the Kayan and Kayaw communities in Kayah State to develop a new exhibition both in person and online that focuses on the region’s many material cultures. Visit…
 
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