For such a consequential war, the Sino-Vietnamese conflict is a little-discussed ordeal. But as Hoang Minh Vu, a diplomatic historian of Cold War Southeast Asia, writes here, the bloody invasion by Chinese forces into northern Vietnam was a pivotal moment of 1979 — a year that set into motion a series of events that now shape our modern world.
Hong Hoang is not your typical environmental activist. But then, her path to activism hasn’t exactly been typical either. Starting off as the first Vietnamese person ever to go to Antarctica, Hoang is now the head of CHANGE, one of Vietnam’s most vocal environmentalist groups. That’s a role that isn’t always appreciated, especially in a country where civil society groups often tread carefully to keep themselves out of the government’s crosshairs, but Hoang has led the way on issues from wildlife crime to climate change. Really cool profile here by Globe reporter Govi Snell in Hanoi.
Our latest on Myanmar comes from Globe reporter Kiana Duncan, with this incisive look at the intertwined nature of the coup and Covid-19 in Myanmar. The two form a deadly feedback loop intensifying one another at the expense of the public — a very important piece of reading to understand what might happen next for both.
Our latest piece in partnership with educational organisation Caring for Cambodia is all about equal access. As with many places, Cambodia has a stark divide between rural and urban schools, with kids in the provincial countryside getting shorted on vital resources. How do we close this generations-long gap? You’ll have to read this article by our own Stew Post to find out.
It was a very pleasant surprise when freelance journalist Oliver Haynes contacted us with this piece from the Philippines. But don’t put on your dancing shoes just yet, this Cha-Cha isn’t what you’d expect. In the archipelago nation that is the Philippines, Cha-Cha is shorthand for ‘charter change’, a politically loaded process that opens up the entire constitution to possible amendment. In the last days of the term of President Rodrigo Duterte, a Cha-Cha is building rhythm, leaving a broad coalition of society wary of what the bandleader Duterte may have in store. Tap that link to learn more.