Cases of so-called ‘forced conversions’ of Hindu women to Islam have been at the forefront of Pakistan and Indian news. But what about the women’s own choices?
Many conversions of Hindu women in Pakistan are harnessed as a means to an end and not necessarily the initial objective.
In the medical culture of the Bugis and Makassar peoples in Indonesia the word
means that the penis is actually shrinking, or retracting, but the Dutch in the 19th-century East Indies did not believe it was real.
Koro is widely believed to be a culturally localised delusion. But a theory that it's a fight-or-flight reflex might be corroborated by studying traditional healing treatments in Indonesia.
Cocos Malay photo from the 1910s showing a wedding procession that is still practised today with the groom pictured going to the bride’s house accompanied by members of the community.
Wikimedia Commons/From the book 'Coral reefs and islands' authored by Jones, F. Wood (Frederic Wood), 1879-1954, Published by Lovell Reeve & Co. , Ltd. London. Photo digitized by Smithsonian Libraries Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
In the 1800s, a group of Southeast Asians were taken to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, now part of Australia, by an English merchant. Their descendants are seeking Indigenous status from Australia.
While many of its Asian neighbours are striving to get smoking under control, Indonesia is the stubborn exception.
Fighter? Taiwan’s first female president, Tsai Ing-wen.
EPA/Ritchie B. Tongo
The measure of women's political advancement isn't the number of female leaders, but the changes they make to everyday women's lives.
Rapper Skibkhan in the video for ‘Shob Chup,’ which condemns the culture of silence around poverty and inequality in Bangladesh.
In voicing youthful outrage over inequality and violence, Bangladeshi rappers are creating a powerful form of protest music — just as American MCs have done for 40 years.
Exchange students from several universities in ASEAN countries at a university in Thailand. Encouraging trans-ASEAN student mobility is a huge challenge.
Southeast Asian countires have a goal to integrate their higher education network to give young generations a truly regional experience. Is it possible?
A democrat? Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen casts his ballot during local council elections, June 2017.
Dark days lie ahead as democracy is dismantled.
In 2014, Indonesia ratified an ASEAN treaty to tackle transboundary haze in the region. But, as of now, Indonesia has yet to enact regulations at the national and local level.
Reuters/Antara News Agency
It took 11 years after the treaty came into force for Indonesia to ratify the agreement in 2014. But two years in, Indonesia has yet to enact regulations at the national and local level.
Women living below the poverty line will be empowered by UBI.
It could make women agents of change and development in Southeast Asia.
Bill Nye the Science Guy leads a crowd of scientists in the April 22 2017 March on Science in Washington, DC.
Scientists from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe take on the White House with facts from the ground they stand on.
Erik De Castro/Reuters
The US is the largest donor to the United Nations Population Fund, which mandates access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health services and voluntary family planning.
The region faces some of the world's highest rates of habitat loss, as well as direct over-exploitation of species.
Giant clam shells seized by authorities in waters off Australia’s north.
Prized species such as sea cucumbers are increasingly being poached from Australian waters. But if foreign aid can give fishing crews alternative livelihoods, the problem could ease.
Give small amounts as you pass by makes you feel good but is rarely enough to make any significant or lasting difference.
Travelling almost always involves confronting experiences with abject poverty. As you step out of the pampered cocoons of hotels, restaurants and airline cabins and see destitute people sleeping on streets…
A 16-year-old Karen boy, swims in the Salween River at the Myanmar-Thai border.
Government strategies promoting economic growth through the development of the biodiverse Salween river basin should not be at the cost of human rights.
The 37,000 year old Deep Skull from Niah Cave in Borneo is the oldest modern human skeleton found in island Southeast Asia.
Another look at a skull unearthed in Malaysian Borneo 60 years ago can shed light on the mystery of how early humans moved throughout Southeast Asia thousands of years ago.
Academics have sent an open letter to the World Health Organisation calling for the Olympics to be postponed or moved because of the Zika threat. They're overreacting.
Round ‘em up.
Washington has been trying to corral the ASEAN countries into a unified bloc against China – but it could actually destabilise the region further.
On the trail in Quezon City, east of Manila.
EPA/Francis R. Malasig
He's a womaniser, a tyrant and a firebrand. Will the Philippines put its support behind a controversial strongman?