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In the medical culture of the Bugis and Makassar peoples in Indonesia the word koroq means that the penis is actually shrinking, or retracting, but the Dutch in the 19th-century East Indies did not believe it was real. shutterstock

Is shrinking penis syndrome a delusion or a real thing?

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

A group of Southeast Asian descendants wants to be recognised as Indigenous Australians

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.
Rapper Skibkhan in the video for ‘Shob Chup,’ which condemns the culture of silence around poverty and inequality in Bangladesh. YouTube

Bangladeshi rappers wield rhymes as a weapon, with Tupac as their guide

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. Thiranun Kunatum/Shutterstock

Trans-ASEAN education can play a role in building a regional community

Southeast Asian countires have a goal to integrate their higher education network to give young generations a truly regional experience. Is it possible?
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

Indonesia drags its feet on ASEAN haze treaty

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.
Bill Nye the Science Guy leads a crowd of scientists in the April 22 2017 March on Science in Washington, DC. Aaron Bernstein/Reuters

Yes, climate change matters: international scientists appeal to Trump on his first 100 days

Scientists from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe take on the White House with facts from the ground they stand on.
Give small amounts as you pass by makes you feel good but is rarely enough to make any significant or lasting difference. Dmitry Kalinovsky/Shutterstock

Can travellers transform a beggar’s life with a generous gift?

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…

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