Another entry in the not quite award-winning series, Observed the Other Day. Today, a modest timelapse around Yangon, Myanmar, including the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda, only partially obscured by scaffolding.
Indonesia has one of the most free-wheeling democracies in Southeast Asia, following years of authoritarian rule that only ended with the ouster of President Suharto in 1998. But observers say this election could be a key turning point for the country. Indonesians will choose between a political outsider who preaches reform, and a former military general with direct ties to the old regime—and polls suggest the race is neck and neck with only days to go before election day.
At 24, Samnang looks like many Cambodian men his age, dressed in a fitted plaid shirt and skinny jeans. Samnang is not his real name; he’s only agreed to let me record our conversation if I don’t identify him. He’s not shy, though, when asked about the first time he and his friends forced a woman to have sex. For PRI's The World, a look at Cambodia's alarming problem of gang rape.
The Khmer Rouge split families apart in a ruthless bid to remake society. Decades later, many families are still searching for missing loved ones, unsure if they are alive or dead. For Khoem Sarom and others like him, a reality television programme offers a last chance at a reunion after years of uncertainty.
Until a few years ago, Wayan Tuges had no idea what a guitar sounded like, let alone made one from scratch. Today, his instruments can sell for thousands of dollars each. From Bali, Indonesia, the story of how a traditional wood carver and spiritual leader turned his skills into an unlikely global business crafting high-end guitars. A radio feature for PRI's The World.
There was a time when Khmer people with Chinese roots in Cambodia used to hide their ethnicity. These days, many young people are just as eager to learn about Chinese culture as China is to export it. In a street-front Chinese classroom, students step around parked motorbikes and fill the seats. The school is one of many in the capital that have profited from a surge in demand because of China's conspicuous investment boom in Cambodia.
A former soldier tries to atone for the sins of his past, while another just wants to learn to swim. They're both recruits hoping to join what would be the country's first team of underwater de-miners. A radio feature with photos.
More Muslims live in Indonesia than in any other country. But for people who are transgender, practising Islam can be difficult in the country’s more conservative mosques. Now, one person has started her own Koran study group specifically for transgender Muslims. It’s the first of its kind in the country.
Myanmar, also known as Burma, is pushing to develop its energy sector. But new hydropower dams and mining projects are exacerbating tensions between the military and armed ethnic militias, leaving civilians trapped in between. A radio feature.