South & Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia hardly hits the international news if not for its embroilment in territorial disputes or being affected by natural disasters. Reporting only incidents deemed “significant” sometimes results in a news perspective that parallels a “deficit narrative.” Bhutan is more than just Gross National Happiness; Bangladesh is more than just sweatshops; Singapore is more than just an illiberal democracy. Stereotypes harm dignity. Let’s challenge perspectives.
The South Asian and Southeast Asian regions boast myriad cultures and this section of The Caravel seeks to present the various facets of Asian societies – going beyond just economic and political coverage to present societal and even cultural news.
Editors: Caroline Schauder and Ridwan Meah