Issue 18

The Constitutional Court in the 2016 constitutional draft: A substitute King for Thailand in the post-Bhumibol era?

On 29 January 2016, the Constitution-drafting committee presided by Meechai Reechupan issued the official draft of a new constitution. This draft is the third since the 2014 coup took place on 22 May 2014. The most controversial issue in the first and second drafts was the creation of unelected organs given special powers allowing them to take over the administration or impose legislation under [...]

Vietnam’s Urban Middle Class: Rapidly Growing, Slowly Awakening

Approaching the three decades anniversary of the introduction of the Doi Moi reforms, Vietnam is often presented as a poster-child of economic development. Vietnam’s successes like poverty alleviation and one of the highest growth rates in the region have been internationally acknowledged. As a result, the Vietnamese people not only were saved from the famine that was looming in the 1980s, [...]

“Family” making in Sino-Thai Relations

This article is to set a broad proposition about examining the Sino-Thai relations through cultural linguistic aspects. In this regard, today it is common to hear leaders from China and Thailand frequently express their close ties by stating that “the Chinese and the Thais are the same family” (中泰一家親). The frequent explanation of this intimacy normally refers to their mutual [...]

Familial Transphobia and Kinship of Opens in Myanmar

In Myanmar a range of vernacular Burmese terms and borrowed English expressions are used to denote gender and sexual minority subject positions. The main male subject positions are apwint (“open”), apôn (“hider”), homo and thu nge (“guy”). Opens are males who act and appear feminine. For opens, taking female hormones, imported from China, is a common although not universal rite of [...]

Transfobia Dalam Keluarga dan Kekerabatan di kalangan kelompok “open” di Myanmar

Di Myanmar, pelbagai istilah sehari-sehari dalam bahasa Burma dan sejumlah ungkapan yang dipinjam dari bahasa Inggris dipergunakan untuk merujuk posisi subyek minoritas jender dan seksual. Posisi subyek laki-laki utama adalah apwint (“terbuka”/ bahasa Inggris: ”open”), apôn (“bersembunyi”/”hider”), homo, dan thu nge (“pria”/”guy”). Kelompok “open” adalah laki-laki [...]

Living in a State of Suspension: Emotional Dimensions of Normative Violence Towards Indonesian Queers in Islamic Legal Discourse

Debates on homosexuality and religion in Indonesia have moved onto centre stage following recent announcements of two Islamic legal proposals to prosecute nonnormative sexualities in the country. The two developments have been the passing of a criminal bylaw under the Syariah implementation in Aceh Province (, 29/09/2014), which penalises people who are caught engaging in same-sex [...]

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