Asia

Doku Rai: Challenging our image of East Timor

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“We are brothers, we support each other. But the question is, does Australia think of us like brothers?” Colonised for centuries by the Portuguese and occupied later by Indonesia – East Timor’s struggle for Independence is well remembered by Australians. But outside of politics how much do we really know about the island nation? A [...]

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President Thein Sein Australia visit: Burmese community reacts

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“I want to use my freedom, I want to use my knowledge to give them whatever I can… This is my duty, to fight.” The leader of Burma is about to make a historic visit to Australia. President Thein Sein is the first to visit the country since 1974. After decades of harsh military rule, [...]

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Twilight Parade 2013: Sydney ushers in the Year of the Snake

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More than 100,000 thousand people flooded Sydney’s CBD to watch the annual Lunar New Year Twilight Parade. The 2-hour long spectacle was headed by an 80 metre long float modelled on the Chinese legend of ‘Lady White Snake’ – mythological half woman, half spirit who falls in love with a man. More than 3,500 performers [...]

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Special SBS Report: Mandarin’s growing influence in Hong Kong

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“There’s more of a future as a global citizen in Mandarin… It makes strategic sense, it makes good business sense.” For the first time this year Mandarin has overtaken English as the second most spoken language in Hong Kong. As Christy and Kenny Au get ready for school early on Monday morning, their mother Queenie [...]

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Special SBS Report: Singapore poised to change death penalty laws

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“We should be considering whether or not encouraging a culture of state-sponsored hanging is really the solution to violence in society, or, as some would argue, the cause of violence in society.” Known for its tough stance on drug-trafficking, Singapore is one of the few developed countries with a mandatory death penalty for importing certain [...]

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The Philippines Project: The end of a journey

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In January I opened my laptop at a gate lounge in Sydney airport and described what I thought I had in store for the following few weeks. What happened between now and then was an overwhelming project of first-hand research, extensive documentation and quite an emotional roller-coaster: a very personal investigation into a dark trade. [...]

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Special SBS report: Child sex tourism in the Philippines

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The opening of the Clark airbase and Subic Bay naval base just three hours north of the capital Manila created the designated ‘sex hubs’ of Angeles and Olongapo City that exist today. At its height in the 1970s and 1980s, tens of thousands of US officers roamed the area, using it as their playground. Fr [...]

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The Philippines project: Maria’s story

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“They knew how old I was. That I was just 13 years old… but that’s what they wanted. Children that young.” *Maria is one the bravest people I’ve ever met. I was introduced to her by one of the organisations I visited. She was 15 years old when she was rescued from a casa. She’d [...]

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The Philippines Project: Stopping the cycle of exploitation with Talikala

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“They have very low self-esteem… they’re called dirt of the society, good-for-nothing children.” The saddest fact about sex-trafficking is that its victims are left so damaged and stigamatised, the only place they are able earn income, even once they escape being sexually exploited, is to return to it. The aim of the staff and volunteers [...]

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The Philippines Project: Empowering communities with Child Alert

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“Recruitment is very rampant… the recruiters are going house to house while the van is waiting.” There are many uncontrollable factors which contribute to the problem of sex-trafficking in the Philippines, but Child Alert believes that the key to addressing the problem lies in capacitating local Filipino communities. The anti-trafficking and child rescue organisation operates [...]

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