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What’s in a Name? Unraveling Naming Conventions in Southeast Asia

First-time visitors to Southeast Asia often find themselves mystified by local names. They ask: Are one-word names considered given names or surnames? Which part denotes the surname in multi-word names (the current record is 12 words)? Why do spouses, and even parents and children, have different names? This article explores some of the common naming What’s in a Name? Unraveling Naming Conventions in Southeast Asia

ASEAN-ROK Youth Metaverse Idea Contest: Reimagining Cultural Preservation

In May 2023, the Business Insider published an article titled “RIP Metaverse: An Obituary for the Latest Fad to Join the Tech Graveyard,” signalling the gloomy future of the industry. The metaverse was on everyone’s lips just two years before, bolstered by promising claims. Back in 2021, it was almost a daily feature on various ASEAN-ROK Youth Metaverse Idea Contest: Reimagining Cultural Preservation

Strengthening ASEAN-India Ties: A Vision for Future Collaboration

Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, recently delivered a lecture at Nalanda University in India, focusing on “The Future of ASEAN” amidst the evolving strategic landscape. Dr. Kao highlighted ASEAN’s enduring relevance and resilience, emphasising ASEAN Centrality and the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) as guiding principles for regional engagement.

The ASEAN Economic Community Digest: Developing Sustainable Tourism in a Post COVID-19 ASEAN

The tourism sector is a significant contributor to the ASEAN Economy. Before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the travel and tourism industry generated approximately 12 per cent of ASEAN’s combined GDP and provided jobs to 42 million ASEAN people (ADB, 2022). Nonetheless, international tourist arrivals plummeted by more than 80 per cent, and tourism revenue The ASEAN Economic Community Digest: Developing Sustainable Tourism in a Post COVID-19 ASEAN

ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Policy Brief No. 1 (2024): Strengthening the Climate Financing Ecosystem in ASEAN

by Gopi Krishnan (C&G Analytica), Sonia Kumari (Universiti Malaya), VGR Chandran Govindaraju (Universiti Malaya), and J.S. Keshminder (Universiti Teknologi MARA) Climate change is an existential threat that poses catastrophic environmental impacts and exacerbates poverty, health issues, and social inequalities. A product of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Research and Development Platform on Climate Change, this ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Policy Brief No. 1 (2024): Strengthening the Climate Financing Ecosystem in ASEAN

In Your Words: ASEAN 2045

As the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community maps its vision to respond to trends and challenges in the next twenty years, The ASEAN continues the conversation on people’s concerns and hopes for the future. The team aimed to involve various perspectives in this endeavour, reaching out extensively to gather insights. We received responses from our readers, social In Your Words: ASEAN 2045

Mapping the Vision: ASCC Launches a Robust Monitoring and Evaluation System

The ASEAN Socio-cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint 2025 is a comprehensive roadmap towards realising an ASEAN Community that engages and benefits the peoples and is inclusive, sustainable, resilient, and dynamic by 2025. It is guiding policy frameworks and institutions for ASEAN Member States, and enhancing and strengthening their commitments and activities to achieve their targets across Mapping the Vision: ASCC Launches a Robust Monitoring and Evaluation System

ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council: Charts Strategic Directions for ASCC Beyond 2025

The 31st ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Council Meeting was convened on 24 March 2024 in Luang Prabang, the Lao PDR. It was attended by ministers and representatives from 10 ASEAN Member States, including Timor-Leste as Observer and the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr. Kao Kim Hourn. The meeting deliberated on the Lao PDR ASCC chairmanship priorities ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council: Charts Strategic Directions for ASCC Beyond 2025

Nguyễn Trần Thủy Tiên: Nothing about the Deaf without the Deaf

Forty-year-old Nguyễn Trần Thủy Tiên’s lifelong dream was to become a teacher. Shortly after completing her master’s degree in Sign Language Education at Gallaudet University, United States, through the World Deaf Leadership Scholarship in 2016, she landed her dream job. Yet, upon returning to Viet Nam, she was confronted with the persistent barriers facing the Nguyễn Trần Thủy Tiên: Nothing about the Deaf without the Deaf