Help Wanted: The Domestic Worker Conundrum

Paid domestic work is a common feature of many middle-class households in Southeast Asia. Despite their contributions, the women in this line of work are still treated like second-class citizens. Why is this the case?
Alicia Lukman explores how gender dynamics play out in domestic workers’ lives.

Editorial Political Socio-Cultural

Southeast Asia is not passive. It never was.

For years, pre-colonial Southeast Asia was thought of as a congregation of idyllic tropical villages. In contrary, Southeast Asia was a pivotal trade centre, which may have spurred on capitalism as we know it today.