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Sebastian Strangio is a journalist and author focusing on Southeast Asia. Since 2008, his reporting from across the region has appeared in more than 30 leading publications in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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Nikkei Asian Review
Myanmar refugees find a foothold in North Carolina

Myanmar refugees find a foothold in North Carolina

For the Myanmar residents of Chapel Hill, hopes of a return home are tempered by fears of continued ethnic tensions
In Cambodia, everything is different but nothing has changed

In Cambodia, everything is different but nothing has changed

As is usual at this point in the electoral cycle, the Cambodian government is clamping down hard on its opponents.
Activist murder heightens political tensions in Cambodia

Activist murder heightens political tensions in Cambodia

Political tensions are intensifying in Cambodia following the brazen daytime killing of a high-profile activist in the capital Phnom Penh.
Aung San Suu Kyi faces dilemma over controversial dam project

Aung San Suu Kyi faces dilemma over controversial dam project

Since its suspension five years ago, the $3.6 billion Myitsone hydropower project has come to symbolize the bad old days in Myanmar.
The new 'explorers'

The new ‘explorers’

In June 1866, six Frenchmen departed from Ho Chi Minh City on a dangerous mission up the mighty Mekong River.
China's footprint kicks up concerns in tiny Laos

China’s footprint kicks up concerns in tiny Laos

The Kings Romans Casino stands out in this remote corner of northwestern Laos, its giant illuminated neon crown towering over a landscape of banana plantations and jungle-clad mountains.
As a frontier economy booms, Cambodia's capital rises

As a frontier economy booms, Cambodia’s capital rises

PHNOM PENH — For most of its history, the sleepy Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh was best known for its charming, tree-lined boulevards and Buddhist pagodas.
Spinning the myth of a 16th-century king as elections loom in Cambodia

Spinning the myth of a 16th-century king as elections loom in Cambodia

The former capital of the 16th century Cambodian King Sdech Kan is a sleepy place, filled with birdsong and that particular air of shabby mysticism that seems to surround pagodas in rural parts of Cambodia.
With connectivity boom, Cambodia's political battles shift online

With connectivity boom, Cambodia’s political battles shift online

PHNOM PENH — In September 2015, a Facebook page bearing the name of Prime Minister Hun Sen notched up its millionth “like.”
New charges against opposition leader maintain political stalemate

New charges against opposition leader maintain political stalemate

PHNOM PENH — Cambodia’s beleaguered opposition leader Sam Rainsy faces fresh legal troubles after a court summoned him for questioning on possible charges of being an accomplice to “forgery and incitement.”
Hope and fear in Kachin State as vote draws near

Hope and fear in Kachin State as vote draws near

MYITKYINA, Myanmar — Four years after being driven away by the military, Dagaw Hpung is finally letting himself dream of going home.
Satire, Myanmar-style: Political cartoonists test limits of newfound freedom

Satire, Myanmar-style: Political cartoonists test limits of newfound freedom

YANGON—With a few deft strokes of Beruma’s pen, a jowly likeness appears on the blank page: a caricature of Senior Gen. Than Shwe, Myanmar’s former dictator.