Biawak Gemok Zine Distro 2017 – 2018

Biawak Gemok sources, stocks, and sells zines and donates almost all its profits to raise funds for Justice For Sisters (a legal fund for Malaysia’s persecuted transwomen), and Chow Kit drop-in centre PBKS (Pusat Bantuan Khidmat Sosial) run by non-profit SEED Foundation. The rest goes to covering operation costs and supporting zinemakers. Biawak Gemok was started in 2015; I was part of the collective from […]

Politicization of Ethnicity & Religion training 2015 – 2018

The Politicization of Ethnicity and Religion (PER) programme is run by the All Women’s Action Society of Malaysia (AWAM). From their website: “The objective of the PER programme is to promote a better understanding of how the politicisation of ethnicity and religion impacts on society, particularly women, and how AWAM can address concerns around this. AWAM hopes to create safe […]

Young Women Making Change Malaysia 2014 – 2016

Young Women Making Change Malaysia (YWMC) was a collective of young women and people in Malaysia formed under a two-year gender equality advocacy and empowerment program run by International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia Pacific and funded by UN Women. YWMC was formed in August 2014, united by a mission to increase dialogue, raise awareness and build capacity in society […]

PopDevRights 2014

PopDevRights or Population Development Rights Malaysia was an initiative to boost dialogue and raise awareness on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Malaysia. I acted as administrative coordinator for the initiative in 2014. One of our projects was producing short, catchy videos on topics like gender equality within the family, child marriage, universal access to healthcare, discrimination against minority groups, […]

Post-Spectacles: A Conversation About A Conversation

“(Goh) Sze (Ying) interviews Sharon (Chin) about taking part in APT8 (8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art). This is a sharing and dialogue session in the form of an interview between Sze and Sharon. You can listen quietly or take part in the conversation. You’ll be seated around us (pretty close! See drawing in the event photo).” (source) A small zine, […]

KataKatha: Artists’ Session

In November I participated as an audience member and observer of KataKatha: Southeast Asian Conversations on Culture and the Arts, a regional initiative by Maybank Kim Eng, supported by Maybank Foundation, conceptualised and curated in collaboration with PUSAKA. The following post covers three short talks presented by sculptor Agnes Arellano of the Philippines, photographer Geraldine Kang of Singapore, and multidisciplinary artist […]

KataKatha: Southeast Asian Conversations on Culture and the Arts

In November I was invited to observe closed door discussions happening as part of KataKatha: Southeast Asian Conversations on Culture and the Arts, a regional initiative by Maybank Kim Eng, supported by Maybank Foundation, conceptualised and curated in collaboration with PUSAKA. The following article combines notes and observations from two sessions held on two different days – Cosmopolitans, Polyglots, and the Creative […]