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Kontinentalist
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What is the point of education if it cannot stop suffering? — issue #55

Apologies: We accidentally sent a test version of our latest issue. Please ignore the previous email and continue reading to enjoy this month's reads! It’s the end of May and spring is in full swing. I’ve just completed my second term at the University of Edinburgh,

Kontinentalist
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seasons are changing — issue #54

Coming from tropical Singapore, where it’s pretty much hot all year round, spring was never something I resonated with. It didn’t rouse in me feelings people associate with the end of winter: hope, joy, and revival. At most, I’d think of the fleeting beauty of Japanese sakura,

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Gwyneth Cheng
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Small but Mighty: Behind the Scenes

Our latest microstory Small But Mighty: Conservation lessons from a community in Kinabatangan began with a visit to the headquarters of Our Better World, a local non-profit digital storytelling studio started by the Singapore International Foundation, which highlights stories of global communities doing good. There, they introduced us to the

Loh Pei Ying
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Data is just texture

How can we develop a more intentional approach, methodology, or manifesto around our perspectives towards data? Particularly, how do we think of it ethically, countering eurocentrism whilst applying a feminist and decolonial approach?

Samira Hassan
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Dataviz in Asia (May 23')

I always joke that working in the field of data storytelling is like attending an eternal university—the learning (and unlearning) never really stops. At Kontinentalist, we're constantly rethinking our approaches to data storytelling, grounding them in lived experiences and contextual understandings. We strive to learn from different

Samira Hassan
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Dataviz in Asia (April 24')

Spring is finally here! As my colleagues Zafirah, Munirah, Michael, and I brainstormed the theme for this issue, we found ourselves drawn to the transient essence of the season in April. It's a time marked by various new beginnings, with festivals such as Ponggal and Songkran happening, and

Samira Hassan
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Dataviz in Asia (March 24')

For this month’s Dataviz in Asia, we’re highlighting works by two of our favourite female data viz practitioners. Shirley Wu and Gurman Bhatia both use data to amplify the contributions of women in the arts and entertainment industries. We’re self-professed patrons of the arts here at Kontinentalist

Zafirah Zein
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Applying visual metaphors: How we visualised period poverty in Asia

This microstory came about when Singaporean period care company Blood launched its “Period-Positive Workplaces” movement in 2022. A communications agency had sent over a press release of the initiative, which included survey findings on period shaming at work. Having never experienced bullying or pressure of any kind related to my

Samira Hassan
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How we talked about sex (ed), baby

We share our process of creating a microstory about the evolution of sex education policy in Singapore over the past two decades, shedding light on its pivotal role in shaping the nation's attitude towards sexuality—and vice versa. We delve into how we collated and analysed over 200

Samira Hassan
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Dataviz in Asia (Feb 24')

Love is in the air this month, and data’s capturing every moment of it. For this issue of Dataviz in Asia, let’s look at all the creative ways that people are telling their stories of love through data visualisations.  First, let's explore the epic love triangle

Nabilah Said
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Love in Singapore: When the third-party is the state

There is a longstanding quirk associated with getting married in Singapore. Instead of proposing to their partner, a Singaporean might ask, “Wanna get BTO?” This entails applying for a public Built-To-Order (BTO) flat under the government’s Fiancè/Fiancèe scheme. It’s a balloting process, as BTOs are highly subsidised

Samira Hassan
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Meet the Community: JP Campos

JP Campos is the founder of Media Commoner, otherwise known as Commoner, a social media-first independent media organisation based in the Philippines. He is also a Multimedia Executive Producer at Provill Studios, a Manila-based film production agency. Amidst a transformative year, JP contemplates the evolving responsibilities of storytellers in the

Zafirah Mohamed Zein
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The stories behind the missing: Reporting on enforced disappearances in Balochistan

Our latest piece, written by freelance journalist Somaiyah Hafeez, highlights the silent epidemic of enforced disappearances in Balochistan. A stealthy, routine occurrence across Pakistan, disappearances are particularly rife in the country’s marginalised province. In this inside look at the story, Somaiyah shares her experiences covering this issue as a

Samira Hassan
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Dataviz in Asia (Jan 24')

Asia has a long history of impactful political and protest movements, a legacy that continues to unfold today. As we navigate through 2024, the biggest election year yet with at least 64 countries set to cast their votes, this month’s Dataviz in Asia spotlights data stories that are helping