Before something can be realised, it must first be imagined. New Naratif provides space, understanding and skills for this imagining of a more participatory Southeast Asia. We are a platform for journalism, art, research, and community-building for the people of this region.

We seek to reframe the relationship between content creators and readers—we want our readers to be active participants, rather than treated as passive consumers. Openness and transparency are core parts of our ethos, providing our members with opportunities to engage not only with our team, but with one another.

We invite you to join a community of curious and engaged individuals, and together, find new ways to look at our region: beyond borders and narrow definitions of race, class, and religion.

For more information, read our Manifesto. If you’d like to write or draw for us, please pitch us a story.

The Team

Thum Ping Tjin

Thum Ping Tjin (“PJ”) is Managing Director of New Naratif and founding director of Project Southeast Asia, an interdisciplinary research centre on Southeast Asia at the University of Oxford. A Rhodes Scholar, Commonwealth Scholar, Olympic athlete, and the only Singaporean to swim the English Channel, his work centres on Southeast Asian governance and politics. His most recent work is Living with Myths in Singapore (Ethos: 2017, co-edited with Loh Kah Seng and Jack Chia). He is creator of “The History of Singapore” podcast, available on iTunes. Reach him at [email protected]

Kirsten Han

Kirsten Han is Editor-in-Chief of New Naratif, and a Singaporean journalist whose work often revolves around the themes of social justice, human rights, politics and democracy. Her bylines have appeared in publications like The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Asia Times and Waging Nonviolence. As an activist, Kirsten has advocated for an end to the death penalty in Singapore, and is a founding member of abolitionist group We Believe in Second Chances. Reach her at [email protected]

Sonny Liew

Sonny Liew's New York Times bestseller The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is a winner of 3 Eisner Awards, and was the first graphic novel to win the Singapore Literature Prize. He was a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award in 2010, and his works include The Shadow Hero (with Gene Yang), Doctor Fate (with Paul Levitz) and Malinky Robot, along with titles for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Disney Press and First Second Books. Born in Malaysia, he lives in Singapore.

Aisyah Llewellyn

Aisyah Llewellyn is a British freelance writer based in Medan, Indonesia, and New Naratif's Consulting Editor for North Sumatra. She is a former diplomat and writes primarily about Indonesian politics, culture, travel and food. Reach her at [email protected]

Susan Tam

Susan Tam is a freelance writer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is New Naratif's Consulting Editor for West Malaysia. Her editorial experience include reporting on global affairs for Al Jazeera English TV, Singapore Press Holdings and The Star. Susan is passionate about social issues and communities and co-leads Hati.my, Malaysia's largest open charities portal. Email her at [email protected]

Febriana Firdaus

Febriana Firdaus is an independent investigative journalist based in Jakarta, Indonesia, and is New Naratif's Consulting Editor for Jakarta and Papua. She has reported on politics, corruption, human and LGBT rights, the 1965 purge, Papua, and ISIS. She is an editor of Ingat65, an online project for young people’s perspectives on the legacy of Indonesia’s 1965–66 massacres, and manages the Voice of Papua newsletter. She has previously worked at Tempo and Rappler. Her freelance work has appeared in TIME, BBC Indonesia, Jakarta Post, VICE Indonesia, etc. In 2017, she received the Indonesian Oktovianus Pogau Journalism Award in Courage for her fearless reporting on human rights, including on LGBT issues. She may be contacted at [email protected]