Dai Wei Tsang

Dai Wei Tsang is the 2020 Asia Pacific fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. She currently works in research management at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. Before graduating as a Regents Scholar of UCLA, she studied abroad at the University of Geneva and Sciences Po Paris majoring in political science and French.

Asia’s Lèse-Majesté Laws Are a Futile Attempt to Stifle Dissent

January 06, 2021

There are currently six countries in Asia with royal families: Japan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Bhutan, Brunei and Thailand. Each possesses unique lèse-majesté laws, which criminalize insults against the monarch and members of the royal family. In Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand, a disturbing trend of censorship under the guise of lèse-majesté has...

Cambodia’s COVID-19 Recovery Must Include Microfinance Reform

November 19, 2020

In Cambodia, more than 2 million of the country’s 10-million-strong adult workforce hold a microcredit loan. Each of those loans comes to an average of $3,320, or twice the per capita GDP of the country. While microcredit was once considered a useful tool, without a national social assistance program, improved...

No Democratic Guarantee in Myanmar and US

October 27, 2020

The presidential elections in Myanmar have been set for November 8, just days after the US goes to the polls on November 3. Both countries have a history of keeping minorities in line by blocking their ability to vote and hold office. A brief comparison between the two is enough...

Will Laos Become a Model for China’s Economic Colonialism?

October 16, 2020

The small Southeast Asian nation of Laos stands out as a success story in COVID-19 control. With only 23 confirmed cases, it has gradually lifted lockdown measures. Success on the medical front, however, will not be enough to carry the country through the economic whiplash that pandemic containment had on...

What Lies Behind East Asia’s Mask Culture?

July 01, 2020

In East Asia, face masks are accessories akin to hats and scarves, a civilian, not a medical, accessory. People wear them for a variety of reasons: the smog, the cold, the sun, hay fever, unruly acne or to send a message usually transmitted via earbuds in North America: Don’t talk...