Chye Shu Wen

Chye Shu Wen is the former Asia Pacific Editor at Fair Observer. An ex-Associate Editor (Asia Pacific), she is currently in the publishing industry in Singapore. Chye has interests in sociopolitical issues, histories and comparative politics within Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She holds history and comparative politics degrees from the London School of Economics (LSE).

The Asia Pacific in 2017

Jan 02, 2017

Chye Shu Wen provides a round-up of events in 2016 and highlights what can be expected in 2017. There is no doubt that 2016 will go down as a year that overwhelmed the Asia Pacific: Brexit and the victory of Donald Trump sent shockwaves across the region; the electoral wins...

Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump: Who Will Win?

Oct 07, 2016

Voting in a US presidential candidate who can manage America’s fragile social fabric and foreign policy has never been more important. BACKGROUND Given the drama that has unfolded in 2016, with talk of border walls, political revolutions, Twitter wars and health scares, it feels like the US presidential campaign has dragged on for far too long. Its end,...

Hong Kong’s Endgame With China Has Just Begun

Sep 21, 2016

Will Hong Kong’s recent election lead to a cohesive and sustainable approach in dealings with China? In the late 1970s, Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese revolutionary who was responsible for propelling the transformation of China to the power it is today, had a grand dream. His ambition of creating a unified...

In the Middle East, Football is More Than a Game

Feb 03, 2016

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to award-winning journalist James Dorsey. To millions around the world, football is a religion. Countries bicker and fight to host the World Cup. Organizations like FIFA rise and fall in the face of never-ending corruption scandals. The last thing anyone might associate...

Do We Need Big Data to Create Smart Cities?

Jan 21, 2016

Data collection and analysis have played an important role in smart cities, but should citizens’ privacy be used as a foundation? The real-time analysis of data procured over various electronic platforms has become integral to the development of infrastructure, planning and policy formulation within cities across Asia. Big data collected from...

Taiwan Ruffles China’s Feathers

Jan 19, 2016

With the spotlight on Taiwan and China, the rise of Tsai is a sign of shifting political times in East Asia. Bestowed with its own hashtag and seen as “historic,” the electoral victory of President-Elect Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has shaken up the political landscape in...

Health is Truly Wealth

Jan 02, 2016

On average, people are living longer than before, but they still suffer from diseases because of new pathogens, increased pollution and poor life choices. Background Human beings generally like to live. Good health enables people to live long and fulfilling lives. The Internet has multiple definitions of health and good...

The Asia Pacific in 2016

Jan 01, 2016

Shu-Wen Chye provides a round-up of the Asia Pacific in 2015, and highlights what to look for in 2016. For many in the Asia Pacific, 2015 tested the political prowess and limits of the region. The year saw territorial disputes over the South China Sea; an imploding Rohingya refugee crisis...

Time to Hold Myanmar’s Leaders Accountable

Nov 04, 2015

Will elections on November 8 mark a watershed moment for Myanmar’s transition toward democracy? For the last six decades, Myanmar’s political history—like its neighbor, Thailand—has been volatile and authoritarian at best. It has largely existed as a one-party, military-led state since 1962, when General Ne Win led a military coup...

Papua is Held Hostage by Global Capitalists

Aug 08, 2015

The case of Freeport is a clear illustration of Papua and the Indonesian government being held hostage by global capitalists.  Papua, formerly known as Dutch New Guinea, is the western half of New Guinea, an island in the Pacific. For decades, Papua has been a region associated with conflict and has rarely received...

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