Telling stories from a tiny Southeast Asian island.
The ongoing Lee family feud is not about whether to preserve or demolish 38 Oxley Road. It never was.
There are no heroes here, no one to look up to, just a petty elite arguing pettily in Facebook posts about things not going their way.
Sombath Somphone disappeared in December 2012. CCTV footage showed him speaking to someone by a municipal police station in Vientiane before being taken away in another car. No one’s heard from him since. Despite repeated requests for an independent investigation, statements from the Lao government have been far from satisfactory.
A personal essay on being childfree.