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Her work has appeared in the New York Times, TIME, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Ms. magazine, and others. She grew up in the Philippines and in the United States and her reporting interests reflect her transnational background: She has reported on literary censorship in Myanmar, the illicit ivory trade in Hong Kong, gold mining in the Philippines, and U.S. foreign policy from Washington, D.C.
Catherine holds a master’s degree from U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is based in Washington, DC.
Yangon, Once Frozen in Time, Inches Forward
Myanmar’s commercial capital swells with new opportunity, but is hampered by poor infrastructure, sectarian tensions, outmoded gender roles and the debilitating effects of a long-broken education system.
Blood Ivory: Hong Kong Fights A Losing Battle Against Smugglers
Chinese demand for elephant ivory is on the rise, but stopping the slaughter may depend on the semi-autonomous territory of Hong Kong.
Sitting on a Gold Mine: Will Mining Make or Break the Philippines?
The Philippine government believes bolstering extractive industries will drive growth. But religious leaders and environmentalists wonder about the cost.
American ‘Pivot’ to Asia Divides the Philippines
Recent trouble in the South China Sea has renewed debate as to whether the U.S. is a trusted friend, or an old foe.
Hillary’s Burma Problem
The crowning achievement of her tenure as secretary of state is unraveling at the seams.
In Japan’s State Secrets Law, Shades of Red, White and Blue
Once hailed as a “spy’s paradise” because of its weak state secrecy laws, Japan is trying to reform its reputation as an information sieve with a hotly contested new measure that brings Japanese law more in line with U.S. national security policy — perhaps with troubling implications.
Big Brother’s Burmese Comeback
Why the country George Orwell once skewered is finally embracing its non-native son.
Why It Took a Superstorm to Expose the Seedy Underbelly of Philippine Politics
Thirty years after Marcos was deposed from power, the legacy of his rule is still being felt amid the devastation of Haiyan.
Will Japan’s News Giant Bend the Knee Before Abe?
Despite its reputation as an impartial and widely trusted news source, the NHK’s vulnerability to political influence is in fact one of its defining characteristics.
The Self-Censorship Shuffle
Why one Australian media mogul chose to kowtow to Myanmar’s generals.
Old Frenemies: A Timeline U.S.-Philippine Relations
The signing of a new defense pact brings the two nations closer together — but relations haven’t always been so rosy.
Preserving the Future: Indigenous women are standing up to Big Oil—and winning
Indigenous women challenge environmentally devastating oil extraction projects in the U.S. and Canada.
In Asia, It’s Progress not Perfection
Although Asian women leaders have often been related to previous male officeholders, that’s not the whole story of their ascension, nor does it belie the progress they’ve made.
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