Rebecca Tan

Washington, D.C.

Southeast Asia bureau chief

Education: University of Pennsylvania, BA

Rebecca Tan is the Southeast Asia Bureau Chief for the Washington Post. She was previously a reporter on the Local desk, covering government in D.C. and Maryland. She was part of the team that won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in public service for coverage of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Prior to the Post, she wrote for
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Thai opposition leads vote count, spelling possible end to military rule

With the majority of the votes counted, Pheu Thai and Move Forward had garnered well over 50 percent of the popular vote, according to the Election Commission.

May 14, 2023

Elections could oust Thai military after a decade in power: What to know

Ruling military led by Prayuth faces challenge from Paetongtarn's Pheu Thai party and Pita's Move Forward party.

May 12, 2023

To meet EV demand, industry turns to technology long deemed hazardous

Indonesia is richly endowed with nickel, but refining it for electric vehicle batteries poses a daunting environmental challenge.

May 10, 2023

Thai voters could oust military from power — barring election fraud

Polling suggests Thai voters want change after a decade of military rule. But key institutions, from the senate to the election commission, could stand in the way.

May 10, 2023

The threat within the world's largest refugee camp

Join “Post Reports” on a journey through the Kutupalong mega camp in Bangladesh. It’s home to about a million Rohingya refugees who fled persecution in Myanmar only to face growing militant threats from within the camp.

May 1, 2023

Myanmar airstrike kills dozens in Sagaing region

The attack, carried out by a fighter jet and military helicopter on Kanbalu Township, may be one of the deadliest since Myanmar’s military coup.

April 11, 2023

Streaming into Southeast Asia, Netflix faces repeated censorship demands

As Netflix expands rapidly in Southeast Asia, its commitment to artistic expression is being tested by Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines and others.

April 9, 2023

Rohingya refugees brave perilous seas to escape camp desperation

At least 348 Rohingya died or went missing last year, the United Nations says, as they turned to smugglers to flee worsening conditions in the sprawling Bangladeshi camps.

April 7, 2023

Philippine ferry fire leaves dozens dead or injured, authorities say

Passengers were forced to jump into the sea as flames engulfed the vessel, which was traveling from Zamboanga in the southern Philippines.

April 2, 2023

Aid dwindles for Rohingya refugees as money goes to Ukraine, other crises

The world’s largest refugee encampment is set to lose more than half its funding as the U.S. and others redirect their donations to other crises, the U.N. says.

March 15, 2023