Joe Freeman is a Southeast Asia-based journalist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, The Phnom Penh Post, and the Nikkei Asian Review.
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Inside a Muslim Ghetto

Dispatch from Aung Mingalar, Myanmar, where more than 4,000 Rohingya live separated, just across the road, from the rest of the city

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Celebrating 500 Years of Jewish History in a Venetian Palace

The recently opened exhibition ‘Venice, the Jews and Europe 1516-2016,’ is part of dozens of events to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the city’s Jewish Ghetto

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Mandy Patinkin’s Passover Message from Cambodia

The celebrated actor authored a moving essay on the meaning of Passover and justice after taking an American Jewish World Service trip to the genocide-ravaged region

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Myanmar’s Jewish Vote

Casting a ballot with Sammy Samuels, the leader of Yangon’s minuscule Jewish community

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Meet the 99-Year-Old Jewish Veteran of the War in Burma

The story of British serviceman Mordaunt Cohen

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The Arab Was Named Voltaire

In the Israeli village of Neve Shalom, an unusual group of Jews and Arabs try to live together peacefully. It works, mostly.

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Mourners Remember Moses Samuels, Preserver of Myanmar’s Only Synagogue

Sammy Samuels will continue his father’s legacy by making sure the gate of the synagogue remains ‘unlocked.’

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The Singapore Story is the Israel Story

Late founding father Lee Kuan Yew looked to another young, security-focused state in 1965

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Dressing British and Speaking Yiddish in Burma

Dispatch from an old hill station on the road to Mandalay, where prosperous Jews once summered

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Israeli Photographer Navigates Cambodian Roots

Tomer Kep explores his unusual legacy through haunting images

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In Israel’s Earliest Days, the Place Its Leaders Felt Compelled To Visit Was Burma

A visit with Than Than Nu, whose father U Nu welcomed Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, and Moshe Sharett to Rangoon

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Breaking the Fast With a Cambodian Rabbi

David Adollah, who grew up in Phnom Penh, says God came to him in a dream

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Cambodian Opposition Leader’s Jewish In-Laws

Sam Rainsy’s daughter marries fellow Yale grad William Rubenstein

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A Jewish Encounter With Cambodia

Meeting a different kind of survivor abroad

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Not for Our Tragedy Alone

The genocide committed by Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime earns a place in Washington’s Holocaust Museum

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A Secret Jew in Jordan

In the Peace Corps, I hid my Jewish identity. But that didn’t prevent me from experiencing anti-Semitism.

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