Tashny Sukumaran

Tashny Sukumaran

Malaysia correspondent

Tashny Sukumaran reports for the Post from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and her work for Asia desk covers a variety of issues ranging from national politics to women's rights. She has ten years of journali

sm experience in Malaysia, and holds a postgraduate degree in human rights law.

Language spoken
English, French, Bahasa Malaysia, Tamil
Areas of Expertise
Malaysia politics and civil society, labour and migration, human rights law
Asia is obsessed with skin whitening – but the backlash is beginning
Growing up in Canada, Holly Ngan (not her real name) loved climbing trees, riding bikes and playing outdoors. Being in the sun was never an issue for Ngan, who says she has always naturally been tanned. “I have never been called fair in my life,” she says. Her awareness of skin color changed drastically when she turned 10 and traveled to Hong Kong with her family to visit relatives over their summer holiday. One afternoon, Ngan’s cousin took her on a boat trip. It was a sweltering hot day, the small cabin and deck of the boat were heating up, and yet she noticed most of the women stayed on board instead of cooling off in the sea. “All the girls were covered up,” recalls Ngan, noting their lo