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
Latest from Rebecca Tan

U.S. reaches military base access agreement in the Philippines

The agreement is part of an American effort to expand the U.S. strategic footprint across the Pacific region to counter threats from China.

February 2, 2023

U.S. military poised to secure new access to key Philippine bases

The expansion is part of a broader push in the Indo-Pacific to buttress U.S. force posture, reinforce alliances and deter China.

January 30, 2023

Clean-energy push puts abandoned Philippine nuclear plant back in spotlight

President Marcos looks to his father’s nuclear project, once dogged by scandal and safety concerns, as a solution to fossil-fuel challenges.

January 25, 2023

Indonesia admits historical rights violations — but shirks accountability

Indonesian President Joko Widodo promised to prevent similar violations but didn’t make any commitments to pursue accountability or assign blame.

January 11, 2023

Dozens of refugees have been stranded at sea for weeks. No help has come.

Some 160 Rohingya refugees, who fled Myanmar and were seeking to leave a camp in Bangladesh, have been adrift in the Andaman Sea for more than two weeks.

December 23, 2022

Bent on making Christmas merry, the Philippines barrels through inflation

After enduring one of the world's longest and most stringent covid lockdowns, shoppers in the Catholic country are determined to revive their favorite holiday.

December 22, 2022

Anti-graft reformer Anwar Ibrahim appointed Malaysia’s prime minister

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, formerly imprisoned on charges he calls bogus, has to unite a divided Malaysia and manage the rise of conservative Islamic forces.

November 24, 2022

Indonesians dig for bodies and survivors buried in landslides from quake

Days after the devastating earthquake, rescuers are pushing out of the towns into the rugged mountain settlements that were hit hard by mudslides.

November 23, 2022

Indonesia quake toll soars above 250 amid frantic search for survivors

The quake caused severe damage in Cianjur, West Java, and was one of Indonesia's deadliest natural disasters in years.

November 22, 2022

Myanmar releases ex-U.K. ambassador, Australian aide to Suu Kyi from prison

The release of diplomat Vicky Bowman, economist Sean Turnell and Japanese filmmaker Toru Kubota comes as the junta faces increasing diplomatic isolation.

November 17, 2022