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Stories about East Asia

26 February 2017

Why Singapore Changed the Name of Its New World War II Exhibition

"We must honor and respect the feelings of those who suffered terribly and lost family members during the Japanese Occupation," said the country's minister for communications and information.

25 February 2017

Police in Hong Kong Want It to Be Illegal to Insult Them

A crowd of more than 30,000 people gathered in Hong Kong this week to protest a prison sentence handed down to seven police officers convicted of assaulting a protester.

There's Talk That Beijing Could Override Hong Kong's Election Result If It Doesn't Like the Winner

“Does the election committee have any real power? What’s the point of having an election committee then?”

24 February 2017

Short Video Documentary Explores Japan's Flashy Art Truck Subculture

Known as "dekotora," hobbyists trick out their trucks with flashing neon lights, airbrushed murals and lots and lots of chrome.

Why Benjamin Netanyahu Can't Fly Over Indonesia

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-dominated nation, doesn't have a formal diplomatic relationship with Israel. That's bad news for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's flight crew.

21 February 2017

Hong Kong Police and Pro-Beijing Groups Protest After Court Convicts Officers of Assaulting Activist

"Police misconduct is not frightening as these are single cases. What's frightening is police wrongdoing can be justified by politics."

19 February 2017

Fleeing the Shells of War, Kachin Civilians Struggle Against Freezing Cold in North Myanmar

Almost 2,000 fled their villages after recent skirmishes between the Kachin Independence Army and the Myanmar army

Thousands Joined ‘Walk for Life’ to Protest Extrajudicial Killings and Revival of Death Penalty in the Philippines

"If the response to violence is also violence, we double the violence. We should match it with non-violence."

17 February 2017

Award-Winning Hong Kong Political Cartoonist Refuses Self-Censorship

"You speculate that the government may sue the publisher, and so decide to censor the work. The whole incident goes against my principles."

16 February 2017

Here Are Some of the Southeast Asian Artifacts in the Met Museum's Public Domain Collection

"Since our audience is really the three billion internet-connected individuals around the world, we need to think big about how to reach these viewers..."

14 February 2017

Despite What You Read, Radiation Levels at Fukushima Daiichi Aren't ‘Soaring’

A news release from Japanese power utility TEPCO generated a number of headlines across Western media that were sorely missing context.

13 February 2017

Trump and Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen Feature Among Sapporo Snow Festival's Ice Sculptures

At least two million people visit the festival each year, making for some great photo uploads on social media.

10 February 2017

Thai Media Groups Say Proposed Law Could Bring Total Government Control of the Press

"Government presence on a press panel and licensing of journalists are never part of a free press."

Some Hong Kong Parents Are Worried That Their Sons Like Disney Princesses

"2020 is approaching, it is difficult to imagine that only girls can like the color pink. Such stereotypes are so outdated."

8 February 2017

Deprived of Voting Rights, What Do Hong Kongers Think of the Chief Executive Race?

"It is about choosing puppets, because no matter who takes office, they will obey Beijing."

Chinese Say Authorities Are Going After the Little Guy With Curbs on Foreign Exchange

"It seems more useful to crack down on underground banks and illegal channels than to just control ordinary people’s money."

7 February 2017

From Vietnam to the US, the Zodiac Is an Important Part of Vietnamese Culture

"...when you meet Vietnamese elders, they don’t ask how old you are as much a lot of the time as your year you were born, your zodiac year..."

4 February 2017

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Wins Some Japanese Hearts, Infuriates Others

The new US Defense Secretary tried hard to reassure America's Japanese ally that Trump means no harm. Some were not impressed.

China Starts Arresting Internet Users for Insulting the Police

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Bad taste or hate speech? Chinese law enforcement is cracking down on Internet users who mock the police and even slain officers.

2 February 2017

Hundreds Still Missing After Factory Fire in Philippine Export Processing Zone

"Our hearts are crying out for justice for the workers of HTI. Not a single worker should die in the workplace, even when a fire breaks out."

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