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Stories about East Asia

23 April 2017

Instagram Snaps of Japanese Foods You May Not Have Heard Of

Raw chicken, fish sperm, raw liver, "cherry blossom meat" and other Japanese foods you may not know about.

21 April 2017

Japanese Metal Legends LOUDNESS Turned Away at US Border

"After spending 27 hours in the air I'm back in Osaka. Just devastated."

20 April 2017

Surveillance, Privacy and the Right to Know: A Delicate Imbalance in Hong Kong

Global Voices Advocacy

Hong Kong has strong legal protections against telephone surveillance, but scant protections for Internet-based communication.

17 April 2017

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

16 April 2017

Chinese President's Ambitious Xiongan Dream Sparks Skepticism

"In Hebei, where people believe in the planned economy, how can they attract and embrace alternative [people] who go against the establishment?"

Kids Envision Hong Kong's Future: Underwater Housing, Pollution, Space Journey and Integrity

The theme of the poster competition was “When I’m 20.”

14 April 2017

Amidst Political Scandal and a Hate Crime Probe, Japan’s Old Rescript on Education Is Back

When a Japanese private school was caught making racist and nationalistic remarks, the ensuing scandal started a national conversation about the relevance of a pre-war imperial edict on education.

12 April 2017

China's Latest Step to Root Out Foreign Spies? Cash Rewards for Informants.

But some Chinese are concerned, given that certain "patriotic" circles equate critical speech about China as an act of espionage.

11 April 2017

Vietnamese Continue to Demand Justice a Year After Toxic Waste Spill That Caused Massive Fish Kill

"Formosa must accept full responsibility and make efforts in returning the clean environment to our country, our people and central Vietnam before leaving Vietnam."

10 April 2017

Colorized Photos Show Epic Battle Between American and Japanese Forces in Okinawa During World War II

On the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, a Japanese researcher has made Twitter posts featuring archival photos of the battle that have been colorized using a software tool.

How a Teenager's Mysterious Death in China Is Eroding Public Trust in Authorities

"To prove netizens' version of the story wrong is not difficult. Authorities just need to release more information and the rumors would fall apart"

Satirical News Show ‘China Uncensored’ Censored by Apple in Hong Kong and Taiwan

"There is no point in disputing your app store decision with respect to mainland China…but Hong Kong and Taiwan [...] operate under independent legal systems."

9 April 2017

Beijing Unveils New Economic Area To Give Millennials a Shot at the ‘China Dream’

"Using public housing to counteract the property market is a strategy [for] the young generation who [cannot] afford property [...] if the plan works out, it can be a model."

8 April 2017

Osaka Becomes the First Municipality in Japan to Recognize Same-Sex Foster Parents

"If you love the children you raise above all else, be you same-sex parents or parents of the opposite sex, that's all that's important to being a parent."

7 April 2017

Southeast Asian Leaders Use ‘Fake News’ to Justify Tighter Media Laws and Intimidate Their Critics

Global Voices Advocacy

Singapore plans to update its Broadcasting Act, Philippine House Speaker is proposing to regulate social media, and Cambodian officials are mimicking Donald Trump by calling unfavorable news "fake".

3 April 2017

Six Years On: How Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate Are Recovering From the Tsunami

The report includes statistics from Japan's Reconstruction Ministry as well as surveys of evacuees themselves to provide a local perspective on efforts to recover from the 2011 "triple disaster."

2 April 2017

Missing Taiwan NGO Worker's Wife Travels to Beijing to Rescue Him

"The [Chinese] government can assign the label "harmful to state interests" to anyone that it does not like."

1 April 2017

Ready Your Vaseline and Face Mask—It's Hay Fever Season in Japan

It is estimated that 1 in 4 of Japan’s population of 123 million people suffer from hay fever. Why are pollen allergies so common in Japan?

31 March 2017

The CIA's Online Museum Offers a Glimpse of US Military Intervention in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a region where U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War led to the expansion of the CIA’s paramilitary operations in Laos and Cambodia.

Homeless Filipino Families Occupy 6,000 Vacant Public Housing Units

"Look at those houses, they are idle. The grasses have grown tall, the houses are being invaded by soil. Why don't they let the homeless live there?"

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