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Stories about East Asia

25 May 2020

Foreign Correspondent's Club of Japan accused of censorship after taking down Tokyo Olympics parody

The April issue of the club's magazine featured the Tokyo Olympics' emblem depicted in the shape of a coronavirus, which reportedly prompted copyright complaints from the Olympic Organising Committee.

22 May 2020

Labour, migrant rights under spotlight as Thailand wrestles with COVID-19 impact

COVID-19

Fearing instability, the Thai government is failing to protect the labor rights of both Thai nationals and migrant workers.

20 May 2020

Following COVID-19 closure, Ghibli Museum posts mini-tours online

One of Japan's most beloved tourist attractions is offering short virtual tours on YouTube.

18 May 2020

A glimpse at Thailand's digital ID through the biometric profiling of Malay Muslims

Advox

"The discriminatory nature of these measures could amount to racial profiling, which subjects Malay Muslims to disproportionate and unnecessary surveillance based on ethnic prejudice rather than objective signs of suspicion."

16 May 2020

Hong Kong reveals the city's agenda to construct an Orwellian ‘truth’

The release of a report on the police's use of force in protests seems to be "part of a wider set of coordinated announcements designed to deliver the new ‘truth’".

Photo contest asks Rohingya community to document their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19

A photography competition for Rohingya people is being held from April 23 – August 23, 2020, featuring two broad categories – “Rohingya life” and “Response to Coronavirus” and entries can...

12 May 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: ‘People cannot grieve freely for their relatives. How repressive!’

COVID-19

"After the storm, we will need to rebuild our lives like those blown-down buildings."

China to its anxious youth: ‘Believe us, things are better in your day!’

"We have to struggle for our rights, not sit and wait. Youth in China should yell out -- we want freedom of press!"

11 May 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: ‘A person can survive the pandemic but not bullying, fear, and hatred’

COVID-19

People are asked to report their status to the grid controller and health code system everyday in exchange of mobility after the lifting of lockdown.

9 May 2020

Thailand's homeless particularly at risk amid COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19

"Since I didn’t have enough money to go home, I decided to become a homeless person and stay here."

As tourism declines in Cambodia, tuk-tuk drivers are down and out in Phnom Penh

COVID-19

"Today, I have not provided one service, and tomorrow, I’m not sure whether one will come or not. Probably finding a construction job is better."

7 May 2020

Taiwan refuses to deport caregiver who ‘insulted’ Philippine president on Facebook

Advox

"I felt that they listened to what I was trying to say, and it shows that they do value democracy here in Taiwan."

Hong Kong protesters make online game their new home during pandemic

Hong Kong's protesters are aching to take to the streets again. In the meantime, they are taking to their screens.

6 May 2020

Are Japanese ‘murder hornets’ invading North America?

It's unlikely they will murder you, but they pose a serious threat to apiaries.

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: What future after the pandemic?

COVID-19

"It is natural for us to feel lucky that we stayed alive. However, what about our society? Will it have more respect for human life and rights?"

4 May 2020

Netizens from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand brew ‘Milk Tea Alliance’ against Chinese speech police

Stars who depend on China's lucrative market have to watch what they say. Ordinary netizens? Not so much.

China and Australia brawl over call for independent investigation of COVID-19 origins

COVID-19

'Australia is “gum stuck to the bottom of China’s shoe”, huh? Ok, well, it’s time for Australia to rethink trade and other agreements with China if they don’t like criticism'

2 May 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Surrounded by walls of glass

COVID-19

"Even if you are courageous you are surrounded by walls made of glass. You try smashing through them, but they are always there."

30 April 2020

A feeling of hopelessness: Interview with a Uyghur refugee in Turkey

The Chinese government policy of racial and religious profiling has forced young Uyghurs to leave China and remain in exile.

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Chinese netizens’ tribute to whistleblower Dr. Ai Fen

COVID-19

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