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Stories about East Asia

14 February 2019

Australia revokes Chinese tycoon's citizenship over alleged political interference in Australian politics

"...winding back CCP [Chinese Communist Party] interference as an unacceptable and counterproductive part of bilateral engagement is a step towards developing a healthy China-Australia relationship"

Athan: A youth group promoting freedom of expression in Myanmar

"All lawsuits filed against journalists must be withdrawn. All journalists staying under detention including Reuters journalists must be released unconditionally. Defamation must be decriminalized in accordance with international standards."

13 February 2019

Users flood Reddit with China censorship memes, balk at $150 million investment from Tencent

Advox

While Chinese companies regularly invest in US media companies, this makes for an unusual match.

12 February 2019

Let the dead tell their stories about Hong Kong

The Bridge

A "homicide tour" seeks to explore "the meaning of life and living conditions" in one Hong Kong neighbourhood.

11 February 2019

Censored on WeChat: A year of content removals on China's most powerful social media platform

Advox

Our team tracked censored posts from more than 4,000 public accounts covering daily news on WeChat. Here is what we found.

9 February 2019

Japanese PM staff ‘restrict’ reporter from pressers for ‘spreading misinformation’ about environmental harm

Advox

Mochizuki apparently angered the Cabinet Office during a news conference on December 26, when she asked about the risks of environmental contamination at a controversial construction site in Okinawa.

7 February 2019

Is there political interference in the public television network of Timor-Leste?

"There have been several attempts at political interference on me and directly on journalists to try to influence editorial content."

1 February 2019

This Twitter account celebrates women in Japan, one short profile a day

The common theme of the daily profiles is that the celebrated women come from all walks of life, and all have experienced unique challenges and successes.

Pressure mounts for Thailand to free Melbourne-based Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi

"Australia just gave our highest award to 2 divers for risking their lives to rescue 12 Thai boys from underground caves. We know where Hakeem is. He just needs a...

30 January 2019

Surveillance is a key concern for foreign journalists working in China, survey shows

Advox

Mobile phone surveillance and physical spying were top concerns for foreign correspondents in China in 2018.

29 January 2019

Larisa Pak is the last Korean standing at Tajikistan's hardscrabble border with Afghanistan

Up to 200,000 ethnic Koreans were deported to Central Asia from the Russian Far East by Soviet authorities during the 1930s.

22 January 2019

Taiwan’s referendum results may have been swayed by an ill-informed public

Many feel that an ill-informed public swayed the results of Taiwan's recent referendums.

18 January 2019

What's wrong with mainstream media's interpretation of Taiwan's referendum results?

Taiwan just finished its location election and ten referendums on Nov 24, but there are still some misunderstandings about the results in mainstream media.

14 January 2019

Rare film footage with sound of Kyoto, Japan, from 1929

What makes this film notable is that it features actual sound footage of Japanese city life at that time. Usually, newsreels from that era are silent.

Protests condemn another election delay in Thailand

Thai students turned to Twitter and activists organized protests after the military-backed government announced another delay in the holding of elections.

11 January 2019

Chinese authorities go after citizens for using VPNs, skirting online censorship

Advox

The news of two men being fined for using VPNs may serve as a wake up call to Chinese netizens.

9 January 2019

A pig carcass floats from China to Taiwan, triggering fears of swine fever

A dead pig with deadly pig virus floated from China to Kinmen, an island belong to Taiwan but located close to China, and it triggers fear in Taiwan.

8 January 2019

Conservation groups claim victory as Japan leaves IWC and ends Antarctic whaling

Pressure by conservationists made it too expensive for Japan to continue the Antarctic hunt.

5 January 2019

China's push for ‘one country, two systems’ in Taiwan meets vigorous opposition

"As a Hongkonger, I urge Taiwanese people to never believe in CCP’s 'one country, two systems.' Once they take control, they can do whatever they want."

4 January 2019

How preserving folktales and legends help raise environment awareness in the Mekong

Rising Voices

"By means of stories, the communities search for ways to accommodate and/or resist changes that are taking place in the Mekong river basin."

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