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Stories about East Asia

21 July 2016

Chinese Reformist Magazine Shuts Down to Resist Authorities’ Hostile Takeover

Global Voices Advocacy

"The crackdown on Yanhuang Chunqiu and today's takeover indicates that Xi's government wants to educate its officials into 'fools' like the rest of the society."

19 July 2016

The Lives of Migrant Workers in Thailand's ‘Little Burma’

“But we have no money and no home; how could we go back and survive?”

In China, a University Degree Isn't Always a Golden Ticket to Employment

"Finding a job is a tough thing because you have to fall down and get up again and again."

18 July 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Freedom, Not Control

This week we take you to Puerto Rico, Indian-administered Kashmir, Nepal, China and Myanmar.

17 July 2016

Vietnamese Protesters Demand Justice Despite Government Settlement on Fish Kills

"Blow your whistle to demand transparency, blow your whistle to demand for fish lives, blow your whistle to stop Formosa."

16 July 2016

Myanmar's Online Community Anticipates Fall of Radical Buddhist Group with Funny Memes

"So you are saying that Buddhism, which has been a religion for 2,500 years will be destroyed if Ma-Ba-Tha does not save it and Myanmar will become a Muslim country?”

15 July 2016

You Know You're a Child of the 1970s and 80s in Japan When…

"You had to open the car window like this," one Japanese Twitter user exclaimed, tweeting a photo of a manual window crank.

In China, Protests Against the South China Sea Ruling Skip the Streets for Cyberspace

The Bridge

"On my way home, I tweeted: 'Police have cordoned off the Philippines embassy in Beijing in anticipation of protests. No sign of protests yet.'"

Painkiller Jokes, ‘Who Cares?’ and Other Chinese Reactions to the South China Sea Ruling

"This is a serious defeat. It is another version of the Cuba missile crisis. The whole world is watching China fall into the trap. So stupid."

14 July 2016

Japanese Fans Are Over the Moon for This Russian Figure Skater's ‘Cosplay’ Performance

"Medvedeva-chan, thank you indeed for loving Sailor Moon so much!"

13 July 2016

Filipinos Call on China to Do a #Chexit in the South China Sea

"West Philippine Sea is legally, politically and historically ours. The hell with China's imaginary 9-dash line, #CHexit now!"

11 July 2016

Myanmar Official Gets Online Support for Challenging Radical Buddhist Group

The hashtag #NoMaBaTha was launched on Facebook to support an embattled city minister for speaking out against a Buddhist nationalist group in Myanmar.

A New Species of Beetle Named After President Xi Is Blacklisted on Chinese Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

"An act of ass kissing now turns into ass kicking…"

Chinese Censors Are Making Sure Social Media Only Shows Positive Flooding News

Global Voices Advocacy

"The propaganda is good at turning a disaster into a positive story and making human errors invisible."

10 July 2016

Hundreds Join March in Cambodia a Few Hours After Government Critic Was Shot Dead

"When regime wanted to kill, labels them [conspirators] not loyal to the regime. Then they kill them."

She'll Get US Citizenship 60 Years After Being Adopted, But Thousands More Must Still Wait

Advocates say as many as 15,000 people who were adopted from abroad but never naturalized are waiting for legislation that would give them the chance to get documented too.

Amazing and Surreal Photos of Fireflies In Japan

The earth is a beautiful place.

8 July 2016

‘Talking Dictionary’ Transmits Language of Japan's Indigenous Ainu People

Rising Voices

An online "talking dictionary" is attempting to preserve the Ainu language spoken by the indigenous inhabitants of Japan's northeastern island of Hokkaido.

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