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Stories about East Asia

25 September 2018

A new indie film festival features the struggles and triumphs of indigenous Papua, Indonesia

Rising Voices

The film festival "highlights the issues of the indigenous people of Papua through documentary films as well as to build public awareness of the important issues impacting them.”

22 September 2018

Beijing authorities slam Swedish police for humiliating Chinese tourists, but there's another side to the story

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wanted to make use of the incident to stir patriotic sentiment to exercise pressure on Swedish government. But netizens know ... what’s right and wrong."

20 September 2018

Uighurs in the laogai: how China's persecution of a minority turned my fiction into fact

The Bridge

"In 2017, 21% of all arrests made in China took place in Xinjiang Province, a region where only 1.5% of the Chinese population lives."

13 September 2018

Japan’s vending machines strike again—this time with pizza and crepes

There is one vending machine for every 23 people in Japan and they still never fail to surprise.

As online spaces for sexual harassment proliferate, Hong Kong authorities struggle to keep up

"There is currently no law specifically to tackle upskirting, and from what we read from media reports about the crime, the punishment tends to be light"

7 September 2018

As China faces record-breaking flood levels, authorities arrest two women for spreading ‘rumors’ of health risks

Advox

"If they could react to the floods as effectively [as they do to the 'rumors'], that would be great."

Students illustrate injustice and human rights abuses in the Philippines through the arts

"The youth are aware of what's happening in society. On the images you can see extrajudicial killings, charter change, war, and the gap between the poor and rich in society."

After Facebook ban, Myanmar military accounts are moving to Russian social media site VKontakte

Advox

"...they are now spreading their hate freely on the site without any moderation."

3 September 2018

Myanmar sentences Reuters journalists to 7 years in prison

Advox

The case has attracted outrage both internationally and inside Myanmar, with local activists and civil society organizations bravely speaking out against their arrest.

31 August 2018

‘Fake news’ is in the eye of the beholder: China is centralizing efforts to stop online ‘rumors’

Advox

In July 2018, Chinese state internet regulators received 6.7 million reports of illegal and false information.

Netizen Report: It’s not just Myanmar — ethnic hate speech runs rampant on social media in Cameroon, India

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

28 August 2018

Remembering Kofi Annan's forgotten efforts in Timor-Leste

"Dozens of Timorese conducted a candle-light vigil in remembrance of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and his contribution to the Independence process of East Timor."

23 August 2018

Blooms of fire: How Japan celebrates summer with ‘hanabi’

The summer months of July and August in Japan are famed for their fireworks, known as 'hanabi' (花火) in Japanese. Here are some photos.

The artist ‘Headache Stencil’ uses graffiti to criticize military rule in Thailand

"If people see my work and start noticing that things aren’t fair, I’ve achieved my aim."

21 August 2018

Facebook admits it has been slow in addressing hate speech in Myanmar

Advox

"The ethnic violence in Myanmar is horrific and we have been too slow to prevent misinformation and hate on Facebook."

19 August 2018

Fans around the world celebrate as Akira turns 30

On July 16, 2018 netizens around the world marked the thirtieth anniversary of the release of Akira, a groundbreaking film that revolutionized animated movies forever.

11 August 2018

Condemnation of independence activist draws a red line for Hong Kong's press freedom

Advox

The Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club is under fire for organizing a talk by independence activist Andy Chan.

8 August 2018

What happens when women report sexual assault in Japan?

"If this happens again I will feel more powerless knowing there's probably nothing I can do, and nothing the police will do."

7 August 2018

As Malaysia's new government marks 100 days in office, is free speech still under threat?

Advox

"We hope to see a genuine departure from the old oppression, and a transition into a Malaysia where all ideas can be discussed peacefully and our constitutional rights exercised maturely."

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