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Stories about East Asia

20 February 2018

‘Voices for Momos’ Campaign Seeks to Protect Myanmar’s Last Remaining Elephants

Myanmar’s wild elephant population is estimated to be between 1,400 to 2,000.

19 February 2018

Chinese State TV Lambasted for ‘Racist’ Lunar New Year Sketch Featuring Blackface

"My first Chinese New Year watching the annual CCTV spring gala and they trot out a Chinese lady in blackface...with a pet "monkey" (played by a man from Cote D'Ivoire)..."

17 February 2018

A Fascinating Glimpse Into the Life of a Popular Chimpanzee in Pre-War Japan

"In the 1930s, one of the most popular animals at Tennoji Zoo in Osaka was Rita the chimpanzee."

12 February 2018

What Were Global Voices’ Readers up to Last Week?

During the week of February 5-11, 2018, Global Voices' stories and translations attracted readers from 195 countries!

11 February 2018

An Introduction to #MeToo in Japan

How is Japan experiencing its own #MeToo moment?

10 February 2018

Taiwan Literature Award for Migrants Makes Space for Different Narratives

Rising Voices

Since 2014, the Taiwan Literature Awards for Migrants has provided a platform for foreign-born people in Taiwan to share their stories.

How Apple is Paving the Way to a ‘Cloud Dictatorship’ in China

Advox

Now Apple that has kowtowed to the CCP, how long will other tech companies be able to resist the pressure?

9 February 2018

Netizen Report: Cyber Attacks Sideline Independent Media in Azerbaijan, Philippines

Advox

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

8 February 2018

Macau’s Cybersecurity Law: Less About Security, More About Surveillance (And Censorship)

Advox

Various critics say the proposed law will provide a legal framework for mass surveillance, much more so than improve network security.

4 February 2018

Decades After US Immigration Policy Separated His Family, a Man Searches for His Ancestral Village in China

“Family members, friends, neighbors have followed each other...since humans started migrating. It's only been recently that the term has become a dirty word promoted by politicians with an agenda."

1 February 2018

Malaysiakini News Site Will Appeal Defamation Case by Gold Mining Firm, Thanks to Crowdfunding by Readers

Advox

"This could drive media away from critically investigating and reporting issues of public interest that involved big corporations. This will further shrink the media freedom in the country."

Hong Kong Legislative Candidate's Disqualification Is Criticized as ‘Anti-Human Rights’

"...the Decision has used political opinion or affiliation as a ground to deprive her of the right to stand for election – which is unreasonable, unlawful and unconstitutional."

30 January 2018

Myanmar Digital Activists Come Together to Protect People's Rights Online at #DigitalRightsMM

Advox

Myanmar's mobile penetration rate has soared from 2.5 percent to more than 90 percent, bringing a wave of developments and difficulties in the digital rights realm.

A Victim of Police Brutality in Myanmar Seeks Justice While Confronting Racist Comments on Social Media

Advox

Hate speech comments attacking the complainant based on his facial appearance, skin color, and ethnic identity became more prominent than the original issue of police brutality.

25 January 2018

Rejected by Australia and Condemned to Detention in Indonesia, Refugees Protest Life in Limbo

The Bridge

"Australian NGOs have denounced this 'Indonesian Solution', arguing that their government is paying Jakarta “hundreds of millions of dollars to detain and warehouse asylum seekers."

#MeToo Has Hit China's Universities, Despite Efforts of Internet Censors

Advox

After months of censorship, a student's viral account of sexual misconduct by a renowned university professor has forced the discussion into the open.

23 January 2018

Chaos in the Capital: Photos of Record Snowfall in Tokyo

Heavy snow shuts down Tokyo and provides a chance to snap stunning pictures.

In Indonesian Papua, Dozens of Children Have Died From Measles and Chickenpox While Awaiting Medical Care

"Does anyone want to go there and get real data about their condition? And why do we only now say this is a problem?"

22 January 2018

Filipino Bloggers Rally to Defend Rappler News Site

Advox

"We stand against moves to silence and scare journalists, bloggers and media practitioners just because the President and his ardent supporters dislike their news and views."

Does a New Japanese Robotic Wheelchair Offer “Answers to Problems Disabled People Don't Have”?

The Bridge

"Instead of developing new technologies that might prove unsuitable, why not at the very least also train more professional carers?"

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