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Stories about East Asia

26 June 2019

Kim Kardashian's ‘Kimono’ clothing line causes consternation in Japan and around the world

Kardashian's line of lingerie bears no similarity to its Japanese namesake garment.

22 June 2019

Hong Kong anti-extradition protesters paralyze government and police operations

Among the demands made by Hong Kong's anti-extradition protesters is an independent investigation of police brutality in relation to the clashes on June 12.

21 June 2019

Is China headed towards another Cultural Revolution?: An interview with Professor Xu Youyu

"Justice has not been served to those who were killed, suppressed and jailed. Those who were exiled still can not return to their homeland."

19 June 2019

Hong Kong press watchdog calls for investigation into police abuse against 26 journalists during protests

Advox

"Journalist watchdog recorded 10 cases of police officers firing tear gas bombs at close range towards reporters, 3 of whom were hit on the head."

17 June 2019

‘Step down, Carrie Lam!': Two million rise up once more against Hong Kong extradition bill

Having flouted due process and ignored public criticism of an extradition bill amendment that could put Hongkongers at serious risk, Chief Executive Carrie Lam is paying the price.

Surprise victories in the 2019 midterm Philippine elections offer hope to the opposition

Despite being fiercely attacked by state-supported elements during the election season, the opposition succeeded in disrupting local political dynasties in some key cities.

15 June 2019

#JBF2019: Japan's Lego Brick Festival 2019 takes to Twitter

More than 270 Lego fans displayed their creations, and the thousands of people who attended Brickfest over the weekend shared photos on Twitter using the hashtag #JBF2019.

14 June 2019

Indonesia’s post-election riots led to free speech violations

Advox

"While we understand the government’s intention to stop the distribution of false information and protect the public, the decision has also inadvertently restricted public’s access to factual information."

In Hong Kong, authorities arrest the administrator of a Telegram protest group—and force him to hand over a list of its members

Advox

A list of members of the group-- which numbers between 20,000 and 30,000 people--, as well as all the messages exchanged in the secure chat, have been exposed to the...

Why are Hong Kong authorities labelling the anti-extradition demonstrations as “riots”?

As the majority of protesters were peaceful and had not engaged with violent acts, a large number of civic groups slammed the “riot” label as ludicrous.

13 June 2019

#KuToo: Japan petition against high heels in the workplace gains worldwide support

In Japan, employers are legally entitled to demand female employees wear uncomfortable high heels or pumps.

12 June 2019

Thousands of anti-extradition protesters block roads surrounding Hong Kong government headquarters

On the morning of June 12, protesters were able to postpone debate on the controversial extradition bill by the Legislative Council.

11 June 2019

Vietnamese victims of 2016 marine disaster have filed a landmark lawsuit against Formosa Plastics Group in Taiwan

A group of 7,875 Vietnamese plaintiffs launched a lawsuit in Taiwan against Formosa Plastics Group and other smaller stakeholders of the Ha Tinh Steel Corporation based in Vietnam.

Beyond Beijing: What China's 1989 Democracy Movement was like in Changsha

Interview with Andréa Worden about the events in Chinese city of Changsha during the spring of 1989 that she experienced first hand.

9 June 2019

Hundreds of thousands protest in Hong Kong against the extradition bill

Protesters said the proposed amendments would make it easier for mainland China to cause the arrest of critics, dissidents, and even journalists in Hong Kong.

7 June 2019

‘Everything is destroyed': Inside the ruins of Marawi City in the Philippines

"Despite the scale of the destruction, almost no clearing has been done yet. Bombed homes and establishments, plazas, churches, and mosques — everything is destroyed."

Xi Jinping has muzzled Chinese social sciences, says French sinologist Chloé Froissart

As China's GDP slows down, and unemployment grows, the situation will get worse with the absence of any mechanism for social dialogue. One cannot rule out violent riots.

5 June 2019

Record crowd commemorates Tiananmen Massacre at Hong Kong candlelight vigil

"Even though it is a crime to remember / The truth will find its courage to be told /The history that has happened will be revealed..."

Tiananmen commemorations: an inconvenient truth for Beijing, a dire warning for Hong Kong and Taiwan

As many witnesses and activists asked: when will Beijing finally acknowledge historical facts? When will it apologize to the families of the victims?

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