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Stories about East Asia

Online football clinic helps Indonesian children improve skills during the pandemic

"We hope to provide easy access for all Indonesian children to continue to develop their potential during difficult times like today."

Malaysia’s internet regulator deactivates Twitter account after offensive tweets exposed

"It is shocking that they violated Twitter's terms by acquiring an account of a person that had no shame with their racism, misogyny, anti-baldness."

Reviving L’bokator, Cambodia's ancient martial arts

The sport is now recognized by the World Martial Arts Association and will be included in the 2023 Southeast Asia Games,

What drives ‘J-Anon’, QAnon's Japanese counterpart?

Donald Trump seems to have found supporters amid Japan's religious cults.

A digital artist depicts the lives of Thais and the struggle for democracy

"It’s time for us to rise up for a better future not just for ourselves, but also for the generations to come.”

Lax regulations behind surge in Hong Kong's ‘nano flats,’ land use group says

"You can fry a fish while sitting on the bed."

Mass arrests in Hong Kong of participants in the pro-democracy camp's July 2020 primaries

A number of pro-democracy organizations and media outlets also received court orders directing them to hand in documents related to police investigations.

Singapore livestreams Parliament session for the first time but prohibits use for ‘satire, ridicule, or denigration’

"Reminder that this development was made possible because activists, opposition politicians, and the great mass of dissenting Singaporeans had pressured the government to do so."

Interview: Ex-Hong Kong lawmaker says education has become a scapegoat for the protests

Ip Kin-yuen, who is the vice-president of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union, told HKFP that while the situation is very grim, he is still hopeful that 2021 could bring...

Hong Kong pro-establishment camp uneasy about leadership takeover by newcomers

The new Bauhinia Party was established by a group of businessmen with mainland Chinese backgrounds.

Short videos by young Cambodians promote fight against COVID-19 disinformation

The videos discuss the role of young internet users in combatting disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.

Christmas in the Philippines in the time of Duterte and COVID-19

The government has discouraged family reunions, church gatherings and even prohibited the holding of Christmas parties.

COVID Christmas: Was it truly like no other?

For our world and the faiths we have, hasn't this Christmas been like all others—painful, often sordid, sometimes deadly?

Shooting of mother and son highlights institutionalized police violence in the Philippines

"This is what happens when we have leaders who consent and encourage such behavior from policemen."

Online backlash follows blurring of Christmas imagery on popular Chinese TV show

A Chinese online TV outlet had to pixelate its variety show's Christmas setting as the political campaign to boycott foreign festivals gained momentum.

2020 round-up: How the tragedy of COVID-19 became a success story for the China model

The year 2020 began with the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan. Throughout the year, COVID-19 was the most discussed topic on the Chinese social media.

Is the honeymoon over for Beijing and Hong Kong's Carrie Lam?

Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing camp is revolting against Chief Executive Carrie Lam, using the city’s failure to contain the COVID-19 outbreak as the pretext.

Crackdown against journalist and activists mars Human Rights Day in the Philippines

"We were forced to turn our backs for one hour while evidence was being planted."

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