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Stories about East Asia

6 February 2016

These Speed Drawing Videos Promote Tolerance and Women Empowerment in Indonesia

"With the spread of extremist doctrines targeting vulnerable youth, the need for alternative messages to violent intolerance that celebrate Indonesia’s spirit of pluralism and unity in diversity is increasingly urgent."

China Tries to Be Hip With Its Latest Political Propaganda Songs

Chinese Communist Party propaganda now comes in rap form, with lyrics like, "Say it with me, The Four Comprehensives, The Four Comprehensives, a prosperous society is the goal".

5 February 2016

Global Deforestation Is Decreasing. Or Is It?

A new look at the complex picture of changes in land use suggests that, when it comes to forests, we’re far from being out of the woods.

4 February 2016

Political Interference? The Culling of Japan's Broadcasters Culminates in a Respected Journalist's Ouster

"Pressure from the Abe government? All newscasters critical of the government have been taken off the air, one after the other."

Malaysia's ‘Toxic’ Politics Are Similar to ‘Game of Thrones’, Says Prime Minister's Brother

"The future terrifies me: I just can't see how our institutions can recover, how our political atmosphere can become less toxic, how our international reputation can be repaired."

Colorized Photos Show Manila in Ruins After the Second World War

"100,000 Filipinos perished, government buildings lay in ruins—and Manila was Pearl of the Orient no more."

1 February 2016

A Syrian Man Takes Refuge in a Korean Honeymoon Resort Island

Ahmed Lababidi, 22, left the war-ravaged city of Aleppo back in 2012, fleeing across the Turkish border. He followed his younger brother on a journey to South Korea.

28 January 2016

Japanese TV Personality's Career Demolished After Affair With Married Musician

A relatively tame sex scandal highlights the unforgiving nature of Japan's entertainment industry.

27 January 2016

Hong Kong’s Plan to Phase Out Domestic Ivory Trade

The authorities in Hong Kong have announced plans to impose a ban on the import and export of elephant hunting trophies, phasing out entirely the domestic ivory trade.

26 January 2016

A Rare Snowy Day in Taiwan

Many Taiwanese took the opportunity to take photos of the perhaps once-in-a-lifetime snowy scenery.

25 January 2016

Are You Scanning Me, or Am I Scanning You? The Power Dynamics of China's WeChat

The Bridge

"Our phones have become extensions of our social  and physical  selves. When these devices touch, it’s an intimate gesture with the ability to convey identity, power, and intention."

Meet the Thai Facebook User Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison for Insulting the Monarchy

Global Voices Advocacy

"It made me question why Thailand is still so poor, and why the poor in Thailand are so repressed.”

23 January 2016

Chinese Netizens Climb Over the Great Firewall to Go After Advocates of Taiwanese Independence

A mainland Chinese netizens’ movement aimed at silencing pro-independence Taiwanese "through civilized methods” has become a humourous emoji battle and a tech lesson in scaling the Great Firewall of China.

Get a Glimpse of Life in ‘Fair Japan’

Japanophiles, rejoice! Many amazing images of the country can be found in the New York Public Library's digital image archive, now in the public domain.

22 January 2016

Photos of a Misty Morning Sun Rising Over Myanmar's Last Royal Capital

Photographer Zaw Zaw captured the beauty of Mandalay during one morning above Myanmar's last royal capital.

The Ever-Blurring Line Between Entertainment and Politics in China and Taiwan

A teenage K-pop performer's apology for waving a Republic of China flag—interpreted as supporting Taiwanese independence—recently went viral.

21 January 2016

In Photos: Farmers Harvest Buckets of Glimmering Sea Salt in Myanmar

Many salt farmers in Myanmar are already migrating to other countries in search of better opportunities. This photo montage features salt farming along Myanmar's southeast coast.

20 January 2016

China Is Blocking Circumvention Tools With Help of Cloud Service Providers

Global Voices Advocacy

Experts estimate that between 1% and 3% of China's internet users are using circumvention tool to visit overseas websites. But this could change with new restrictions.

19 January 2016

Expand Your Movie-Watching Horizons With These 16 Films From Around the World

The Bridge

Follow the exploits of a transgender dad, a rotten tomato, Iranian rockers, a janitor-turned-mayor and others in this list of films that take you to the world beyond Hollywood.

18 January 2016

Why Do Hong Kongers Call Chief Executive CY Leung ‘689’?

Hint: it's not a nice nickname.

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