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Stories about East Asia

23 January 2017

China Officially Outlaws Unauthorised VPNs

Global Voices Advocacy

The Chinese government has been blocking some VPN services in China since 2015, but the current policy has officially made unregistered VPN and web-hosting services illegal.

Filipino Farmers and Activists March for Justice and ‘La La Land Reform’

'Stop killing peasants who feed the nation,' reads one banner during the January 20 march organized by peasant groups and activists in the Philippines.

Snapshots of Migrants Working at a Riverside Brickworks in Myanmar

In some cases, children as young as five years of age share in their family’s labor when they really should be playing or studying at school.

21 January 2017

How the US Marines Spread Fake News About an Afghan ‘Terrorist’ In Okinawa

A long-term Afghan resident of Japan was accused of being a terrorist by an American military unit stationed in Okinawa Prefecture. It has since been debunked as "fake news".

15 January 2017

Thai Army Invites Children to Play with Real Guns, Tanks and Assault Helicopters

"[We're] familiarizing them with soldiers and weaponry. By familiarizing them, they learn to love soldiers and even become soldiers."

13 January 2017

Miniature Superhero Models Boost Jakarta Governor's Re-election Campaign in Indonesia

To show his support, a young Jakartan has created a miniature figure of Jakarta's controversial, famous governor.

12 January 2017

Nickelodeon Won’t Get Its Underwater Theme Park in the Philippines, If Environmentalists Have Their Say

"For a channel that targets children, Nickelodeon is setting a terrible example to the younger generation by taking away their right to enjoy our natural resources," says one critic.

11 January 2017

Hong Kongers Snap Protest Selfies With Government’s Palace Museum Project ‘Exhibition’

After a cultural project proceeds without public consultation and the government spends even more money on a television series to promote it, Hong Kongers stage acts of protest through selfies.

10 January 2017

Chinese Wonder If Smog Is Blackening Their Lungs Like It Is High-Speed Trains

"I don't think I will live as long as 80. Look at the train and see what happens to our lungs. My grandpa, aunt and uncle all have lung cancer."

9 January 2017

A Life Outside Work for Hong Kong’s Filipino Domestic Helpers

"We have to enjoy it rather than sitting down [and being] sad," says Michelle Saluta, a domestic worker, about her day off each week.

8 January 2017

An Indonesian Village's First Female Chief Ended Illegal Logging With Spies and Checkpoints

“I thought it was time for me to be brave and run for village leader,” Hamisah says.

Introducing ‘Vovinam’, a Vietnamese Martial Art Steeped in Political History

Vovinam, a response to French occupation of Vietnam, is an explosive hybrid of older practices found across the southeast Asian country.

Singapore's Prime Minister Leads Netizens in Expressing Gratitude for Foreign Workers

Local observers argue that real policies to protect migrant workers' rights are still absent in the wealthy Asian city state, however.

6 January 2017

Survey Finds Young Social Media Users in Hong Kong Tend to Distrust the Government

The survey also found that despite young people’s frequent online activity, most of them seldom participated in offline political events.

5 January 2017

A Japanese Researcher Tweets Vintage Photos Colorized Using Neural Networks

Anyone can use this interesting web-based tool to add color to black-and-white images.

3 January 2017

Veteran Journalists in Hong Kong Launch Non-Profit News Site in Defense of Press Freedom

Global Voices Advocacy

"In a time of chaos, we must distinguish right from wrong; when society is restless, we must stick to reason and fairness."

2 January 2017

Award-Winning Chinese Human Rights Journalist: ‘This is a Calling, Not a Career Choice’

Global Voices Advocacy

Twenty-six-year-old journalist Zhao Sile won a Hong Kong Human Rights Press Award for her 2016 story, "The Fate of Chinese Rights NGOs."

Foreign NGOs in China Face Uncertainty as Broad New Law Comes Into Effect

"One of the really negative effects of the law...is that whole sectors of the NGO community…suddenly feel that they are being treated as subversives or enemies..."

31 December 2016

Malaysians Can Have Their Cake and Eat It Too Inside McDonald's — But Only If It's Halal

"Has halal political correctness gone overboard? Will we one day see moral police invading houses to ensure that we are eating only halal food? When will common sense prevail?"

30 December 2016

A Satellite Launch Lights Up the Night Sky Over Japan

"A beautiful glow in the nighttime sky." "It was really impressive."

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