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Stories about East Asia

21 October 2016

In Venezuela, Indigenous Communities’ Struggles With Mining Are Far From Over

"With this decree, illegal mining in the Caura becomes legalized. Now they are definitely going to kill us."

19 October 2016

Chinese Netizens See Human Rights Violations in Child Protection Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

The new regulations attempt to protect children by requiring hardware companies to install surveillance software on their devices, and by promoting treatments for "Internet addiction."

18 October 2016

Myanmar’s Laws and Societal Attitudes Make Girls Vulnerable to Abuse

An 'International Day of the Girl' celebration in an internally displaced person camp in Kachin State, Myanmar highlights the lack of government protection of victims of gender-based violence in Myanmar.

Journalists Call on Timor-Leste PM to Drop Defamation Complaint Against Reporters

Global Voices Advocacy

Around the world, reporters are trying to get the prime minister of Timor-Leste to abandon a criminal complaint against two journalists who say he was involved in government corruption.

17 October 2016

A Japanese Artist's Highly Realistic Paper Sculptures Are Coming to the US

"My animal sculptures, made from an accumulation of newspapers, might perhaps be portraying ourselves and our lives, on many levels."

A Hong Kong Lawmaker Raises Suspicions With His Surprisingly Swift Renunciation of UK Citizenship

"This is a substantial intervention in the Legislative Council president election in Hong Kong and will affect the autonomy of the law-making body."

Did Hong Kong Just Reveal What It Really Values With Controversial Award?

In her speech, Fonia Wong Leung-fong urged young people to follow her example and work “four times harder than the average person."

14 October 2016

Some Japanese People Really Thought Haruki Murakami Would Finally Win the Nobel Prize This Time

Every year Japanese people wait in anticipation for Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. And every year they are disappointed.

13 October 2016

Hong Kong Citizens Express Dismay as Macau's Border Control Turns Them Away

Some were former activists, which has led many to question whether the Hong Kong government has a broad black list, which it shares with Macau authorities and Chinese authorities.

11 October 2016

Chinese Propaganda Authorities Promote Clinton-Trump ‘Love Song’ Spoof Videos

Global Voices Advocacy

Since they can't stop people from following the news, propaganda authorities are focusing on the more absurd aspects of the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

9 October 2016

Indonesia Drafts New Ban on Cyberbullying, But Activists Say They're the Target

Global Voices Advocacy

"The cyber law is used as an effective tool to spread fear against voices who want to unmask injustices in this country."

8 October 2016

New Discovery About Persians in Ancient Japan Generates Excitement

There's proof that Persians traveled the Silk Road to live and work in ancient Japan.

7 October 2016

Why Japanese Bathrooms Are the Best, and Other Videos

This popular video blog is hosted by children and explains what life is like in Japan.

5 October 2016

Chinese Authorities Shutter ‘Gongshi’ Intellectual Website, Leading Netizens to Ask: Is This ‘The End of Consensus'?

Global Voices Advocacy

"The authorities want us to shut down the website, saying that the platform had spread wrong ideas. With dismay, we shut down. This is my report."

Hong Kong's Iconic Post-WWII State Theatre Faces Demolition

"Indisputably an architectural gem both locally and surely has the potential to develop into a tourism highlight and a cultural landmark that Hong Kong people can be proud of."

4 October 2016

Feast Your Eyes on Brunei's Capital, the Day It Broke Free From Cars

Brunei's car-free day “aims to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce the city's carbon footprint.”

The Singaporean Prime Minister's ‘Simple’ Bus Breaks With India's VIP Culture

"We should learn from him and do away with this VIP culture in India."

Six Months After Massive Fish Kill in Central Vietnam, Thousands Protest Lack of Aid

"We know this regime won’t offer us justice. Nor do they represent the interests of the victims. (But) if the people don't speak out, no one will feel the pressure."

2 October 2016

Botched English Translation in Kyoto Implies Elderly People Are “Terrible Drivers”

"Why has the English translation ended up like this? This is offensive to elderly people and unacceptable coming from an international city."

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