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22 May 2017

In Japan, Plastic Food Models Aren't Just for Restaurants Anymore

"Is there anyone out there who is going to say, "Wow, cool, I can customize my smartphone case with salmon roe?" I think I'll be the only one."

Malaysian Editors Face Cybercrime Charges for Posting a Video that Criticized Attorney General

Global Voices Advocacy

In the video, which was taken during a press briefing, a former member of the ruling party called for the resignation of the attorney general.

Panic Over Russian Online Suicide Game Sparks ‘Whale Hunt’ in China

Global Voices Advocacy

Pro-government groups are waging a campaign against the game, and internet censors have predictably gone into overdrive.

20 May 2017

Japanese Committee Clears Path for Vague and Controversial Anti-Conspiracy Bill

The legislation will cover nearly 300 crimes if it passes. Critics have argued personal liberties are at stake.

18 May 2017

#FreeThe5KH Campaign Seeks Release of Five Detained Human Rights Activists in Cambodia

The five have been recognized as among the finalists in the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2017.

13 May 2017

How ‘Aspie’ Is Misunderstood, Mistranslated and Misused In Japan

"Will (people living with Aspergers syndrome) be happy to hear the term asupe used as slang, I wonder?"

12 May 2017

Thailand Threatens to Take Facebook to Court Over Anti-Monarchy Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

Tha Thailand government has given Facebook until Tuesday, May 16, 2017, to remove the 131 remaining 'anti-monarchy' posts.

11 May 2017

How Photography Shaped Our Narratives of the Vietnam War

An interview about war and propaganda with the photographer of one of the most iconic images of the Vietnam War.

7 May 2017

Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Uses His Ten-Second Defeat of Tai Chi Master to Challenge Chinese Kung Fu Bureaucrats

Have traditional Chinese martial arts devolved into too much performance and too little skill? One Mixed Martial Arts fighter thinks so, and has put his money where his mouth is.

WeChat? Not in Russia You Don't.

RuNet Echo

Last week, Russia’s federal censor blocked WeChat, China’s largest mobile messaging app. According to Russia’s media censor, Roskomnadzor, WeChat failed to register with the federal government.

6 May 2017

Photographer Chronicles Day-to-Day Life in Tokyo

From stunning portraits to cultural scenes that may not be around for much longer, Lee Chapman is passionate about documenting life in Tokyo.

5 May 2017

Wanna Share News on Social Media? With China's New Rules, You'll Need a Permit For That.

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is like asking us to uninstall all the communication tools or else whenever you speak, you could violate the law."

Young Girl Quits Malaysian Chess Tournament After Organizers Call Her Knee-Length Skirt ‘Seductive’

"The police should not only be looking into the claims of the breach of dress code but the fact that a child was possibly sexualised by an adult.”

4 May 2017

Netizen Report: Vietnam Says Facebook Will Cooperate With Censorship Requests on Offensive and ‘Fake’ Content

Global Voices Advocacy

Vietnam makes a deal with Facebook, beef controversy leads to online harassment in India and French authorities push to globalize ‘right to be forgotten’.

3 May 2017

Where Are All the Ordinary People in China's Hit Anti-Corruption Show ‘In the Name of the People'?

[The series] should have been called “Feudal Hereditary System”, as the drama suggests peasants’ children are likely to be corrupt officials and villains while officials’ children are mostly upright..."

‘Crusading’ Philippine Environment Minister Shares Her Visits to Open Pit Mines on Facebook

"I clearly saw that the mine tailings had killed the economy of the entire area," wrote the environment secretary on her Facebook page.

1 May 2017

A Software Engineer's Blog Takes Readers on Bike Rides Through Japan's Backroads

Friedl's blog is a great way to explore Japan by bike, even if you aren't in Japan or don't necessarily own a bike.

30 April 2017

Five Foods From Vietnam That Might Be a Little Hard to Swallow for Non-Vietnamese

Have you tried any of these? Fertilized duck egg, Vietnamese pizza with duck's blood, coconut larvae, country rat, and fried cicadas.

The ‘Royal Duck’ Scarf Trends in Brunei, But Some Are Disappointed With Its Hefty Price Tag

"The amount of selfies I have seen of people just to show their dUCK scarves is part of what Islam does not encourage: vanity."

29 April 2017

“I'm Glad I'm From Tohoku” Trends on Twitter Following Japanese Politician's Cruel Words

A Japanese cabinet minister's insensitive remarks spurred a popular Twitter hashtag supporting Japan's northeastern Tohoku region, as well as the minister's resignation.

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