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Stories about East Asia

29 May 2016

How a Hmong Song Tradition Is Kept Alive in the American Midwest

Kwv txhiaj has its origins in southern China and Southeast Asia, is several centuries old and is kept alive through its singers. One of them calls the US Midwest home.

Myanmar Wants the World to Stop Using the Word Rohingya for Persecuted Ethnic Group

"Rather than arguing over terminology, it is crucial to initiate a dialogue between the Buddhist majority and Muslim minority and negotiate a lasting solution."

28 May 2016

How Beauty Trends Have Changed in Japan Over the Past 100 Years

From long hair to short, from heavy make-up to more subtle, beauty conventions in Japan have undergone a fascinating transformation over the past century.

27 May 2016

‘I Do Not Want Any Children to Develop Cancer Like Me’, a Fukushima Resident Says

An independent filmmaker interviewed a young woman from Fukushima Prefecture, ground zero of the March 2011 nuclear disaster, who has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

26 May 2016

China’s Independent Journalists Face High Risks — And Are in High Demand

Global Voices Advocacy

Outside the umbrella of the media institution, independent journalists face many risks, but their work is becoming increasingly influential in China's media ecology.

23 May 2016

In Japan, the Panama Papers Are Met With a Collective Shrug

"If the government doesn't get mad and stays quiet, it's the Japanese people who will have the last laugh."

21 May 2016

How a Self-Taught Translator Created a Literary Masterpiece One Word at a Time

Deborah Smith only started to learn Korean six years ago. Her translation of Han Kang's book "The Vegetarian" just won the Man Booker International Prize for fiction.

20 May 2016

On Not Becoming a Buddhist

The Bridge

Did a visit to the Japanese Buddhist temple of Tada-ji and the statue of Yakushi Nyorai help save a sick infant? Is it even possible to know?

Chinese Demand Harsher Laws to Stop Bullying After a Teenager's Beating Death

"We can't clean out the weeds by pulling them out one by one. School bullying, teenage violence, all these uncivilized behaviors are rooted in society and family."

18 May 2016

Filipino Farmers Hit by El Niño Are Protesting and Demanding Food Aid

"We can look for alternative crops to plant. But right now there is simply nothing – just hectares of dust that even weed won’t grow on."

17 May 2016

Singaporeans Are Urged to Eat Less Rice, As Fears Grow About Links to Diabetes

Does eating rice pose a greater risk of diabetes that consuming sugar? Singaporeans are duking it out over this very question.

Beijing Police Really Want You to Know a Man Who Died in Custody Was Accused of Soliciting a Prostitute

As if that really matters. The troubling case has left some netizens believing that police are trying to cover up a young environmentalist's death after he was arrested.

16 May 2016

Chinese Censors Crack Down on ‘Illegal’ Live-Streaming, Including Erotic Banana Eating

Global Voices Advocacy

As it is impossible to pre-screen live-streamed content, China's public security bureau has set up a police station at the office of major live-streaming platform to oversee what is broadcast.

Anti-Counterfeiting Group Ousts Alibaba, Chinese Consumers Unsympathetic

"Stay at home. If your counterfeits are high quality and cheap, Chinese people will support you and no one will disqualify you."

15 May 2016

Taking Back Japan, One History Textbook at a Time?

The Bridge

By pushing for the omission of certain ideas from history textbooks, the current Japanese administration is promoting a revisionist view of the country's past. Will they succeed?

13 May 2016

Five Things to Know About the Millions of Dead Fish Washing Up on Vietnam's Central Coast

"Clearly they don’t look at us as people, but animals. They want us to die with the fish."

Indonesians Light Candles and Seek Justice for Murdered Teenage Rape Victim

"We're all saddened by the tragic loss of Yuyun. Perpetrators must be arrested and receive maximum punishment. Women and children must be protected from violence."

Striking Google Satellite Photos Show Landslide Damage in Japan After Earthquakes

At least 49 people died in collapsed buildings and landslides, and tens of thousands more were evacuated as the result of frequent and violent aftershocks.

12 May 2016

Twitter Provides a Treasure Trove of Photos of China and Japan During World War II

Two Twitter accounts provide a much-needed look back at World War II in China and the rest of Asia.

These Images Illustrate How Litter Is Destroying Myanmar's Famous Landmarks

"If you set an example by by being careful with where you throw away your trash, we can raise the standards of our country."

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