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· December, 2010

Stories about East Asia from December, 2010

North Korea's State-run TV Broadcasted its First Western-made Film

North Korea's state-run television broadcasted its first Western-made film, a heavily edited “Bend It Like Beckham”. The British soccer film contains North Korea's taboo topics, like interracial relationships, homosexuality and...

Japan: Top popular Japanese phrases of 2010

Pinktentacle reported and translated into English the “Top 60 popular Japanese words/phrases of 2010″, published on the website of Jiyu Kokuminsha.

Glimpses of Citizen Media from Portuguese language countries in 2010

Throughout 2010 the lusophone blogsphere has given new perspectives on important issues that mainstream media tends to ignore. Read this post and discover a selection of the voices that Global...

Our Most Read Posts in 2010

On Global Voices we work with a large volunteer community to publish stories about what is happening in blogs and citizen media around the world. These are some of the...

Hungary: Relations With China

Hungarian Spectrum writes about Hungary's economic and financial relations with China.

Tunisia: The Cry of Protestors Echoes Around the World

The cries of Tunisians, protesting against corruption and joblessness for the past two weeks, is gathering momentum on the World Wide Web. Netizens from around the world are rallying behind...

Taiwan: Concerns about press freedom

Media freedom has come into the spotlight in Taiwan recently. Michael Turton has a good summary of the issues. A Taipei Times reporter writes about how the proposed changes to...

China, Congo and Japan: Soccer politics

Ministry of Tofu translates Chinese netizens’ reactions over a recent soccer fans riot in Congo. The African soccer fans had mistaken the Japanese referee as Chinese and smashed Chinese-own stores...

Malaysia-Indonesia Soccer Match Turns Into War of Words

Malaysia and Indonesia are the two finalists in the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup. Two twitter hashtags made it into the worldwide trending topics, ‘Hate Malaysia’ and ‘#loveindonesia’ as Indonesian...

South Korea: Court Rules In Favor of Free Internet Speech

South Korea’s Constitutional Court has ruled that a law that bans the spreading of false information online is unconstitutional in a petition filed by a famous online blogger ‘Minerva’, who was indicted...

Japan: A year of blogs

As the character 暑 (sho) meaning ‘hot or heat' was chosen to represent the year 2010 at the annual ceremony in Kyoto, let's see a selection of “hot topics” that...

Wikileaks, Thaileaks, Indoleaks, Pinoyleaks

There are Wikileaks clones in Southeast Asia: Thaileaks from Thailand, Indoleaks from Indonesia and Pinoyleaks from the Philippines. These websites were established/revived this month to support the work started by...

Cambodia: Top 10 events of 2010

Natasha Robertson lists the Top 10 events of 2010 in Cambodia. At the top of the list is the tragedy during the Water Festival.

Cambodia: Phnom Penh Postal Codes

Kounila Keo from Cambodia publishes the postal codes in Phnom Penh City.

Cambodia: Jailed for printing an article from the internet

vutha doubts if there is freedom of expression in Cambodia after a UN staff member was sentenced to 6 months in prison for printing an article from a website and...

China: Press conference held following suspicious death of rural activist

It has not been a peaceful week in the news, with a crossbow-shooting bomber-petitioner in Beijing, a city administration official killed with a screwdriver today in Fujian province, and the...

South Korea Defined North Korea as ‘Enemy’ in Defense White Paper

South Korea Defense ministry has decided to label North Korea as its “enemy” from its newest defense white paper, reflecting the intensified military tension between two Koreas. Some of South...

China: Christmas Day death of a Zhejiang village leader

After more than 5 years of leading and serving prison time for protests against fixed elections and illegal land expropriation, the former leader of Zhaiqiao village in Zhejiang province, Qian...

Philippines: Filipinos welcome new year with new banknotes

The Philippine Central Bank has issued a new set of generation bank notes which features not only improved security measures, but more so it heralds a new design highlighting historical...

Cambodia: Review of 2010

Tharum Bun from Cambodia reviews the major news events in the year 2010.

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