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· January, 2011

Stories about East Asia from January, 2011

Egypt Protests 2011 in Seoul, South Korea.

  31 January 2011

Korean and Egyptian activists held a protest together in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Seoul today. Several local media published articles on today's demonstration which titled ‘ A Protest for Mubarak's Withdrawl and Egyptian's Freedom’. The Financial News posted five photos of the protest(Click the black box below article).

Taiwan: Animal protection “cockroaches” on Facebook

  30 January 2011

Boogier warns facebook users to think twice before clicking “like” or “share” button on those pitiful stories and photos of stray dogs and poor dog carers. He criticizes this kind of tactics used to allure people by fake animal protectors-who he'd rather call “cockroaches”, and argues that more dogs are mistreated because of...

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Philippines: SIM cards – to register or not to register?

  30 January 2011

The mandatory cell phone SIM card registration proposal continues to generate an intense online debate in the Philippines as bloggers share their views whether the measure will be an effective anti-terror tool. Here are more voices from the Philippine blogosphere.

China: Censorship Virus Breaks into PKU Printers

  30 January 2011

Peking University's Portal Website calls for urgent attention on the recent introduction of censorship mechanism among the campus printing shops: no political sensitive materials can be photocopied inside the campus.

China: 88% of Chinese trust government?

  29 January 2011

Edelman, one of the top five global public relations firms, released its 2011 Trust Barometer on January 26 2011. The report indicates that China ranked first, with 88% trust, in the world in terms of trust government. On the other hand, the United States fell from 46% to 40%.

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Philippines: Online debate over SIM registration

  29 January 2011

The registration of cellphone subscriber identification module (SIM) cards has become a hot topic for Filipino netizens as lawmakers pushed for the measure in the wake of a recent bus bombing that allegedly involved the use of a cellphone.

China: Air force training exercise or Top Gun?

  28 January 2011

China Central Television reported on an air force training exercise on January 23. The news clip showed a target hit by the air-to-air missile fired by a J-10 fighter aircraft. However, netizens found out that the images look almost identical to a cinema scene from the Hollywood film Top Gun....

China: Current Affairs Commentary, the Internet and the Spirit of the Media

  28 January 2011

Veteran journalist Chang Ping (长平) has been forced by authorities to leave the Southern Media Group, where he has worked as an editor and columnist for years. It is believed that the decision is related to his current affair commentaries, a political act (see ESWN's translation) that he refuses to...

Japan: Free Press Association

  28 January 2011

Carrying on the mission of abolishing the monopoly in information in Japan [en], a group of freelance and online journalists founded the Free Press Association of Japan (日本報道協会, Nihon Hohdoh Kyohkai). The name of the non-profit association is still tentative but the first speaker has already been announced: Ichiro Ozawa,...

Taiwan: Ma Ying-jeou on Facebook

  28 January 2011

President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan(Republic of China) opens his official facebook fan page today. At the “About” session it says that the goal of the fan page “…is not to be trendy, but to exchange ideas with all of you, share experiences through wall posts, think together, click ‘like’ for...

Vietnam: Saigon earthquake

  28 January 2011

Adventure as Miss Saigon blogs about the recent 4.8 earthquake which hit Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Twitterers like MoodyRain, eds_m, and nguyenhimself also tweeted about it.

Vietnamese Calligraphy

  28 January 2011

HCMC Today describes a sample of the Vietnamese Calligraphy in Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in Vietnam.

About our East Asia coverage

Oiwan Lam is the North East Asia editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

Mong Palatino is the South East Asia editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

Nevin Thompson is the Japan editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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