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· February, 2012

Stories about East Asia from February, 2012

Thailand: Facebook Blamed for Teen Pregnancies

Netizens in Thailand react to the report of the National Economic and Social Development Board that popular social networking site Facebook is partly to blame for the unwanted teen pregnancies...

Taiwan: Say No to Ractopamine Tainted American Meat

Ractopamine, a leanness-enhancing feed additive, is banned in Taiwan and more than 150 other countries. However, under pressure from the US government, the newly elected Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is...

Video Highlights: Defending Human Rights

A selection of Global Voices' recent and interesting stories on video advocacy including indigenous rights and recent news from Latin America, East Asia, Western Europe and Sub Saharan Africa selected...

Myanmar: Visiting the Kachin Refugee Camp

Nang Nyi wrote about her experience when she and her friends visited a Kachin Refugee camp near the Shan State borders of Myanmar and China. Over 1000 Kachin people have...

Hong Kong, China: Visual Presentation of Why Hongkongers are Unhappy

Jing Gao from Ministry of Tofu translated an InfoGraphics published by Southern Metropolis Weekly that seeks to visualize Hong Kong people discontent.

China: Young Girl Burned & Disfigured By Son of Government Official

Fauna from ChinaSMACK translated some Weibo and forum posts about a brutal crime in Anhui, in which a young girl was burned and disfigured by the son of a local...

China: Capitalizing Social Network

Jin Ge from China Bubble Watch reports on how star micro-bloggers capitalize their social network by merging their influence with e-commerce.

Hong Kong: Scandals at the Eve of Chief Executive Selection

Cyril Pereira from Asia Sentinel has an update of the latest development of the selection of Chief Executive (city mayor) in Hong Kong. All candidates picked up by the power...

Singapore: Reactions to the Proposed 2012 Budget

Netizens react to the proposed 2012 budget of the Singapore government, which includes a commitment to lower the country’s dependence on foreign workforce, greater assistance to the elderly, the disabled...

China, Koreas: Netizens Express Humanitarian Concern Over North Korean Refugees

As the Chinese government continues to repatriate North Korean refugees who succeed in fleeing into China, views among the country's netizens are split but seem to show more sympathy than...

Indonesia: Should Government Censor ‘Rude’ Tweets?

Reacting to the report that Indonesia's Information Ministry plans to target ‘rude anonymous’ tweets, Unspun reminds authorities to focus on more important things like fixing the digital divide in the...

Cambodia: Network Against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

Established in 2005, Chab Dai (“joining hands” in Khmer) seeks to end trafficking and sexual exploitation in Cambodia through coalition building, community prevention, advocacy and research.

East Timor: Oil and Politics

Silas Everett writes about the impact of rising oil revenues on the politics of East Timor

China: 1 Billion Mobile Phone Users

C Custer wrote in Asia Tech News for the World on the latest statistic of mobile users in China. The country's mobile phone users will break 1 billion in February...

Hong Kong, India: Farewell to Hong Kong

A southern Indian diaspora is about to leave Hong Kong for long after working in the city for 16 years. He explains why he won't miss the city in his...

North Korea's Radio Jamming Fails Temporarily

North Korea Tech reports a temporary failure of North Korea’s external radio services and its powerful jamming operation that blocks foreign broadcasts.

East Timor: Cats, Monsters in Pre-Election Video Humor

Less than one month to go for the presidential elections in East Timor, and one of the most original uses of citizen media in the anticipation of the elections is...

China: Tibetan Matches

A satirical cartoon on the self-immolation of Tibetans and the conflict situation in Tibet. By Gianfranco Uber at Cartoon Movement.

Evil Overlords or Lucky Devils: The Men Who Rule Hong Kong

Time out Hong Kong from ChinaSMACK explains how the fate of Hong Kong is controlled by a number of tycoons while middle class have become slaves in the city.

China, U.S.A: Reading between the lines of Xi Jinping's U.S. visit

China Media Project has translated prominent blogger Yang Hengjun's recent analysis of three statements made by China's future president, Xi Jinping, in his visit to the U.S.A.

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