Stories about East Asia from February, 2012
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 in the country. Thailand has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancies in the world.
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 now considering lifting the ban.
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 by Juliana Rincón Parra.
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 been staying at this refugee camp ever since fighting broke out between the government army and the Kachin Independence Army
Jing Gao from Ministry of Tofu translated an InfoGraphics published by Southern Metropolis Weekly that seeks to visualize Hong Kong people discontent.
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 government official after she had rejected his love. [Warning: the link contains distressful photos.]
Jin Ge from China Bubble Watch reports on how star micro-bloggers capitalize their social network by merging their influence with e-commerce.
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 bloc are tainted with corruption scandals.
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 and the lower-income families, and boosting the capacity of public transport and public hospitals.
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 adherence to realpolitik
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 country
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.
Silas Everett writes about the impact of rising oil revenues on the politics of East Timor
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 2012 and about 13.7 percent of China’s mobile users are on 3G.
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 blog, Walkerjay.
North Korea Tech reports a temporary failure of North Korea’s external radio services and its powerful jamming operation that blocks foreign broadcasts.
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 not serious at all - user Slogheinn on Youtube, has uploaded a series of humorous videos that mock four of the best known presidential candidates.
A satirical cartoon on the self-immolation of Tibetans and the conflict situation in Tibet. By Gianfranco Uber at Cartoon Movement.
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 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.
Since February 2009, 23 Tibetans have self-immolated to protest for a free Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama. In the month of the Tibetan New Year, activists from all over the world are showing their support for Tibetans through protests and prayers.