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· November, 2013

Stories about East Asia from November, 2013

China: Ai Weiwei's Flower Protest

The Chinese government has restricted artist-activist Ai Weiwei from traveling outside the country since 2011 when he was prosecuted with Tax evasion. To express his discontent, he decided to put...

Hospitals Paralyzed by Nationwide Walkout of Doctors in Indonesia

‘Stop Criminalizing Doctors!’ was the cry of doctors who conducted a walkout in Indonesia against a Supreme Court ruling which found three doctors guilty of malpractice.

South Korea: A Thousand Buddhist Monks Join Protests Against Election Manipulation

Spurred by the latest revelation about South Korean government's systemic interference in the latest presidential election, more and more religious leaders have begun to speak out. Following Catholic leaders’ mass candlelight vigils,...

Tokyo Governor Money Scandal Turns Graphic Meme

Tokyo Metropolitan Governor apologizes over money scandal. Japan's twitter users take it as a joke.

Global Voices Meetup in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Join us for peer learning and exchange at the next Global Voices Meetup in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on December 1, 2013 at the Sithi Hub.

South Korea: Ordinary Citizen's Extraordinary Feat in Revealing Election Manipulation

Twitter user @zarodream has been receiving congratulatory messages from fellow South Korean Tweeters for providing crucial leads in unraveling the spy agency's election manipulation activities done via Twitter. According to interview [ko], @zarodream,...

Political Prisoners of China Playing Cards

Anthony Tao reviewed a card game at Kotaku. It is called “Political Prisoners of China Playing Cards”. The two jokers are: Xi Jinping and Hu Jintao. Top political prisoner is...

South Korea Retaliates Against Outspoken Catholic Priest with ‘Pro-North’ Accusations

A Catholic priest vocal in his criticism against South Korea's president over her government's electioneering scandal has been branded a 'pro-North Korea sympathizer' and is under investigation.

Thailand Catching Fire as Anti-Government Protests Intensify

More than 100,000 anti-government protesters have stormed the streets of Bangkok in the past three days. Tensions rose when protesters occupied several government buildings

Chinese Local Media Silent on Deadly Qingdao Explosion

"Censorship will always exist, but the media's real strength of character can always find a way to show its courage and conscience."

Fashion Show in Japan Takes on Violence Against Women

Asian Women’s Association, a non-profit women's right organization is organizing a fashion show entitled Fashion Resistance to Militarism to appeal the issue of violence against women.

Indonesia-Australia Diplomatic Tension Escalates Over Wiretapping

A diplomatic row erupted between Australia and Indonesia after a document leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that Australia has been conducting spying operations against some Indonesian leaders

Wanted Tiananmen Activist Rebuffed in Attempt to Surrender to China Again

Wu'er Kaxi turned himself to the Hong Kong government in the airport and asked for extradition to mainland China as a fugitive. But he was expelled to Taiwan shortly after.

South Korea's Spy Agency, Military Sent 24.2 Million Tweets to Manipulate Election

A recent investigation revealed that the latest presidential election manipulation was done systematically and on a massive scale. The South Korean Twittersphere is buzzing with angry comments.

Tiananmen Student Activist Asks Hong Kong Government to Arrest Him

Tiananmen student activist, Wu’er Kaixi, was landed in Hong Kong International airport today (November 25), initially for flight transit. However, he refused to get onto the plane and asked the...

Hong Kong Slutwalk 2013

Evan Fowler from the Housenews explained the significance of slutwalk in Hong Kong. The recent comments of Security Chief Lai Tung Kwok, who suggested women should not “drink too much”...

Is South Korea Encouraging Portal Sites to Self-Censor?

The South Korean government has announced plans to allow large portal sites to censor or delete user comments that are deemed libelous or slanderous.

After Haiyan Disaster, Philippines Calls for Relief and Justice for Climate Change Victims

As the Philippines continues to ask for global aid in the wake of the devastating impact of typhoon Haiyan, many Filipinos are also asking world leaders to tackle climate change

Twitter Farce Follows Revelations of Australia Spying on Indonesian President

A political strategist eats his words after using Twitter to comment on the stand off between Australia and Indonesia over spying revelations.

Video: Hong Kong Country Parks’ Naturescapes

To advocacy for the preservation of country parks, Francis So made a time lapse video on the landscapes of various country parks in Hong Kong.

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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