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· April, 2014

Stories about East Asia from April, 2014

How to Rent an Apartment in China

Chengdu Living teaches readers how to rent an apartment in China without going through the agent by giving a 5 step-to-step guide.

China: Party Mouthpiece Urges Not to Use Non-Chinese Words

The Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily has been advocating the public to stop the direct use of non-Chinese words such as “iPhone” and “Wi-fi” in the Chinese language. Anthony...

Some See a Success Story. Others See a ‘Thieving’ Undocumented Immigrant

Betty Wong was smuggled into Hong Kong from mainland China in 2003 when she was 8. Her story, from undocumented immigrant to medical student, was met with online attacks.

South Koreans Accuse Government of Botching Ferry Response

It's been 14 days since the Sewol ferry capsized, and 205 people are confirmed dead. Politicians taking advantage of the calamity and media inaccuracy have fueled anger in South Korea.

MH370: Australian Prime Minister Talks Up Hunt for Missing Airliner

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks up the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner MH370.

8 Shocking Quotes from Malaysian Politicians

Balik Cina is a new website which compiles some of the hilarious and notorious quotes made by Malaysian politicians.

China's Revised Environmental Law Toughens Penalties Against Polluters

The new law lends more power to environmental agencies to use punitive powers to rein in powerful polluters and does away with caps on pollution fines.

Mental Health Not a Priority in Cambodia

Writing for Southeast Asia Globe, Denise Hruby reported how the mentally ill in many rural areas of Cambodia are being treated: …the mentally ill are still treated by traditional healers,...

Former Malaysian PM Blames Boeing for MH370 Disaster

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad wanted Boeing to take responsibility for the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airline flight MH370. He wrote in his blog: Boeing built this aircraft. Boeing...

“I Sold Out to China”-One Journalist's Experience with China's Censors

Leslie Anne Jones from aeon talks about her personal experience with China's censors during her time as a journalist for a local expat magazine. She discovers how she was not permitted...

Call to Stop Construction to Protect the Leopard Cats in Taiwan

Leopard cat is listed as a vulnerable species [zh] in Taiwan. Since the big cats live in the forests and jungles in both plains and in hilly areas and their...

Win Tin: Myanmar’s Longest-held Political Prisoner Dies at 85

Burmese journalist and activist Win Tin is one of the leaders of the pro-democracy movement.

China Clamp Down on Slash Fiction

China recently launched a crackdown on online pornographic content: “Cleaning the Web 2014″. According to the campaign, all online texts, pictures, videos, and ads with pornographic content will be deleted in order to...

Top 10 Sites to Listen to Free Chinese Music Online

China Whisper listed 10 most popular online music sites in China. These sites provide online music, free music downloads and many other functions. Most of the sites offer not only free...

A Peek at Hong Kong's Collaborative Sharing Economy

Different initiatives in Hong Kong connect people with others to help fix household items, give away unwanted goods and borrow a book.

East Timorese Protect Land Rights Against Australian Cement Plant Deal

The announcement of a new cement plant project by an Australian company in Baucau, northeast of East Timor, has led local community groups to set up a non-governmental organization “to protect...

VIDEO: Judging Boyfriends by Their Housing in Hong Kong

In this funny video, the mother in a viral video reacts differently to her daughter's boyfriend depending on where he says he lives.

Philippine Jeepney: World War II Surplus Vehicle that Became a Cultural Icon

The jeepney is the undisputed ‘King of the Road’ in the past half-century in the Philippines. Check out some creative designs and practical uses of this famous vehicle.

How Technology and Citizen Media Shaped Taiwan's Sunflower Movement

Members set up a number of websites dedicated to the protest against a trade deal with China, whose passage without a clause-by-clause review sparked the occupation of the legislature.

28 Dead, 268 Still Missing in South Korean Ferry Sinking

A South Korean ferry heading to a resort island sank with hundreds of passengers. The captain and crew evacuated early, well before most of the passengers.

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