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· April, 2014

Stories about East Asia from April, 2014

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

  30 April 2014

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 Tao from Beijing Cream compared such attitude with autism.

Mental Health Not a Priority in Cambodia

  27 April 2014

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, who aim to drive out bad spirits by burning the skin, or by the untrained staff of one-room health clinics...

Former Malaysian PM Blames Boeing for MH370 Disaster

  27 April 2014

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 must explain how all these means of tracking the plane can be disabled, can fail. Either Boeing technology is poor...

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Call to Stop Construction to Protect the Leopard Cats in Taiwan

  24 April 2014

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 home range is very broad, their habitats in Taiwan are easily disturbed by new construction projects. The Taiwanese environmental evaluation...

China Clamp Down on Slash Fiction

  23 April 2014

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 “create a healthy cyberspace”.  According to Offbeat China, since the launch of “Cleaning the Web 2014″, many Chinese fiction-sharing websites...

Top 10 Sites to Listen to Free Chinese Music Online

  23 April 2014

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 Chinese music but also western music.

East Timorese Protect Land Rights Against Australian Cement Plant Deal

  21 April 2014

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 and preserve the communities’ rights to their culture, development and traditional land rights.” According to the community organization, Kapeliwa, the government...

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