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· September, 2014

Stories about East Asia from September, 2014

30 September 2014

Fears of a Tiananmen-Style Crackdown Swirl in Hong Kong as Pro-Democracy Protests Continue

Occupy Central is calling for Hong Kong's chief executive to resign, while members of both pro-government and opposition camps fear violent intervention from Beijing.

6 English-Language Blogs to Help You Better Understand Japan

A list of the best in Japanese blogs covering Japanese current events, culture, politics, crime and more. Did we miss a blog? Let us know in the comments!

Pope Francis will Visit the “Ground Zero’ of Typhoon Haiyan Disaster in the Philippines

Twitter Users Proclaim the Death of Indonesia's Democracy as Lawmakers Scrap Direct Voting of Regional Assemblies

The Twitter hashtags #RIPDemokrasi and #ShameOnYouSBY were trending as Indonesians expressed displeasure over the vote and against outgoing president SBY.

29 September 2014

Pro-Democracy Protesters Have Turned Central Hong Kong Into a Colorful Sea of Umbrellas

Dubbed the "umbrella revolution" in some media, protesters have withstood authorities' tear gas and pepper spray using umbrellas for protection.

Taiwanese See in Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Protests What a Future With China Might Be Like

More than a thousand people gathered in the Freedom Square in Taiwan to express their solidarity with Hong Kong protesters.

How to Go Trainspotting in China Without Being Charged With Espionage

YouTube vlogger RailKingJP regularly uploads fantatsic footage of his trainspotting adventures in Japan and abroad. New to the hobby? He also offers tips and tricks for tracking down trains.

28 September 2014

Hong Kong Police Unleash Tear Gas on Peaceful Pro-Democracy Protesters

The police cracked down on protesters after Occupy Central with Love and Peace began a massive sit-in calling for genuine democratic elections.

Laos Joins Southeast Asian Neighbors in Imposing Stricter Internet Controls

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The new law will criminalize online criticism of government policies and outlaw "Spreading information that distorts truth or tarnishes the dignity and rights of individuals, sectors, institutions and organizations."

27 September 2014

Video of Japan's Mount Ontake Eruption as it Happened

One person has been left dead, nearly fifty climbers are severely injured, and ten people are missing after Mount Ontake, a popular climbing spot, in central Japan, erupted.

Violent Clashes Between Hong Kong Police and Peaceful Student Protesters

Hundreds of student protesters raised their hands to show they were unarmed and formed a human shield to block riot police. But they were pepper sprayed and dozens arrested.

Philippine Mall Apologizes For Selling Shirts that Say Rape is a ‘Snuggle with a Struggle’

This week Internet users were also enraged after a female model on a leash was pulled by a man, while she was on all fours, at a fashion show.

Thailand's Military Stops University Lecture on ‘Authoritarianism’ and Detains Professors

Academics from various universities in Thailand have deplored the action taken by the army and the government as an attack on academic freedom.

25 September 2014

China Sentences Peaceful Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti to Life in Prison

"I scream for our ethnic group, but I scream louder for China," Ilham Tohti said through his lawyer.

24 September 2014

A Japanese Man Pops the Question With the Help of a Dancing Flash Mob in Osaka

Millions have seen the video of the man's creative marriage proposal, set to the tune of Louder by Japanese pop star Charice.

Wanna Learn the Khmer Language? Check Out this Audio Dictionary

Film Shows How a Malaysian Tribe is Stopping Loggers from Destroying their Land

Singapore Bans Film Featuring Political Exiles Saying it ‘Undermines National Security’

The Singapore government considers the interview with exiled activists and aging communists as a threat to national security

23 September 2014

New Zealand Is Out to Tarnish Japan's Reputation Over Whaling, or so Says Japan's Public Broadcaster

"New Zealand's real aim: to damage Japan's international reputation," according to NHK's News Watch 9 program. Some Japanese Twitter users thought the reaction was a bit much.

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