Stories about East Asia from November, 2014
Selfies, ‘Sandwich Parties’ and ‘The Hunger Games': How Activists Have Challenged Thailand's Martial Law
Six months have passed since the army grabbed power and declared martial law in Thailand. During this time, Thai citizens have used various forms of protests against the junta.
Winners of a popular contest have taken over trains in Tokyo. The goal of the contest? The most adorably ugly cats (busukawa neko) in Japan.
Chan Chak To won Hong Kong In-Media's Best Journalism award for his first-hand account of being arrested during a rehearsal sit-in for Occupy Central earlier this year.
Feast your eyes on these photos of Myanmar's "rich architectural heritage," found in Yangon, the nation's former capital.
Given that climate change is causing increasing extreme weather, better waste management actually helps to prevent events like Super Typhoon Yolanda, which killed more than 6,000 people in the Philippines.
While attendees at last week's World Internet Conference in China enjoyed relatively open Internet access, thousands of websites were blocked throughout much of the country.
Forty-one people were injured during the magnitude 6.8 temblor, but no deaths were reported. Twitter users snapped photos of public transportation gone dark and disheveled supermarkets.
Many young activists are throwing their name into the pool of candidates for local village chiefs in an effort to combat the "rotten" culture of community politics.
While some commentators are calling Abe's move "self-serving", others think Abe is facing political oblivion anyway and that the snap elections may be the spark that reignites Japan's moribund opposition.
The shortage in the lead-up to Christmas has coined a new Internet meme in Japan: butter refugees.
American Stacey Addison is detained in a prison in East Timor, located between Indonesia and Australia. The tourist was arrested after sharing a taxi with a passenger carrying drugs.
Every nation has its own unique theme-park customs, and some build them in rather unexpected places. Meet Japan's "Sky Cycle" ride in Okayama Prefecture's Brazilian Washuzan Highland park.
Some observers fear the letter, published in a local Chinese Communist Party newspaper, is a sign that a purge of free-thinking professors is coming.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has placed bluefin tuna on its Red List of endangered species. Japan consumes about a quarter of the world's tuna catch.
A former inmate released from detention last month revealed that the activist blogger is being tortured in prison. Supporters in Vietnam and around the world are campaigning for his release.
"They cry every time they retell their stories. And not just because they lost loved ones and what little properties they had during the storm."
Alibaba made $9.3 billion on China's Single's Day, a popular online shopping day. But much of its success is due to its cooperation with the Chinese government in punishing dissidents.
Young Burmese activists displayed banners during a forum attended by United States President Barack Obama in Myanmar. The activists reminded Obama that the so-called democratic reforms implemented by the military-backed government are either fake or illusory. Obama’s Second #Burma Visit Falls Flat | Via @IrrawaddyNews http://t.co/mwY57URyGm #Myanmar pic.twitter.com/sGotp6XLnH — Sonny...
The program host was dismissed after featuring interviews with farmers and rural villagers about their thoughts on the country's political situation.
"Beautiful coral that has taken years for nature to create are being uprooted. The maritime ecosystem of the sea around the Bonin Islands is being destroyed."
"The police look just like the stormtroopers from Star Wars. It's disgusting that we're living in a police state like this."