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· April, 2015

Stories about East Asia from April, 2015

28 April 2015

Authorities Said a Protester Assaulted Hong Kong Police. Witness Video Showed Otherwise

The couple went out of their way to help 17-year-old Ho Pak-Hei, who was acquitted. Ordinary heroes like them are stepping up with proof that pro-democracy protesters were falsely accused.

27 April 2015

Southeast Asian Activists Unite in ‘People’s Walk’ Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Summit

More than 1,000 activists and leaders from various civil society organizations across Southeast Asia declared their position on human rights and growing economic inequality.

26 April 2015

Social Media Becomes a Lifeline in the Nepal Earthquake Aftermath

A spontaneous global social network is now building data collection to provide key support to people back in Nepal and are calling for action.

24 April 2015

Japanese University Turns a Blind Eye to the Plight of Campus Cats

Professor Charles Januzzi has worked for nearly 25 years to care and control the population of a stray cat colony on campus, but University of Fukui now says no more.

Hong Kong Politician Wants More Headlines About Filipina Maids Seducing Their Bosses

The Philippine Consulate General responded, saying "discrimination should have no place in any society, most especially Hong Kong." Migrant domestic workers protested outside Regina Ip's office.

23 April 2015

In Taiwan and on Facebook, the Nipple is Not Yet Free

Global Voices Advocacy

"Before we label it as "indecent" and "obscene", a body is just a body, a part of the human self." Taiwanese women speak up for the #FreeTheNipple campaign.

Japanese Women Push Back Against Leaning In

The Japanese government wants more women in the workforce, but some women, stretched thin between childcare, running a household and caring for aging parents, feel the support system isn't there.

Kenyan Lives Matter, African Students Say at Garissa Vigil in Beijing

A group of African students in Beijing organized a vigil to honor the 147 victims of the Garissa attack. China has little tolerance for shows of public sentiment, even grief.

21 April 2015

Singaporean Teenager Arrested for Making Videos Deemed ‘Offensive’

Global Voices Advocacy

"Apart from the problems of using handcuffs on minors, is this really a proportional response to a YouTube video?"

Vietnamese Netizens Are Getting Bolder Online, Despite Tough Laws

Global Voices Advocacy

"Thanks to social media it has become possible and even trendsetting to publicly question the Communist Party’s legitimacy."

20 April 2015

In Hong Kong, a Beer With a Side Order of Learning

The event is part of a worldwide initiative called "Raising the Bar", which aims at making education a part of popular urban culture. Hong Kong is Asia's first host city.

19 April 2015

Head to the US-Mexico Border and Find a Chinese Food Scene Like None Other

Avocado in fried rice and Mexican-style beef with asparagus are just some of the dishes you’ll find. And their backstory dates back more than 130 years.

18 April 2015

Malaysian Cartoonist Vows to Continue Fighting Government Abuses Despite Sedition Charges

Global Voices Advocacy

"I will not keep quiet. How can I be neutral, even my pen has a stand!"

US Ambassador Kennedy Visits Hiroshima Acknowledging Legacy of Atomic Destruction

US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy visited Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Museum and laid a wreath at the cenotaph for A-bomb victims - unprecedented for a US ambassador.

17 April 2015

Finding Christianity in Japan, Where Believers Are a Small Minority

"The doctrine teaches me to how to live life as a human and it all sounds very decent to me. I am inclined to listen to it."

China Jails Prominent Journalist Gao Yu for Leaking ‘State Secrets’

She was sentenced to seven years in prison. Observers believe the "state secrets" refer to a Chinese Communist Party directive that lists "seven speak-nots" for university professors, including press freedom.

16 April 2015

Japan's ‘Vagina Artist’ Denies Obscenity Charges

Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi, nicknamed "The Vagina Artist" by the Western media, says there's nothing obscene about artwork based on her genitalia.

New Internet Rules in China Target Usernames, Avatars as Subversive Tools

Global Voices Advocacy

More than 67,000 user accounts have been deleted due to a new rule that prohibits screen names and profile pictures that threaten national security, destroy ethnic unity, or defame others.

A Filipina Woman Shares How She Ended Up on Indonesia's Death Row for Drug Trafficking

"We believe that Mary Jane was a victim of large drug syndicates who take advantage of the unawareness, vulnerability and desperation of our people."

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