Stories about East Asia from July, 2015
The Thai Film Archive has been uploading historic films and vintage news reports on YouTube. One of the films is Chok Song Chun (Double Luck), which is Thailand's first feature silent film produced in 1927. Only 55 seconds of the film have remained featuring a fight scene and car chase....
Court Fines the Taiwan Immigration Authority for the Denied Entry of a Foreign Visitor Ahead Anti-nuclear Protest
Two years ago in March 2013, Daniel Andres Helmdach was detained and deported from Taiwan because the immigration suspected that he visited the country to join the anti-nuclear protest. The German youth had done nothing illegal in Taiwan before, he merely worked as a volunteer on conversation projects back in...
"They just pick quarrels and fights all day long. Today vow to execute this and tomorrow execute someone else. Such patriotism is not loving one's country but hating one's country."
Political cartoons about erroneous voters' lists, pre-election campaigning, military rule, and the president's desire to serve a second term have been widely shared on Facebook.
The City of Lights can be both appealing and anxiety-inducing. Here are how some visitors, notably the Japanese, have experienced the city and the feedback from Parisians.
Lin Zuoming, chairman of a state-owned aerospace and defense company called China Aviation Industry Corp., echoed the theory of foreign manipulation "aimed at breaking people’s faith in government."
Thirty high-school students and three reporters were arrested for entering the Ministry of Education to protest against new textbook guidelines that tell Taiwan's history from a greater Chinese perspective.
"Thanks to these illustrations, I'm unable to concentrate while studying, haha."
"Our report is based on evidence corroborated by documents that include bank transfers and statements. How can the work we have done be deemed as a political conspiracy?"
There are thousands of YouTube videos that can let you explore almost every part of Japan by train from your own computer.
"It is a breakthrough that the two main political parties endorsed women candidates."
The plight of elderly cardboard-collectors has become a popular topic in Singapore over the past two weeks, following a government minister's not-so-amusing gaff.
For the islands, everything changed on March 11, 2011, when a devastating tsunami swept away everything from houses to oyster beds.
Given the bad blood between China and Japan over Japanese war crimes during World War II as well as geo-political tensions in Asia, many Chinese didn't take the news well.
"It is vital to ensure that the first ever minimum wage level doesn't lock workers from one sector into poverty."
Although Indonesians' public celebrations of Eid al-Fitr in the past were met with hostility, Taiwanese have learned to respect this Muslim holiday and help their Indonesian friends celebrate it.
Chinese state-run newspaper People's Daily accused Telegram of aiding human-rights lawyers and advocates, who allegedly used the app and its "Secret Chat" mode to engage in “anti-government" activity.
“The real purpose of this law is to exercise control over groups of citizens who want to speak out.”
"Punish by way of trampling all over the law is fundamentally destroying the legitimacy of the government...You get temporary peace, but sooner or later the volcano will erupt. "
"In front of the national Diet. On what path is this country now headed, I wonder? July 15, 2015: a day of dread."
Popular Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has died, leaving gaming fans around the world to mourn his loss.