Stories about East Asia from April, 2016
Cambodia Cancels Screening of Film About Murdered Environmentalist Chut Wutty
"This ban provides yet another example of Cambodia's pervasive culture of impunity, and the lengths that the government will go to preserve it."
Five Years Ago, a Tsunami Devastated Japan. Now a Filmmaker Looks Back.
The Canadian filmmaker Estelle Hebert has produced a one-hour documentary about one village's struggle to revive after a massive tsunami devastated much of Japan on March 11, 2011.
Chinese Big Brother Is Watching You, Even in Australia
"We are concerned that Mr Wu is becoming a victim of the Chinese government’s increasingly intrusive attempts to curb voices of dissent among overseas Chinese."
Your Skin Is Gonna Hate Japan's Yellow Sand
Every year Japan marks the start of spring with the arrival of 'Yellow Sand' from the Asian mainland. The sand hampers visibility and can cause illness and skin problems.
Here's a Map That Shows You What the Japanese Really Think of Europe
According to Japanese stereotypes, which country in Europe has the most luxurious prisons? And which country in Europe is full of stupid people? And why can't Latvians eat potatoes?
European Union Slams China Over Missing Hong Kong Booksellers
"The case involves a serious violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms and raises grave concerns about the rule of law under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle..."
After Weeks of Scorching Heat, Myanmar Is Hit by the Worst Hailstorm in 50 Years
Strong winds struck Mandalay, Sagaing, and the states of Shan and Chin, while hailstones as big as golf balls rained down on these regions.
Japan Gets Ready to Plant Rice During ‘Golden Week’
"Flooding the fields before planting really makes this a representative scene of Japan. The call of the Japanese nightingale echoes throughout the valley. I am entranced by the scene."
Visit a Virtual Exhibit of Jewels Confiscated from the Former Philippines Dictator's Family
The confiscated jewelry items in this collection are "tangible reminders of the insidious evil of plunder and dictatorship during the Martial Law."
Malaysia Will Likely Force ‘Political Blogs’ and News Websites to Register With the Government
Human rights groups and media freedom advocates denounced the proposal as a curtailment of free speech, adding that the move reverses Malaysia's earlier stated commitment to promoting Internet freedom.
Japan Battles to Care for 100,000 Kumamoto Residents Displaced By Quake
Hundreds of thousands of people continue to live in the open in Japan following powerful earthquakes, torrential rains, flooding and landslides.
The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Priorities, Anyone?
This week we take you to China, Mexico, Jamaica, Macedonia and Uganda, where we speak to Prudence Nyamishana who tells us why Ugandans are peeved at their government's priorities.
Netizen Report: That Time When the Internet in Ecuador Died
Ecuador weathers a sudden mass Internet outage, insulting Tanzania's president proves costly, Twitter gets settled unsettlingly in China, and more.
New App Helps Citizens Find Out What Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Know About Them
Access My Info generates a letter for users to send to relevant privacy officers of internet service providers and mobile phone companies to request data about themselves.
Traditional Typists Persevere in 21st Century Myanmar
"Typewriters challenge us to be more efficient, to see our errors on paper, so we are more careful not to make mistakes."
Maybe You Shouldn't Be Laughing at the Viral Video of a Chinese Toddler Defending His Grandma
"If your family is humiliated and bullied, wouldn't you stand up to help them? I don't understanding what you are laughing at."
Australian Leaders Keep Unspoken Vow of Silence on China's Human Rights Record
"Leaders don't seem to have an issue with criticising countries like Iran, so why dance around China ????"
Dissidents Worry #TwitterisDead After Company Hires Former Chinese Military Officer
"This is a severe threat to the Chinese struggling for free speech."
Large Earthquakes Continue to Shatter Japan's Western Island of Kyushu
Even more powerful earthquakes have hit a wide area of Kyushu causing widespread damage, and stoking fears of a volcanic eruption.
A Vietnamese-American Man Captures the US Immigrant Experience in Poetry
Twenty-eight-year-old Ocean Vuong speaks of his experience coming from Vietnam to the US in his debut poetry collection "Night Sky with Exit Wounds."
A Time-Lapse Video Captures a Sea of Clouds Rolling Through Hong Kong
"The small city is surrounded with skyscrapers that look like cement forest...But if you take the time to discover the city, the beautiful natural landscape is so near."