Stories about East Asia from August, 2016
Whether they like it or not, Hangzhou residents must comply with government efforts to present theirs as the best and safest city in the world.
There are more than 30 different species of cicada in Japan. Each one has its own distinctive call. How many can you recognize?
Japan invites the world to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo by emphasizing "otaku culture."
"Their main method looks set to be trolling and rattling Beijing: identifying what makes the regime most paranoid, and piling it on."
The ancient temples of Bagan are as important as the Angkor Wat of Cambodia and Borobudur of Indonesia.
Residents and investigative journalists have been using mobile phones and even drones to expose how mining is destroying the country’s watersheds and rivers.
"She is an independent Chinese who has been exposed to the international field of sport, she is not a cog in the machine of a national bureaucratic sports system."
Tiempo Muerto, or “The Dead Season,” can be so brutal on farmers that more than a quarter of a million people—a whopping 385,000 sugar workers—are affected on Negros Island alone.
By all accounts, Thailand’s new constitution boosts the dominance of the military, threatening to institutionalize even further a culture of censorship and state control over the media.
"While the toad's era was not free, it looked better than [Xi's] era...Chinese people worshiping the toad is similar to prisoners in confinement, missing their brief outdoor recess."
Instagram photos of Japanese people beating the heat by dancing under the stars and the lights of lanterns in mid-summer.
If it's August, it means you have to watch out for giant hornets in Japan. Beware!
"The people who will be most affected by the project do not approve of the project."
"This kind of exhibition is expected to be able to grow and keep the love and pride of nationalism in the minds of Indonesian people, especially the youth."
"There is a wreath here from the Japanese Consulate in Shenyang, and the Japanese government has officially acknowledged [the Pingdingshan massacre] took place."
In this baseball-mad country, Koshien is literally the place where dreams come true.
Aside From the Singaporean Swimmer Who Beat Michael Phelps, Meet the Other Southeast Asian Olympic Gold Medalists
Singapore and Vietnam have bagged their first ever Olympic golds in Rio, Thailand has topped the podium twice and the Philippines has ended a two-decade medal drought.
In International Spotlight, China Convicts Human Right Lawyers and Activists on ‘Subversion’ Charges
The convicted men and women are all connected with the Beijing-based Fengrui law firm, which has a history of taking on politically controversial rights cases.
Before President Xi came into power, the Communist Youth League served as a launching pad for China’s political elite.
At her first day on the job, she was snubbed by Tokyo's assembly members.