Stories about East Asia from November, 2016
Innovation sparks success as nations collaborate to identify and take action against fishing vessels suspected of illegal fishing.
"Even if the company needs to expand into social media, it should use a better means rather than being so shameless."
"Laziness is the driving force of scientific progress. Washing machines were invented because people were too lazy to wash their clothes."
“We returned from a refugee camp. We didn’t come back bringing heaps of money. How are we supposed to pay 3 million kyats [US$2,200]?”
"When you work over 100 hours of overtime, you won't have time to be with your family, friends or lover...you start to think...'I don't know why I'm living this life.'"
"I don’t personally know if the superstition can bring misfortune but I still avoid it because I consider it as bad manners."
"We need a culture of equality, not disrespect. As an athlete, I want everyone to know that strength does not mean dominance and aggression."
"...whenever I post a message on Facebook or maybe like email my friends asking them if they want anything from California...the number one answer is Sriracha sauce."
YouTube vlog Kagoneko captures a quintessential Japanese winter scene of warmth and comfort—cats snuggling under 'kotatsus.'
A students was forced to make a public apology after accusing his school cafeteria of selling moldy buns. He has now left Weibo, after receiving a flood of harassing comments.
"Is this the type of country that we Malaysians want to live in, where corruption runs amok, elections are rigged and innocents are placed behind bars?"
This week we start in the US, where Omar Mohamad narrates his piece "America I used to love you", and then we take you to Cuba, Syria, and Taiwan.
"Matsubara Teruko, who predicted the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, is the perfect example of the saying 'even a stopped clock is right twice a day.' Trust her predictions accordingly."
"We are so used to the leaking of personal data. We don’t care about government surveillance anymore. We are nobody."
Japanese PM Abe was the first world leader to meet the US President-elect. While the meeting reportedly went well, not everyone in Japan is thrilled.
Her adoptive parents never filed paperwork to make her a US citizen, so Kim Craig fell through the cracks. And now she finds herself stuck in Korea after a visit.
This post was written by Catherine Lai and originally published on Hong Kong Free Press on November 12, 2016. The version below is published on Global Voices under a partnership agreement. Despite the continued detention of his reporters and having been imprisoned twice, the founder of the citizen news site...
Lyle Hiroshi Saxon's massive Web presence provides a fascinating glimpse into life in Japan during the 1990s.
"He is no criminal...He was just taking up his role as a man to safeguard his family. But the excavators have been ruining Chinese people’s homes…"
RuNet Echo explores popular stereotypes about foreigners gleaned from autocomplete suggestions generated by the website Yandex, Russia’s most popular Internet search engine.
Xu, who has 33 years of experience working in media, is now openly expressing concern that Internet corporates may soon be more powerful than the state and the party.