Stories about East Asia from December, 2016
"Has halal political correctness gone overboard? Will we one day see moral police invading houses to ensure that we are eating only halal food? When will common sense prevail?"
"A beautiful glow in the nighttime sky." "It was really impressive."
Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.
What's worse? Environmental smog or political smog?
When Prime Minister Abe Shinzo didn't really mention the war when he visited Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary of Japan's surprise attack against the United States.
To the tune of Twelve Days of Christmas: "Causeway Bay’s boss bought a banned book. He was then arrested, convicted, forced to apologize and escorted to the Shenzhen police station."
"The worshipping of the Mother Goddesses also contributes to the appreciation of women and their roles in society.”
As 2016 comes to an end, The Irrawaddy showcases the best photographs that capture Myanmar’s most iconic moments.
"Who dares to invest when investment costs are so high and profit isn't guaranteed?"
Japanese mascots often have a hard time boarding trains. It's because of their butts.
"The law's most serious shortcoming is in its giving too much power for authorities to make their own judgement whether certain actions may be deemed in violation of the law."
"Prisons in Thailand still fail to recognize the basic rights of female prisoners, depriving women of essential health services and goods from sanitary pads to bras."
"The problem of the smog has been solved!...We have deleted all posts about the smog, banned people from wearing masks and arrested those who wrote about the smog!”
Masaki C. Matsumoto writes in both Japanese and English about LGBTQ+ issues in Japan. He was recently interviewed by Anime Feminist about the portrayal of LGBTQ in manga and anime.
"What Trump is doing now might be a maneuver...He tries to make China nervous by befriending Taiwan, and then he can get a better deal with China."
The kanji for "gold" was selected by the Japanese Kanji Proficiency Society based on the results of a nationwide poll. And now people are having fun with it.
"What the authorities didn’t realize was the messages the dolls bear were right in front of their faces–they just couldn’t comprehend them."
Donald Trump, the next president of the United States, shocked the people of Taiwan on Dec. 2, when he tweeted about a congratulatory phone call he'd received from Taiwan's president.
Why stop sexual harassment? Young amateur filmmakers from Cambodia explored this question to encourage the public -- especially men -- to understand the impact of sexual harassment.
"[Leung] follows the recent stability control principle of mainland China, magnifying small conflicts into national security threats and tearing society apart."