Stories about East Asia from January, 2017
"It is not appropriate that a citizen who criticises someone more powerful should face legal action of this kind."
The Chinese Lunar New Year is China's most important season for family reunions, but younger people are increasingly fleeing their relatives and the country altogether.
"When did we get so many forests in Bangkok?", asked a Twitter user.
"I think it’s just a very shady business practice to try to gather as much data as you can without asking for permission."
The Chinese government has been blocking some VPN services in China since 2015, but the current policy has officially made unregistered VPN and web-hosting services illegal.
'Stop killing peasants who feed the nation,' reads one banner during the January 20 march organized by peasant groups and activists in the Philippines.
In some cases, children as young as five years of age share in their family’s labor when they really should be playing or studying at school.
A long-term Afghan resident of Japan was accused of being a terrorist by an American military unit stationed in Okinawa Prefecture. It has since been debunked as "fake news".
"The speech should be the best migration service advertisement of the year."
"So many dinosaurs are at government house...a few are even seen outside."
"[We're] familiarizing them with soldiers and weaponry. By familiarizing them, they learn to love soldiers and even become soldiers."
"Why you have to be liddat? Give us our Terrex back!"
To show his support, a young Jakartan has created a miniature figure of Jakarta's controversial, famous governor.
Nickelodeon Won’t Get Its Underwater Theme Park in the Philippines, If Environmentalists Have Their Say
"For a channel that targets children, Nickelodeon is setting a terrible example to the younger generation by taking away their right to enjoy our natural resources," says one critic.
After a cultural project proceeds without public consultation and the government spends even more money on a television series to promote it, Hong Kongers stage acts of protest through selfies.
"I don't think I will live as long as 80. Look at the train and see what happens to our lungs. My grandpa, aunt and uncle all have lung cancer."
"We have to enjoy it rather than sitting down [and being] sad," says Michelle Saluta, a domestic worker, about her day off each week.
“I thought it was time for me to be brave and run for village leader,” Hamisah says.
Vovinam, a response to French occupation of Vietnam, is an explosive hybrid of older practices found across the southeast Asian country.
Local observers argue that real policies to protect migrant workers' rights are still absent in the wealthy Asian city state, however.
The survey also found that despite young people’s frequent online activity, most of them seldom participated in offline political events.