Stories about East Asia from February, 2017
In this episode, we take you to India, Japan, Australia, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago to introduce you to the Face of Resistance in a globalized world.
Spectacular images of an annual fiery festival in Obama, Japan, that marks the start of spring.
New Immigration Policies Convince More Japanese Americans to Engage in the Radical Act of Remembering
Americans were discriminated against and incarcerated during World War II because of their ancestry. This created a generation of their descendants who don’t want to see it happen again.
"We must honor and respect the feelings of those who suffered terribly and lost family members during the Japanese Occupation," said the country's minister for communications and information.
A crowd of more than 30,000 people gathered in Hong Kong this week to protest a prison sentence handed down to seven police officers convicted of assaulting a protester.
“Does the election committee have any real power? What’s the point of having an election committee then?”
Known as "dekotora," hobbyists trick out their trucks with flashing neon lights, airbrushed murals and lots and lots of chrome.
Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-dominated nation, doesn't have a formal diplomatic relationship with Israel. That's bad news for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's flight crew.
Hong Kong Police and Pro-Beijing Groups Protest After Court Convicts Officers of Assaulting Activist
"Police misconduct is not frightening as these are single cases. What's frightening is police wrongdoing can be justified by politics."
Almost 2,000 fled their villages after recent skirmishes between the Kachin Independence Army and the Myanmar army
Thousands Joined ‘Walk for Life’ to Protest Extrajudicial Killings and Revival of Death Penalty in the Philippines
"If the response to violence is also violence, we double the violence. We should match it with non-violence."
Old school pundits are still trying to drum up support for Beijing's troublesome ally, but social media users aren't buying it.
"You speculate that the government may sue the publisher, and so decide to censor the work. The whole incident goes against my principles."
"Since our audience is really the three billion internet-connected individuals around the world, we need to think big about how to reach these viewers..."
A news release from Japanese power utility TEPCO generated a number of headlines across Western media that were sorely missing context.
"The slogan of rebuilding trust, unity and hope is just an empty promise. It is just a local version of the Chinese Communist Party’s 'harmonious society.'"
At least two million people visit the festival each year, making for some great photo uploads on social media.
"Government presence on a press panel and licensing of journalists are never part of a free press."
"2020 is approaching, it is difficult to imagine that only girls can like the color pink. Such stereotypes are so outdated."
"It is about choosing puppets, because no matter who takes office, they will obey Beijing."
"It seems more useful to crack down on underground banks and illegal channels than to just control ordinary people’s money."