Stories about East Asia from March, 2017
Southeast Asia is a region where U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War led to the expansion of the CIA’s paramilitary operations in Laos and Cambodia.
"Look at those houses, they are idle. The grasses have grown tall, the houses are being invaded by soil. Why don't they let the homeless live there?"
"I am one of the Occupy protesters and I was incited by the police’s decision to fire 87 rounds of tear gas [at demonstrators]."
"Even though Voice TV may provide different views, we insist that the contents do not harm national security."
More often than not, information smugglers prioritize things like click rates over hard-hitting public interest journalism.
She promised to "heal the divide" in her victory speech, but her win was met with protests by pro-democracy activists.
"With dwindling interests in traditional art, the public commute presents a unique, safe and condensed setting to practice what I love."
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"As a photojournalist, always be with the poor, understand their social reality."
An interesting blog devoted to documenting the concrete housing projects that have been home to several generations of Japanese since the end of the war.
When China's Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong opened an official Facebook page, it was quickly flooded with angry comments.
There Are ‘No Borders to Music,’ But the U.S. Consulate Still Rejected These Indonesian Choir Members’ Visas
"Regardless of the “borders” instilled by politics, there are no borders to music, no borders to unity through artistry, no borders from humanity that thrives from singing of the heart."
Hong Kong's increase in fake news prompted media activists to create the Facebook page Kau Yim to verify important information and identify fake news.
Critics are worried the new 'hero law' could have a chilling effect on academic and historical inquiry in China.
How is a small city in western Japan attracting thousands of tourists? Trainspotting.
Pyay Kyaw visits patients at the St. Joseph Cotto Legnos Leprosy Colony, home to people like Maya, who once was forced to live in her town’s cemetery due to stigma.
"This damaged area could take hundreds of years to re-grow. Noble Caledonia need to take responsibility for this and help rebuild this reef!"
"Syria is witnessing a revolutionary call for freedom and dignity for its entire people." Will Japan help?
Religious groups and state censors in Singapore and Malaysia are unhappy about the live-action remake of Disney's “Beauty and the Beast,” because of a “gay moment” in the film.
"Saudi learns pluralism from Indonesia. We learn Wahhabism from Saudi. We're even," wrote a Twitter user during the visit.
"People prefer to buy property only if housing surges overtake holding costs. It’s too silly and naïve to count on a property tax to contain rising prices!"