Stories about East Asia from April, 2017
Five Foods From Vietnam That Might Be a Little Hard to Swallow for Non-Vietnamese
Have you tried any of these? Fertilized duck egg, Vietnamese pizza with duck's blood, coconut larvae, country rat, and fried cicadas.
The ‘Royal Duck’ Scarf Trends in Brunei, But Some Are Disappointed With Its Hefty Price Tag
"The amount of selfies I have seen of people just to show their dUCK scarves is part of what Islam does not encourage: vanity."
“I'm Glad I'm From Tohoku” Trends on Twitter Following Japanese Politician's Cruel Words
A Japanese cabinet minister's insensitive remarks spurred a popular Twitter hashtag supporting Japan's northeastern Tohoku region, as well as the minister's resignation.
High-Profile Chinese Blogger Arrested for Online Comments, After Years of Police Harassment
Under China's "stability control" measures, it is increasingly common for netizens who are critical of the government to be summoned or detained by police.
Taiwan Tops Asia While Hong Kong Falls Four Places in Freedom of Press Index
"A majority [of media workers in Hong Kong] have expressed an increasing pressure which results in deliberate self-censorship."
It’s a Small World After All: Into the Deep Podcast
Spend time with someone from a different country or who speaks a different language, and you'll soon realize you have more in common than you first thought.
Some Hong Kongers Insist on Blaming the Woman, Not the Man, in Viral Fist Fight Over Going Dutch
Hours after the story broke, the restaurant owner clarified that the fight began because the woman wanted to split the bill, but the man did not.
Instagram snaps of Japanese foods you may not have heard of
Raw chicken, fish sperm, raw liver, "cherry blossom meat" and other Japanese foods you may not know about.
How the Symbols of Indonesia’s Hardline Muslim Groups Reached the Pages of Marvel Comics
"This artwork will be removed from subsequent printings, digital versions, and trade paperbacks and disciplinary action is being taken," according to a statement released by Marvel Comics.
Japanese Metal Legends LOUDNESS Turned Away at US Border
"After spending 27 hours in the air I'm back in Osaka. Just devastated."
Surveillance, Privacy and the Right to Know: A Delicate Imbalance in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has strong legal protections against telephone surveillance, but scant protections for Internet-based communication.
Thailand Tells Internet Users to Unfollow Junta Critics on Social Media — Or Face Consequences
"This is a ridiculous and oppressive order but I don't want any innocent people being targeted just because they follow my journalism," wrote former Reuters journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall.
Who Removed Thailand’s 1932 Revolution Plaque?
"Removal of the 1932 plaque is an ironic reminder that Thais may have ended absolute monarchy in 1932 but absolute dictatorship exists today," wrote a Twitter user.
So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language
Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.
Chinese President's Ambitious Xiongan Dream Sparks Skepticism
"In Hebei, where people believe in the planned economy, how can they attract and embrace alternative [people] who go against the establishment?"
Kids Envision Hong Kong's Future: Underwater Housing, Pollution, Space Journey and Integrity
The theme of the poster competition was “When I’m 20.”
Amidst Political Scandal and a Hate Crime Probe, Japan’s Old Rescript on Education Is Back
When a Japanese private school was caught making racist and nationalistic remarks, the ensuing scandal started a national conversation about the relevance of a pre-war imperial edict on education.
China's Latest Step to Root Out Foreign Spies? Cash Rewards for Informants.
But some Chinese are concerned, given that certain "patriotic" circles equate critical speech about China as an act of espionage.
Vietnamese Continue to Demand Justice a Year After Toxic Waste Spill That Caused Massive Fish Kill
"Formosa must accept full responsibility and make efforts in returning the clean environment to our country, our people and central Vietnam before leaving Vietnam."
Colorized Photos Show Epic Battle Between American and Japanese Forces in Okinawa During World War II
On the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, a Japanese researcher has made Twitter posts featuring archival photos of the battle that have been colorized using a software tool.
How a Teenager's Mysterious Death in China Is Eroding Public Trust in Authorities
"To prove netizens' version of the story wrong is not difficult. Authorities just need to release more information and the rumors would fall apart"