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· April, 2017

Stories about East Asia from April, 2017

30 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."

29 April 2017

“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.

28 April 2017

High-Profile Chinese Blogger Arrested for Online Comments, After Years of Police Harassment

Global Voices Advocacy

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.

27 April 2017

Taiwan Tops Asia While Hong Kong Falls Four Places in Freedom of Press Index

Global Voices Advocacy

"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.

26 April 2017

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.

23 April 2017

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.

21 April 2017

Japanese Metal Legends LOUDNESS Turned Away at US Border

"After spending 27 hours in the air I'm back in Osaka. Just devastated."

20 April 2017

Surveillance, Privacy and the Right to Know: A Delicate Imbalance in Hong Kong

Global Voices Advocacy

Hong Kong has strong legal protections against telephone surveillance, but scant protections for Internet-based communication.

19 April 2017

Thailand Tells Internet Users to Unfollow Junta Critics on Social Media — Or Face Consequences

Global Voices Advocacy

"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.

17 April 2017

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

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

16 April 2017

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.”

14 April 2017

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.

12 April 2017

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.

11 April 2017

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."

10 April 2017

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.

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