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· May, 2018

Stories about East Asia from May, 2018

What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

During the week of May 21-27, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 206 countries. Number 19 on the list? Lebanon. And number 198? Faroe Islands.

Malaysia’s new government urged to implement media reforms

"These are the principles that have now evolved after much pain and argument in most modern democracies and Malaysia would do well to join them."

What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

During the week of May 14-20, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 211 countries. Number 109 on the list? Gabon. And number 13? Germany.

Making Japan's hot springs more friendly for LGBT folks

"This is the first time I've entered a communal bath in 13 years. It made me so happy!”

Was Bangkok Post editor Umesh Pandey fired for mismanagement or political pressure?

"I rather lose my position than to bow my head."

Yangon police and a group of ‘nationalists’ violently dispersed a peace march in Myanmar

"Who were those self-proclaimed “citizens” and why did the police officers present turn a blind eye when they attacked?"

Japanese high school girls wear badges warning would-be train gropers: ‘I'm not going to take it!

"We want the idea that 'you must have been doing something to attract a chikan' to stop!"

What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

During the week of May 7-13, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 207 countries. Number 61 on the list? Kazakhstan. And number 19? Indonesia.

A Beijing-Vatican deal could bolster China's persecution of religion, warns Hong Kong cardinal

"Any agreement on the side of the Vatican may be seen as collaboration with the government to persecute our own people; that’s terrible," says Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Family-run movie theater in northeast Thailand survives decades of changes

"We have always been adapting to people’s changing tastes. That’s why we redesigned the theater three times. Our business is family-run and our employees are mostly relatives."

Indonesia on maximum security alert following a string of explosions in East Java

"We came into the world like brother and sister, and now let's go hand in hand, not one before another."

A new era for Malaysia after voters end six-decade reign of ruling party

"Barisan Nasional is no longer our ruler. A few hours from now, the sun will begin to rise over the horizon. How poignant.. we'll see a new Malaysia greeting us."

UPDATED: Armed detainees engage in hostile takeover of Indonesian high security prison

A prison riot involving forty convicted terrorists is currently unfolding in Depok, a West Javan city adjacent to the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

Cambodia's last independent news site sold to PR firm that worked for the ruling party

"Our editor-in-chief was fired because he stood up for independent journalism and refused to take down an article shedding light on our new publisher."

Tweeting out Japan's idiosyncratic folk customs

Fish heads, jumping frogs and conjugal foxes: one Twitter account takes a look at arcane folk traditions from every corner of Japan.

Homeless, jobless, and penniless, residents resist closure of the Philippines’ Boracay island

"As an advocate for the environment I want it rehabilitated too, but I bleed more for the people who are affected by the closure."

‘Peppa Pig’ has gotten too naughty for China's censors

A subculture connecting the cartoon character “Peppa Pig” with “Shehuiren”, a term that refers to organized crime syndicates, has resulted in a muddy puddle for the popular porker.

What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

During the week of April 29-29, 2018, the most popular story on our Italian language site was about Azerbaijan. And on our Malagasy language site? A story about China.

About our East Asia coverage

Oiwan Lam is the North East Asia editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

Mong Palatino is the South East Asia editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

Nevin Thompson is the Japan editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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