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· January, 2019

Stories about East Asia from January, 2019

Surveillance is a key concern for foreign journalists working in China, survey shows

Mobile phone surveillance and physical spying were top concerns for foreign correspondents in China in 2018.

Larisa Pak is the last Korean standing at Tajikistan's hardscrabble border with Afghanistan

Up to 200,000 ethnic Koreans were deported to Central Asia from the Russian Far East by Soviet authorities during the 1930s.

Taiwan’s referendum results may have been swayed by an ill-informed public

Many feel that an ill-informed public swayed the results of Taiwan's recent referendums.

What's wrong with mainstream media's interpretation of Taiwan's referendum results?

Taiwan just finished its location election and ten referendums on Nov 24, but there are still some misunderstandings about the results in mainstream media.

Rare film footage with sound of Kyoto, Japan, from 1929

What makes this film notable is that it features actual sound footage of Japanese city life at that time. Usually, newsreels from that era are silent.

Protests condemn another election delay in Thailand

Thai students turned to Twitter and activists organized protests after the military-backed government announced another delay in the holding of elections.

Chinese authorities go after citizens for using VPNs, skirting online censorship

The news of two men being fined for using VPNs may serve as a wake up call to Chinese netizens.

A pig carcass floats from China to Taiwan, triggering fears of swine fever

A dead pig with deadly pig virus floated from China to Kinmen, an island belong to Taiwan but located close to China, and it triggers fear in Taiwan.

Conservation groups claim victory as Japan leaves IWC and ends Antarctic whaling

Pressure by conservationists made it too expensive for Japan to continue the Antarctic hunt.

China's push for ‘one country, two systems’ in Taiwan meets vigorous opposition

"As a Hongkonger, I urge Taiwanese people to never believe in CCP’s 'one country, two systems.' Once they take control, they can do whatever they want."

How preserving folktales and legends help raise environment awareness in the Mekong

"By means of stories, the communities search for ways to accommodate and/or resist changes that are taking place in the Mekong river basin."

China persecutes independent leftists in the name of Marxism

While many Marxists believe in workers' struggle as the driving force for social and political transformation, Chinese ideologues consider young leftist students’ who stand by workers' rights simply troublemakers.

New Year's Eve 2018 marked the end of an era in Japan

For Japan, 2018 was the year of Heisei saigo (平成最後), "the last time we'll do this in the Heisei era" — especially year-end New Year's events.

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