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· August, 2019

Stories about East Asia from August, 2019

16 August 2019

Vitriolic response to art exhibit tests the limits of freedom of speech in Japan

A controversial art exhibition at an arts festival in Japan has led to government criticism, threats, at least one arrest, protests by artists and questions about freedom of expression.

Refugees in West Java, Indonesia have no access to education so they established their own school

Refugees can spend many years in Indonesia without possibility of permanent settlement.

15 August 2019

On activism and the self

The Bridge

"Behind the instagrammable image of the fierce-looking individual with a clenched fist is a person who is constantly rationalizing and reaffirming their fidelity to radical politics."

14 August 2019

Beijing says Hong Kong anti-extradition protests show signs of ‘terrorism’

"The bloody crackdown is extending and you cannot see the border or a definitive sign in Hong Kong’s version of June 4..."

11 August 2019

Cambodia reduces number of public holidays to attract jobs, but activists are concerned it could undermine democracy

"Omitting the Paris Peace Agreement and Human Rights days from the public-holiday list reflects that the government is unwilling to promote democracy any longer."

10 August 2019

How the frontline anti-extradition protesters’ toolkit has evolved over Hong Kong’s long summer

Hong Kong pro-establishment politicians believe that the anti-extradition protests is under foreign influence as protesters hit the streets in “full gear,” donning black clothes, goggles, gas masks, helmets, and etc.

9 August 2019

Netizen Report: Journalists are under fire from Cambodia to Cuba — and beyond

Advox

Across the globe, journalists are facin charges of everything from espionage to tax evasion.

Beijing’s loyalists from Fujian province vow to beat up anti-extradition protesters in Hong Kong

Both local media outlets and police authorities have been notified of the Fujianese plan to pick fights with protesters. But only Beijing can stop such violence.

Tokyo Interlopers provides a glimpse of life in Japan from a foreign perspective

The full archive of Tokyo Interlopers profiles provides a fascinating glimpse of life in the Japanese metropolis from a foreign perspective.

Remembering the '88 uprising’ for democracy in Myanmar

"Government newspapers said over 300 died in the crackdown but independent sources estimated that the actual figure was ten times that."

7 August 2019

China’s hunger for minerals stirs resistance in rural Thailand

Chinese efforts to obtain a cheap source of a crop-boosting mineral are raising fears of an environmental crisis among farming communities in Thailand.

6 August 2019

A Hong Kong artist’s ‘surreal’ depiction of the anti-extradition protests

In addition to the Lennon Wall, the artist's work has likened the protesters to superheroes, compared protest power to Dragon Ball Z, and depicted the protesters fighting against Gozilla.

5 August 2019

Hong Kong anti-extradition protests accelerate into a movement against Beijing-backed police authorities

More evidence is starting to emerge that the Hong Kong police force worked in cooperation with the Triad, an organized crime unit, during the Yuen Long mob attack on July...

2 August 2019

‘I am a Hongkonger’: Artist Ai Weiwei on why he supports the city’s protest movement

'Freedom of expression is the most important weapon to combat authoritarianism. Authoritarians simply have no imagination, and without that, they have no future.'

1 August 2019

Election focuses spotlight on disability issues in Japan

Kimura Eiko and Funago Yasuhiko, who both rely on motorized wheelchairs and caregiver support in order to carry out daily tasks, were elected to the upper house of Japan's parliament.

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