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· March, 2020

Stories about East Asia from March, 2020

30 March 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: When humans are turned into objects

"It is all about control. We need to deprive their power... and turned them into objects."

Cambodian garment workers strike over unpaid wages amid COVID-19 outbreak

"We cannot let the employers give excuses to delay paying workers’ wages, because workers are in debt and they cannot make an excuse to delay their expenses."

26 March 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Looking for human connection in isolation

Global Voices will publish Ai and Guo's diaries from Wuhan in a series. The following words were written in the second week of the lockdown between January 29-February 4, 2020.

Outrage after Indonesian politicians among first in line to get tested for COVID-19

"A lot of people are angry with parliamentarians as even doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers - the people on the front lines - are not being tested."

25 March 2020

Coronavirus and surveillance technology: How far will governments go?

Advox

''While surveillance technologies and measures may give the public a sense of security in controlling the spread of the virus, we must remain mindful and vigilant of their continued use...

23 March 2020

Classified data shows that China's official figure of zero domestic COVID-19 cases excludes asymptomatic carriers

According to classified data seen by the South China Morning Post, asymptomatic COVID-19/coronavirus carriers who tested positive have not been included in the official count of confirmed cases in China.

Thai workers speak out about their need for unions and better conditions at the workplace

"I hope that one day domestic workers will be able to stand up without feeling shameful. Honestly, when I was a housekeeper, I was not proud of my profession."

Combating ‘fake news’ in the time of COVID-19 in Myanmar

Advox

"Thousands of social media users made a group and a network to serve as watchdogs for fake news on social media."

21 March 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: ‘…not only a city being locked down, but also our voices’

In these Wuhan diaries, the lives of ordinary people living under top-down control and surveillance, show how people are atomized and reduced into a collective.

19 March 2020

Watchdog decries threat to press freedom as China expels some US journalists

Advox

China announced it would expel American journalists working for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. The ban would extend to Hong Kong and Macau.

Malaysian journalist targeted by hate speech and racist attacks on Facebook

Advox

"Timely action by Facebook and other social media platforms is crucial in curbing online attacks, which commonly include trolling and doxing."

16 March 2020

Study suggests that China could have prevented 95% of its coronavirus cases

Coronavirus cases could have been reduced by 66 per cent if the measures were taken a week earlier, the study suggested, or by 86 per cent if action began two...

15 March 2020

The mother of detained blogger Le Anh Hung speaks out about prison abuse in Vietnam

The 88 Project interviewed Ms. Tran Thi Niem about her imprisoned son, blogger Le Anh Hung, who has been placed in and out of mental health facilities since his 2013...

Japan resurrects ‘Amabie’, an ancient supernatural creature, to fight COVID-19

"Was there a monster that was loved so quickly in such a short time?"

13 March 2020

‘Being an activist is just a side-effect of being an artist': An interview with Chinese-Australian cartoonist Badiucao

Badiucao made headlines in 2019 when he revealed his identity in a documentary released on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. Filip Noubel caught up with the artist in...

China government spokesperson suggests on Twitter that COVID-19 may have originated in the United States

Chinese Communist Party-affiliated media have framed the incident as part of the US information war against China.

Does Singapore’s ‘top-down approach’ to handling COVID-19 deserve all the praise it's been getting?

"Singapore's coronavirus strategy cannot be just a top-down approach that does not account for the feelings of people on the ground."

10 March 2020

Churches in Greece and North Macedonia refuse to modify rituals conducive to the spread of COVID-19

The ritual known as the Holy Communion or Eucharist has Orthodox Christian worshippers drinking wine by a shared spoon, while Catholics eat thin slices of bread directly from the hand of...

9 March 2020

Campaign urging Wuhan residents to show gratitude to the Communist Party leadership in fighting COVID-19 backfires

"They don’t even have the strength to properly grieve and now somebody is telling them to learn how to say thank you. This is against humanity."

8 March 2020

How Chinese social media platforms control information on COVID-19

Advox

At the initial stage of the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, censors curbed public alerts on the threat. Later, censorship was broadened to include criticism of leaders and policies.