Close

Support Global Voices

To stay independent, free, and sustainable, our community needs the help of friends and readers like you.

Donate now »

· April, 2021

Stories about East Asia from April, 2021

Tweeting to remember: Twitter account commemorates Japan's 1945 Battle of Okinawa

"On This Date During the Battle of Okinawa, 76 Years Ago" shares daily links to blog posts that describe the battle, typically from the point of view of citizens of...

Organiser of Hong Kong’s mass pro-democracy demonstrations faces police probe

Many see the police's allegations as a sign of a further crackdown on civic groups.

Merkel, Macron or Biden? No, Latin America is relying on China for vaccines

"Only China helped Latin America and the countries in the region all began dancing to China's tune, not due to shared ideologies but due to the desire to resolve an...

Singapore bloggers crowdfund defamation damages due to PM Lee Hsien Loong

"The contribution to the crowdfunding movement is an example of targeted resistance against the government's financially based persecution method against individuals."

Chinese state media instrumental in smear campaign against wife of former US diplomat, research firm DoubleThink Lab says

According to the Taiwanese firm's research report, Chinese media amplified the mass trolling targetting popular food blogger Chuang Tzu-i amid a diplomatic row with the US.

Journalist becomes first person convicted over 2019 mob attack that injured dozens of Hongkongers

Bao Choy was found guilty of violating the city's Road and Traffic Ordinance by "making false statements" while searching public records of license plates as she investigated the mob attack.

WATCH/LISTEN: Myanmar: Coup & civil disobedience

Missed the live stream of the April 22 Global Voices Insights webinar on Myanmar? Here's a replay.

Hong Kong's pro-Beijing camp wants to ‘get rid of’ pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily

The call for a purge of Hong Kong's critical press comes as Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai was sentenced to 1 year and 2 months in prison.

Inspiring new generations of Balinese language speakers through superheroes and wikis

"Unequal access to digitalization is our biggest problem. Internet users continue to grow, but in reality not all areas in Bali have adequate internet access."

Japan announces timeline to dilute, dump radioactive water from Fukushima plant

The decision to release the wastewater poses seriously implications for fishing communities along the Fukushima coastline.

LIVE on April 22—Myanmar: Coup & civil disobedience

The session will be live-streamed on Facebook Live, YouTube, and Twitch.

How resisting the security law clampdown brought out Hongkongers’ creativity

Hong Kong Free Press takes a look at how Hongkongers are continuing to make their voices heard.

Thailand’s draft NGO law threatens to undermine the work of civil society groups

"This could block a vast amount of activities beneficial to society, while the punishment is disproportionate."

Digital discourse: How going online is keeping Kadazan and other indigenous languages alive in Borneo

"The indigenous languages don’t have to stay in dusty cabinets. We can use technology to have our languages and cultures available online."

Myanmar crackdown intensifies as air strikes lead to more killings and displacement

A Myanmar blogger has documented the escalation of violence in Myanmar and the continuing defiance of anti-coup protesters in the second half of March.

Hong Kong customs raids pro-democracy retail chain, sparking sympathy

About 100 custom officers stormed AbouThai’s warehouse and its 26 stores confiscating goods worth more than a million Hong Kong dollars, due to missing Chinese labels of 14 types of...

‘Our homeland is where the money is': pragmatic citizenship in Tajikistan

Every year, thousands of Central Asian citizens try to overcome the restrictions attached to the citizenship they acquired at birth and apply for a Russian passport.

WATCH/LISTEN: Breaking the taboo on abortion

Missed the live stream of the April 7 Global Voices Insights webinar on abortion rights in five countries? Here's a replay.

For stateless and scattered Tibetans, a new online tool helps voters make an informed choice

The reliable online platform, created by a group of Swiss Tibetans, allows candidates and voters to communicate effectively, and although it overcame some challenges, others are work in progress.

China’s Xinjiang-cotton debacle unleashed fierce patriotism and ethnic policy support

China has mobilized online patriots to support the use of Xinjiang cotto, arguing that allegations of forced labour along with other human rights violations are false information

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.


Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices!

Submitted addresses will be confirmed by email, and used only to keep you up to date about Global Voices and our mission. See our Privacy Policy for details.

Newsletter powered by Mailchimp (Privacy Policy and Terms).

* = required field
Email Frequency



No thanks, show me the site