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· June, 2021

Stories about East Asia from June, 2021

Some Thai students reject uniforms and standing for national flag during online classes

Some students refused to stand while others used a camera filter to make it appear like they were wearing a school uniform.

Arrests of more Mother Nature environmentalists in Cambodia labeled a witch hunt

Officials called the group "rebellious" and claimed they were using foreign funding in efforts to topple the government.

Japanese brown bear runs amok in Hokkaido island's largest city

The incident illustrates the increasing interactions between bears and humans in Japan.

Pro-democracy Apple Daily continues its operations despite raid, seizures and arrests

Among the five senior executives arrested, two were officially charged with with conspiracy to collude with external elements on June 18

Green playlist: Asian short films on protecting the environment

These films feature the struggles of various communities across the Asia-Pacific region as they defend their lands, environment and cultural heritage.

In Kyrgyzstan, an ultranationalist group thrives on rising anti-Chinese sentiment

Chinese enterprises are making home for themselves in Kyrgyzstan. Some parts of the Kyrgyz population see this trend as a threat.

How Sinophobia is instrumentalized in Kazakhstan as a form of oppositional politics

In Kazakhstan, Sinophobia is often a tool instrumentalized by protest organizers to mobilize people as a form of criticism of governmental policies

China's wandering elephant herd show. Not as ‘lovable’ as it looks.

"Finally an expert has provided an explanation about the herd’s northbound journey. Local officials avoided addressing the truth."

‘Lying down flat’ as passive resistance in China

"You can’t stand up. But you don’t want to kneel down. Then you can only lie down flat."

Remembering Asia’s first Pride march in Manila

Two organizers of the historic 1994 Manila Pride shared their reflections about the legacy of the protest and the continuing struggle to fight for LGBT+ rights

Pro-Beijing lawmakers in Hong Kong slam Gay Games as ‘disgraceful’

"It's civil society’s business if they want to do it, but it’s wrong [for government] to throw money at this."

Global Voices’ top stories on environmental destruction, as the planet just observed World Environment Day

Global Voices has covered environmental issues extensively, and one focus of our stories has been the way pollution, massive urbanization, development infrastructures, and human-caused accidents are destroying fragile ecosystems.

Laos social media task force: Will it target ‘fake news’ or censor online criticism?

"The reinforcement of social media platforms’ registration and severe control of online information are another reflection of the digital dictatorship in Laos."

Tokyo Olympics: A symbol of the divide in Japanese society

Using Twitter's public API, Global Voices analyzed more than 2.5 million Japanese-language tweets to gauge public sentiment around the Tokyo Olympic Games.

What a Kyrgyzstan oil refinery reveals about China's Belt and Road Initiative

"We tried to reach the mayor, arguing that the plant is harmful to the environment...We tried our best but nobody was listening to us."

Indigenous people denounce Chinese oil giant's extractions in Peru's Amazon Forest

A coalition of non-governmental and indigenous organizations came together to hold their government and companies accountable

Myanmar’s long history of revolutionary poets

In Myanmar's history, poets have shown solidarity with the ordinary people and have been at the frontline in every revolution.

Global Voices’ top stories on the climate crisis, as the planet observes World Environment Day

On World Environment Day, a look at the Global Voices stories on climate change that have most captured our attention so far this year.

How the lack of Brazilian correspondents in China affects perceptions of both countries

Journalists Marcelo Ninio and Talita Fernandes discuss Brazilian perspectives on China.

Myanmar navy deserters speak out against military regime

"The soldiers we saw when we were young were loved by the people. But what they are doing now is just opposite of what I believe and ... want to...

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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