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Stories about East Asia

30 July 2019

New book presents rarely researched aspects of Myanmar's political and media transition

"But as many of the contributors noted, while the space for expression did open up, the threats against journalists and activists did not reduce."

29 July 2019

A brief history of Taiwan's indigenous Seediq tribe

Rising Voices

The Seediq tribe, one of the aboriginal tribes of Taiwan, has a history of fighting for their rights against the Japanese colonial power.

28 July 2019

Thai folk singer and activist Tom Dundee released after five years in prison for insulting monarchy

"Democracy must be created from the people, mustn’t it? Democracy cannot come from only one person."

24 July 2019

Online photo collection gives inside glimpse of Occupation-era Japan—and saga of Japanese-American internment

The Theodore Akimoto Family Collection features more than 250 photographs of postwar Japan.

23 July 2019

Life in Panghsang, a Chinese enclave in Myanmar's Wa region

Despite its location on the Myanmar side of the border, on a stroll around the town, you may believe you’re in China.

22 July 2019

Armed mobs attack anti-extradition protesters in a suburban Hong Kong subway station

"At least 45 people were hospitalized and one was left in critical condition as a result of the mob attack."

21 July 2019

Walk the streets of Japan on YouTube with Rambalac

"I started filming my walks just for fun and additional reason to go outside."

Hong Kong anti-extradition protests evolve into district-level demonstrations

With no end in sight, Hong Kong's anti-extradition protests have evolved into a series of demonstrations in local districts.

Philippine vice president and other Duterte critics charged with sedition

"The charges are meant to silence and persecute human rights lawyers, opposition leaders, and the church, and to send a message to anyone who dares to criticize this administration."

20 July 2019

Vietnamese-American musician's song in support of Hong Kong anti-extradition protesters goes viral

"As a Hong Konger, I am touched....Thank you for giving us strength to carry on."

18 July 2019

The organization and future of the Hong Kong anti-extradition protests

Professor Francis Li shared insights into protesters' organization strategies and discussed the future of the movement during a public salon at the Hong Kong cafe Brew Note.

17 July 2019

Cambodian activists arrested for commemorating the anniversary of political analyst Kem Ley's death

"The accusation that a peaceful gathering merits a prison sentence is a serious and systematic threat to the little remaining space left for freedom of expression in the country."

15 July 2019

#MeToo in Myanmar: Two documentaries on how the global movement has inspired women to speak out

A major challenge in advancing women’s welfare is resisting feudal thinking like the concept of hpon which promotes the supposed superiority and positive spiritually of men over women.

Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun still detained by Beijing after six months

Advox

There have been concerns that he has not received adequate support from the Australian government.

11 July 2019

The ‘water attack’ of Chinese tech exec opens a flood gate of complaints against the company

"The whole country knows what the problem is and only Robin Li and his PR team pretend that they don’t know."

9 July 2019

China’s censored histories: The struggle to carry memories of the Tiananmen Massacre into the future

Advox

Chinese internet users circumvent censorship on 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre with artworks, music and memes.

8 July 2019

What happened after anti-extradition protesters broke into Hong Kong legislature?

The decision to break in the legislature was the culmination of a month-long escalation of protests against the extradition bill proposed by the Hong Kong government.

7 July 2019

The lives of South Asians in Khon Kaen, northeast Thailand

“I want to change the narrative about Indians through food!”

6 July 2019

Kim Kardashian, cultural appropriation, and genocide

The Bridge

While combining "Kim Kardashian", "kimono" and "cultural appropriation" into a sentence seems almost comically idiotic, cultural appropriation can be deadly, which is reason enough to take cultural appropriation seriously today.

5 July 2019

French expat forced to apologize for making a music video which mocks the Thai junta

"…criticizing a government and a regime does not equate to hating a country. I love Thailand, I just don't love dictators and military coups."

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