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Stories about East Asia

12 May 2016

These Images Illustrate How Litter Is Destroying Myanmar's Famous Landmarks

"If you set an example by by being careful with where you throw away your trash, we can raise the standards of our country."

Were Authorities Really Tricked Into Hosting a Cultural Revolution Throwback Concert? Chinese Are Skeptical.

"It is impossible for 56 Flowers to perform at the Great Hall of the People without prior approval from central authorities..."

10 May 2016

Not Only Patients Suffer in China's Broken Healthcare System—Medical Professionals Do Too

A former patient stabbed a retired doctor to death in Guangzhou. Medical professionals are too often the target of violence from Chinese frustrated with the healthcare sector.

9 May 2016

Animals Can't Escape Cambodia's Worst Drought in 50 Years, Either

Water shortages have been declared in 18 of Cambodian's 25 provinces, and more than 2.5 million Cambodians in 100 districts are affected by the drought.

7 May 2016

Timor Leste's Prime Minister Isn't Backing Down on His Defamation Lawsuit Against Two Journalists

"This defamation complaint threatens to significantly undermine press freedom in Timor Leste by engendering a culture of fear and intimidation among journalists who report on issues of national import."

Meet Japan's Biggest YouTube Star

Who is one of the most popular YouTube stars you have never heard of? Here's a hint: he lives in Japan.

6 May 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Defenders

This week, we take you to Cambodia, Syria, Tajikistan, The Gambia and Colombia

For Fascinating Photos of 20th-Century Japan, Look to 21st-Century Twitter

A Japanese Twitter account serves up an amazing selection of nostalgic photographs of Japan taken throughout the 20th century.

5 May 2016

How El Niño Is Affecting the Upland Areas of Myanmar

"The lake near our village dried up two months ago. Last year, we were able to use water from there until March."

4 May 2016

A Student's Death Exposes the Chaos of China's Medical System, Exacerbated by Baidu Search Engine

Wei, a 21-year-old college student at Shaanxi’s Xi’an, had for years suffered from synovial sarcoma and both chemotherapy and surgery had failed.

3 May 2016

Hundreds of Chinese Schoolchildren Have Been Poisoned, But Their Affluent Families Aren’t Winning Them Much Sympathy

There's a public safety crisis in Changzhou, where hundreds of schoolchildren fell ill after exposure to toxic compounds. Unfortunately for the ailing kids, their families are rich and widely disliked.

2 May 2016

It’s Open Season on Online Hate Speech in Myanmar

Global Voices Advocacy

A group of peace advocates launched a page on Facebook dedicated to addressing the rising number of hate-speech cases in Myanmar. Meet the “No-Hate Speech Project.”

‘Not One More’ Network Calls for Protection of Grassroots Environmentalists in Cambodia

"Protecting our environment is the most important job anyone could take on, it shouldn’t be one of the most dangerous."

29 April 2016

Cambodia Cancels Screening of Film About Murdered Environmentalist Chut Wutty

"This ban provides yet another example of Cambodia's pervasive culture of impunity, and the lengths that the government will go to preserve it."

28 April 2016

Five Years Ago, a Tsunami Devastated Japan. Now a Filmmaker Looks Back.

The Canadian filmmaker Estelle Hebert has produced a one-hour documentary about one village's struggle to revive after a massive tsunami devastated much of Japan on March 11, 2011.

27 April 2016

Chinese Big Brother Is Watching You, Even in Australia

"We are concerned that Mr Wu is becoming a victim of the Chinese government’s increasingly intrusive attempts to curb voices of dissent among overseas Chinese."

Your Skin Is Gonna Hate Japan's Yellow Sand

Every year Japan marks the start of spring with the arrival of 'Yellow Sand' from the Asian mainland. The sand hampers visibility and can cause illness and skin problems.

Here's a Map That Shows You What the Japanese Really Think of Europe

According to Japanese stereotypes, which country in Europe has the most luxurious prisons? And which country in Europe is full of stupid people? And why can't Latvians eat potatoes?

European Union Slams China Over Missing Hong Kong Booksellers

"The case involves a serious violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms and raises grave concerns about the rule of law under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle..."

26 April 2016

After Weeks of Scorching Heat, Myanmar Is Hit by the Worst Hailstorm in 50 Years

Strong winds struck Mandalay, Sagaing, and the states of Shan and Chin, while hailstones as big as golf balls rained down on these regions.

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