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Stories about East Asia

13 July 2016

Filipinos Call on China to Do a #Chexit in the South China Sea

"West Philippine Sea is legally, politically and historically ours. The hell with China's imaginary 9-dash line, #CHexit now!"

11 July 2016

Myanmar Official Gets Online Support for Challenging Radical Buddhist Group

The hashtag #NoMaBaTha was launched on Facebook to support an embattled city minister for speaking out against a Buddhist nationalist group in Myanmar.

A New Species of Beetle Named After President Xi Is Blacklisted on Chinese Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

"An act of ass kissing now turns into ass kicking…"

Chinese Censors Are Making Sure Social Media Only Shows Positive Flooding News

Global Voices Advocacy

"The propaganda is good at turning a disaster into a positive story and making human errors invisible."

10 July 2016

Hundreds Join March in Cambodia a Few Hours After Government Critic Was Shot Dead

"When regime wanted to kill, labels them [conspirators] not loyal to the regime. Then they kill them."

She'll Get US Citizenship 60 Years After Being Adopted, But Thousands More Must Still Wait

Advocates say as many as 15,000 people who were adopted from abroad but never naturalized are waiting for legislation that would give them the chance to get documented too.

Amazing and Surreal Photos of Fireflies In Japan

The earth is a beautiful place.

8 July 2016

‘Talking Dictionary’ Transmits Language of Japan's Indigenous Ainu People

Rising Voices

An online "talking dictionary" is attempting to preserve the Ainu language spoken by the indigenous inhabitants of Japan's northeastern island of Hokkaido.

China Bans News Sourcing From Social Media

"From a historical perspective, media outlets that are close to government have a higher tendency to fabricate news. The track record of state-controlled media outlets is even worse."

Arashiro Yukiya Wins Red Jersey in Tour de France, and Japan Is Ecstatic

"Cyclist Arashiro Yukiya wins "combativity award" on Tour de France! He inspires us all!"

7 July 2016

Why Did Facebook Remove a Post Criticizing Singapore Police?

Global Voices Advocacy

After police searched political activist and civil rights lawyer Teo Soh Lung's home and computer without a warrant, she posted about it on Facebook. Then her post was taken down.

3 July 2016

Why Are Japan's Election Sound Cars So Noisy, and So Pointless?

It's election time in Japan again and for many Japanese people, that means the return of a particularly Japanese annoyance: 'sound cars' that repeat pointless and uninformative messages.

2 July 2016

Thai Activists Use Toys, Balloons and Dolls to Campaign for Democracy

Protests are still banned in Thailand where the army remains in power, but will authorities arrest the 'protesting' toys and dolls?

1 July 2016

The ‘Achievement Epidemic’ in Vietnam Schools

"I think families’ expectations and the career guidance given to students are unrealistic and not that helpful."

In China, Homophobia and Fear of ‘Foreign Forces’ Go Hand in Hand

After a lesbian couple got engaged publicly at a university, a school official accused one of the women of being "under the control of an illegal organization."

30 June 2016

Can Japan’s Opposition Parties Compete?

This article is by Corey Wallace and was originally published in East Asia Forum. The article is republished on Global Voices under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 license. On 10 July, Japan...

Taiwan's First Airline Strike Inspires Workers in Other Sectors to Reflect on Their Rights

"Today the CAL flight attendants wrote a new page in the history of strikes in Taiwan. I hope this success will not be limited to this class of workers..."

28 June 2016

‘Warcraft’ Movie Brings Out the Nostalgia in China's Online Gaming Generation

"Sitting in the cinema, I was overwhelmed and almost cried. I started playing Warcraft in 2005 and was among the first group of players."

27 June 2016

After Brexit, Timor-Leste Workers Are Worried About Their Future in the UK

"European leaders must display serenity and begin to re-imagine a Union that is more peoples-based, reconnecting with the real people, less focused on the stifling Brussels-based bureaucrats."

26 June 2016

Manila's Pride March Advocates to “End the Hate and Let Love In”

"This year, we need everyone to come together and advance the campaign for love. We call on all Filipinos to let love into their homes, communities, and the whole country."

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