Stories about East Asia
11 November 2015
A columnist stoked debate about the openness of Chinese universities after he found himself having to literally scale the wall of Xiamen University to gain access to the campus.
10 November 2015
9 November 2015
"My Burmese friends who have voted are proudly sharing photos of their ink-stained fingers... You might say, today the Burmese people give the old regime the finger!"
7 November 2015
“I believe Islam is very tolerant on these issues,” the LGBT activist says. “I believe in God, and God loves. Those who cast us out aren’t God.”
Japanese cosmetic company Shiseido has produced a gender-bending commercial that is turning heads.
China announced at the end of October that it was scrapping its infamous one-child policy. Many Chinese netizens didn't exactly greet the news with cheers.
6 November 2015
"What sort of outcome is hoped to be accomplished with the Ma-Xi meeting? Are the expectations of the Ma government the same as those of the Taiwanese people?"
An eleventh-hour meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-Jeou two months before presidential elections in Taiwan suggests that something very, very unusual is going on.
Hu Xijin denounced the popular use of “patriotic thief," but some netizens pointed out that he himself has demonstrated some of the characteristics of that term.
5 November 2015
Myanmar's November 8 election is the country's second general election after the military-backed government implemented political reforms in 2010.
4 November 2015
Chinese fans worried the scene, in which Xi Jinping kisses a Korean-speaking woman who is not his wife, could get the show banned.
3 November 2015
The Philippines has an estimated 14 million indigenous peoples. The majority are living in remote villages threatened by destructive mining, development aggression, and militarization.
1 November 2015
The Duranno Father School is designed to transform stoic Korean dads into more loving and involved parents. The program includes a literal lesson on "how to hug."
31 October 2015
Nearly five years after the tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan, thousands still suffer the consequences. So a Japanese Buddhist monk developed a pop-up cafe to cater to their needs.
Netizens Think the Controversial Confucius Peace Prize Is Suspiciously Convenient for Chinese Authorities
The Chinese government isn't associated with the prize, which was awarded this year to Zimbabwe's President Mugabe. But that hasn't stopped censorship of critical comments or the communist party's cheerleading.
29 October 2015
“I was told I was only being taken in for questioning. It turns out I would be held for 14 years. From 1965 until December 1979. We never got justice."
28 October 2015
Japan and Iran seem to have common techniques for keeping cozy during the winter seasons.
27 October 2015
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga went to the UN to address human rights violations he says the Japanese and American governments have committed.