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Stories about East Asia

20 September 2015

What Could a Protest of Taxi Drivers in Lisbon and Jakarta Possibly Have in Common? Uber!

Uber is challenging the taxi business concept all around the world. Portuguese taxi drivers are reacting very seriously: with protests. The same is happening in Indonesia.

19 September 2015

Taiwan Fishing Heritage: Fish and Fire Dance in the Sea

Every year from May to September, masses of anchovies and sardines swim off the northern coast of Taiwan. "Jolting fire," a traditional way of fishing, is used to catch them.

Brewing Sake in Japan Is Becoming a Woman's Game—Again

In ancient times, it's said that brewing sake was a women's craft. But for the past few hundred years women have been forbidden from brewing. That's changing in big ways.

18 September 2015

Photos Show How Badly the Haze Is Affecting Southeast Asia

As a forest fire sends a thick haze above Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, face masks have become the fashion du jour for those venturing outdoors.

The End of Japan's ‘Peace Constitution’ Draws Ever Closer

As the country's ruling coalition prepared to pass a new law allowing Japan to go to war, protesters lined the streets and scuffles broke out inside the Diet itself.

In Myanmar, Election Candidates Chase Votes Via ‘Likes’

Yen Snaing from The Irrawaddy writes how election candidates in Myanmar are using Facebook to get the support of voters.

15 September 2015

A Hong Kong Business Magnate ‘Runs Away’. Chinese Netizens Ask, Why Shouldn't He?

In an article that was quickly removed, a think tank affiliated with the Chinese government slammed Li Ka Shing for moving his business away from Hong Kong and mainland China.

Veteran Thai Journalist Detained After ‘Attitude-Adjustment’

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"Freedom can't be maintained if we're not willing to defend it," Pravit tweeted on the day of his detention.

As Japan's Largest Volcano Erupts, Tourists Upload Snapshots to Instagram

Japan's largest volcano erupted unexpectedly on Monday, September 14. Tourists captured the spectacle on Instagram.

14 September 2015

A Joke About Refrigerators Mocks China's Trend Toward Extreme Patriotism

"Long live the motherland, who knows which company sells refrigerators that are broad and flat?"

13 September 2015

Haze Returns to Southeast Asia as Indonesia's Forest Fires Reach Critical Level

Smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has led to hazy skies in Malaysia and Singapore as well. Social media users reacted with concerns about health and jokes about "Haze Runner."

China's State-Run Central Television Slammed for Plagiarizing a Photographer's Work

When a freelance photographer accused China's Central Television of plagiarizing his time-lapse photos of Tibet, the state-run station chose to ignore his copyright claims and instead intimidated him with threats.

12 September 2015

Sudden, Massive Flooding Near Tokyo Catches Japan Off-Guard

The sheer scale of the flooding was surprising, and was reminiscent of the devastation caused by the massive tsunami that struck northeastern Japan in March, 2011.

In Northern Thailand, Massage Training Gives Female Prisoners a Second Chance

Every day, a line of customers wait patiently to book massage appointments at the Vocational Training Center. Slots fill up quickly, and many people are told to try again tomorrow.

11 September 2015

Many Japanese Surprised Their Country Accepts Very Few Refugees

"Anyone who supports parliamentary democracy based on a constitution should never ignore the plight of refugees."

Indonesian Activists Remember Slain Human Rights Defender Munir Said Thalib

September marks 11 years since Munir Said Thalib, a human rights activist who exposed government abuses during the last years of President Suharto, was killed by suspected military agents.

9 September 2015

Thailand's Military-Backed Government to Stay in Power After Draft Charter's Rejection

"This draft constitution will eventually establish a mechanism which will sustain the power of undemocratic entities over the democratic ones."

Could Privatization Clean Out the Corruption in China's State-Owned Enterprises?

Liu Shengjun, a well-know economist and opinion leader, has audaciously called for the privatization of state-owned enterprises, a taboo idea given China's commitment to the idea of collective ownership.

Indonesian House Leaders Face Ethics Probe After Cozying Up to Donald Trump

The surprise appearance of Indonesia's House speaker and his deputy at Donald Trump's campaign rally in New York angered many Indonesian netizens.

8 September 2015

Trolls Go After Artists Who Aren't ‘Patriotic’ Enough During China's WWII Parade

American-born Taiwanese singer Christine Fan removed a photo of her twin babies after receiving a flood of online hate for not sharing military parade photos instead.

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