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Stories about East Asia

22 January 2016

Photos of a Misty Morning Sun Rising Over Myanmar's Last Royal Capital

Photographer Zaw Zaw captured the beauty of Mandalay during one morning above Myanmar's last royal capital.

The Ever-Blurring Line Between Entertainment and Politics in China and Taiwan

A teenage K-pop performer's apology for waving a Republic of China flag—interpreted as supporting Taiwanese independence—recently went viral.

21 January 2016

Vintage Postcards Show Life in Vietnam in the Early 20th Century

The postcards are part of the digital collection of The New York Public Library, which recently released more than 180,000 digitized items into the public domain.

In Photos: Farmers Harvest Buckets of Glimmering Sea Salt in Myanmar

Many salt farmers in Myanmar are already migrating to other countries in search of better opportunities. This photo montage features salt farming along Myanmar's southeast coast.

20 January 2016

China Is Blocking Circumvention Tools With Help of Cloud Service Providers

Global Voices Advocacy

Experts estimate that between 1% and 3% of China's internet users are using circumvention tool to visit overseas websites. But this could change with new restrictions.

19 January 2016

Expand Your Movie-Watching Horizons With These 16 Films From Around the World

The Bridge

Follow the exploits of a transgender dad, a rotten tomato, Iranian rockers, a janitor-turned-mayor and others in this list of films that take you to the world beyond Hollywood.

18 January 2016

Why Do Hong Kongers Call Chief Executive CY Leung ‘689’?

Hint: it's not a nice nickname.

Taiwan Welcomes First Woman to Be Elected President

Taiwan has elected its first female president, Tsai Ing-wen, an opposition candidate who won 56.12 percent of the popular vote (almost 7 million ballots), soundly defeating her rivals.

17 January 2016

Viral Story About Special Train Service for Hokkaido Schoolgirl Causes Problems for Student

Heard of that viral story about the train station in Japan with just one young passenger? It's full of inaccuracies. And the female student is being harassed by train nerds.

15 January 2016

After Attack, Defiant Indonesians Declare #WeAreNotAfraid

"This attack won't weaken Indonesia; on the contrary, Indonesia will be stronger."

14 January 2016

Hong Kong's Government Is Walking All Over Chinese Dolphins—Literally and Figuratively

"You don't want the real one and kill them all. Then you step on the fake one and take a photo while laughing. What kind of mentality is this?"

13 January 2016

This Group Exposes Social Woes and Promotes Philippine Culture Through Street Art

"Doing street art is our way of bringing 'ART' closer to the masses. It is special for us because it's where the purest intention of an artist can be seen."

12 January 2016

Japan Celebrates the Spectacular Images of a Volcanic Island Being Born

A volcano south of Japan is providing spectacular images of a new island's slow creation.

Hong Kongers Fear That Their City's Autonomy From China Might Be Next to Disappear

"I mean, maybe one day we will be taken away just because we are not happy about the political system."

10 January 2016

A Live Surgery Draws Attention to Black Lung Disease in China

A black lung patient prepared a coffin for himself after ten years of languishing with the disease before receiving a lung transplant watched online by millions.

9 January 2016

‘You Just Need To Be White To Win’ Ad Denounced as Racist in Thailand

"Thai advert says you can be a winner if you have white skin. This is the most racist advert I've ever seen."

8 January 2016

These Calendars Can Get You Into Trouble in Thailand and Myanmar

"Who would've thought that mere act of taking photo with calendar could be an act of resistance?"

‘Orwellian Dystopia’ or Trustworthy Nation? Get the Facts on China's Social Credit System

Global Voices Advocacy

Combining individuals' financial records, online shopping data, social media behaviors and employment history, China will now produce a combined "social credit" score for each citizen.

7 January 2016

Japan and South Korea's Historic ‘Comfort Women’ Deal Angers Surviving Victims

The Imperial Japanese Army forced women from across Asia forced into sexual slavery during WWII. The surviving victims and some right-wing Japanese politicians weren't on board with this agreement.

Chinese Netizens Want Their Government to Take a Hard Line on North Korea's Nuclear Testing

"The heavenly kingdom is still protecting this thug. We should be ashamed that the heavenly kingdom is still protecting this thug"

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