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· April, 2011

Stories about East Asia from April, 2011

China: Changing Pork into Beef

Fauna from ChinaSMACK looks into the latest food security scandal on beef extract addictive which can turn pork into beef.

Citizen Journalism from Tibet

“The Story Behind the Story” on Radio Free Asia looks at recent video footage that was taken by a Tibetan citizen journalist. The footage, smuggled out of Tibet, appears to...

Thailand: Outrage Over Topless Teen Dancing

The buzz in Thailand in the past week was the scandal caused by the topless teen dancers during the Songkran Water Festival (Thai New Year). The photos and videos of...

Japan: Tohoku Earthquake as seen through Twitter

A video by Rio Akasaka shows how the news of the earthquake spread on Twitter on March 11.

Cambodia, Thailand: Border troops clash anew

Thai and Cambodian soldiers clashed anew in the disputed border territory of the two neighbouring countries. For live updates, follow Thai Report and Khmerization.

Malaysian-ASEAN Regional Bloggers Conference

The 1st Malaysian-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Regional Bloggers Conference starts today in Kuala Lumpur.

North Korea: North Korean Defectors’ Remittances to Families in North

North Korean expert Andrei Lankov, wrote about the remittances from North Korean defectors on the East Asian Forum site. Despite their economic struggle in capitalistic South Korea, they send money...

China: Massive Strike by Truck Drivers at Shanghai Ports

Kenneth Tan from Shanghaiist posts photos and reports on the massive strike by truck drivers against rising fuel prices and higher handling fees charged by Shanghai ports.

China: Rescuing Dogs

Jing Gao from The Ministry of Tofu has summarized some micro-blog discussions on the recent dog rescuing action in Beijing.

China: The Murder Case of Yao Jiaxin

Over the past few months, the cold-blooded murder of a young woman, Zhang Miao, by affluent music student Yao Jiaxin, has been the most heated topic on the Chinese Internet....

China: Facebook's PR strategy

Bill Bishop at DigiCha and Imagethief's Will Moss ruminate on Facebook's PR strategy as speculation grows over the social networking site's possible entry into the Chinese market.

Indonesia: Suicide Bomber Targets Police Mosque

A suicide bomber attacked the Adz-Zikro mosque located within a police complex in Cirebon City in Indonesia last Friday, April 15, 2011. Dozens were injured when the bomb exploded during...

Malaysia: Email For Citizens Project Draws Criticism

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that all Malaysians aged 18 years and above will receive a 1Malaysia email account. But many bloggers have criticized the project as unnecessary, saying...

South Korea: Search Engine Censorship Claims

As South Korea's biggest search engines file an anti-competition charge against Google, net users have started to look back at the various companies' contributions to the Korean net environment. The...

Singapore: Bloggers Criticize PAP Manifesto

Singapore’s ruling coalition, People’s Action Party, released its election manifesto on April 17, 2011, which was immediately criticized by many bloggers for being “too vague.” PAP has been in power...

China: College mistress “price list” exposed

Chiafu Chen from Ministry of Tofu has translated a forum post from MOP about the exposure of college mistress “price list” and contract.

Brazil/Japan: Bridge Blogging Post-Earthquake News

“I read a post from a japanese blogger, I found it truly interesting and I decided to translate part of it”, said [pt] Satou Mihoko, who has decided to bridge...

Philippines: Using social networks to promote local music

A photographer uses various social networks to promote original Filipino music.

Laos: Protest against Xayaburi dam

Activists held a picket in front of the Laos Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand to protest against the planned Xayaburi dam in Mekong River in Laos. The big dam, according to...

Myanmar: Petition campaign for peace and reconciliation

A petition campaign was initiated on the first day of the Burmese New Year at the headquarters of the Myanmar opposition party, the National league for Democracy, urging the President...

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Oiwan Lam is the North East Asia editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

Mong Palatino is the South East Asia editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

Nevin Thompson is the Japan editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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