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· July, 2012

Stories about East Asia from July, 2012

25 July 2012

Hong Kong: Signal Ten Typhoon

Japan: Debate over the Preservation of a Dead Tree

Language War in the Hong Kong Book Fair

Malaysia: Selangor State Faces Water Shortage

Selangor, Malaysia's richest state, could be facing a water shortage crisis soon after its water concessionaire announced that water rationing might be necessary because of lack of clean water reserves....

24 July 2012

Indonesia: EngageMedia's Video4Change Retreat on Video for Social Change

Indonesia was the host-country for Video4Change, a week long retreat where different organizations came together to discuss how video can be used for social change and also come up with...

China: Chinese Alcohol

20 July 2012

Venezuela, Japan: Two Japanese Performers Master the Venezuelan Harp

Among the Japanese musicians interested in traditional Venezuelan music, Yoko Yoshizawa and Mika Agematsu stand out in the interpretation of the Venezuelan harp, a key instrument in Venezuelan music from...

MENA: Welcoming Ramadan

Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar has just begun. It is a time when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, try to get closer to God and celebrate...

South Korea: Mega Corporation Lotte Faces Nationwide Boycott

In South Korea, over two million small business owners have called for a nationwide boycott of products made by conglomerate Lotte Group. This unprecedentedly large scale collective action has spread...

Mongolia: Documenting Wild Snow Leopard Cubs

Snow leopards are rare and very elusive. A team of scientists from the Snow Leopard Trust has been conducting a long term study on the big cats and recently shared...

China: Ai Weiwei's Tax Evasion Case

Myanmar's Unique Naming System

Most Myanmar citizens do not have a family name. Ever wonder how they fill out forms which ask for both first name and last name or wonder what is the...

Indonesia: “Jokowi vs Foke” in Jakarta Governor Election Run-Off

It's going to be a “Jokowi vs Foke” showdown in the Jakarta, Indonesia governor election run-off in September. Jokowi is a mayor of Solo City in Central Java while Foke...

19 July 2012

Singapore: Law Society Faces Criticism From Online Community

Singapore's Law Society is in hot water on social media platforms after allegations were made that they had attempted to prevent human rights lawyer Madasamy Ravi from continuing to fight...

Video: Internet Society Discusses International Freedom of Speech and Censorship

Will the technologies of anonymization win out over new digital monitoring tools? And will new wireless data technologies foster democracy–or lead to more effective tracking and surveillance? A panel discussion...

Indonesia: Charismatic Entrepreneur Charmed Jakarta Voters

Residents of Jakarta, Indonesia went to the polls to elect a new governor of the country's capital. In a surprising twist, voters supported Joko Widodo, an entrepreneur and mayor of...

18 July 2012

China: Blogger Shorts SINA to 8% Shares Plunge With a Tweet

On July 16, famous Chinese blogger Isaac Mao wrote on Twitter that he would be shorting $SINA everyday, in reaction to SINA Weibo's (a Chinese microblogging platform) deletion of his...

China: Draft Rule to Prohibit Citizens from Monitoring Air?

China: State-run Media's English Forum

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