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· August, 2014

Stories about East Asia from August, 2014

14 August 2014

The Worst Explosion in Taiwan's History Has Set Off a Major Political Debate

A recent gas-line explosion killed 30 people in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second largest city, setting off a debate about the the underground pipelines that serve the nation's petrochemical industry.

13 August 2014

Malaysian Government Threatens to Block Facebook Over “Abuse” Reports

Advox

Other legislators want to create a government registry of Facebook accounts or amend the country's Sedition Act to address online hate speech -- moves that would still threaten free speech.

China’s Soldiers Have Instant Noodles Cooked With Muddy Water. Political Performance? Or Not?

Human Kidney Trafficking in China

12 August 2014

Local Chinese Government Bars Hijabs, Long Beards and Other ‘Abnormal Appearances’ From Public Transport

Some think the temporary measure will become permanent in Karamay, Xinjiang, home to many ethnic Uyghur Muslims. Tensions have at times resulted in deadly clashes between Uyghur activists and authorities.

11 August 2014

Improving Internet Access in Cambodia

Thailand's Junta Bans ‘Tropico’, a Computer Game That Simulates Military Dictatorship

The game allows a player to be a dictator named 'El Presidente' and launch a coup in a tropical paradise island.

When Red Cross China Needs a PR Boost, Propaganda Authorities Have the Embattled Charity's Back

CCTV aired a confession from Guo Meimei, who impersonated a Red Cross executive, the evening after a deadly earthquake. Many speculated it was to help the charity's calls for donations.

8 August 2014

China Tightens Its Control of Popular Messaging App WeChat With Real-Name Registration

WeChat has grown popular since 2012 and now has almost 400 million active users. It was subject to a crackdown earlier this year, with 100 public accounts shut down.

Cambodia’s Freedom Park, a Site of Protest and Symbol of Free Expression, Reopens

Cambodia's Freedom Park was barricaded by the police after it became the main site of protest actions against the government.

Chinese Soldiers Are Dancing to Viral Hit ‘Little Apple’ to Convince People to Enlist

Some media have called "Little Apple" China's answer to Korean K-pop's "Gangnam Style."

7 August 2014

A Weibo Spat Hints at the Battle Brewing Over Journalism's Future in China

Lin Zhibo's appointment as dean of journalism school at Lanzhou University pitted the country's leftist nationalists against liberals pressing for more media freedom.

Hollywood Studios Sue 15 South Koreans for Subtitling Their TV Shows Without Permission

South Korean subtitlers were sued by Hollywood studios for their translation of popular TV shows. Is there any talking points missing from Western media report?

6 August 2014

Hong Kong Web Users Are Defending Originality As Game Clone ‘Tower of Saviors’ Hits It Big

Behind the commercial success of mobile game Tower of Saviors lies a mob of angry netizens who accuse the game of being a shameless imitation of Japan's Puzzle & Dragons.

How the Singapore-Malaysia ‘Toll Wars’ Are Hurting Workers and Commuters

The cost of crossing the Singapore-Johor Causeway suddenly went up by almost 400 percent after toll fees were raised by Malaysia and Singapore.

5 August 2014

Malaysia’s Longest Serving PM Repeats Call to Censor the Internet

Advox

Dr. Mahathir Mohamad says Web platforms and services are worse for online freedom than government regulation...and that the Malaysian government needs to start censoring the Web.

2 August 2014

The World’s First Dengue Vaccine Could Be Available in Southeast Asia Next Year

Up to 100 million people across the world are infected with dengue each year. Will the vaccine finally stop the spread of the virus?

Indonesia Is Fighting Haze With a New Online Fire Monitoring Tool

An online fire monitoring tool using real-time information has reportedly reduced the time it takes for firefighters to respond to blazes from 20 hours to two to four hours.

Political Implications on the Downfall of Security Chief