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· May, 2015

Stories about East Asia from May, 2015

19 May 2015

Despite Protests, Malaysia Still Plans to Build a Mega Dam That Could Displace 20,000 Indigenous People

"It is built for the benefit of others rather than those who live in Baram and for the long term good of the Baram."

17 May 2015

Rohingya Boat Refugees Rejected by Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia

"Action on #Rohingya is a real test of character for #ASEAN. Are we compassionate or heartless nations?"

15 May 2015

In Japan, a Social Network Dedicated Entirely to Weather News

Like weather? Interested in citizen journalism? A Japan-fan to boot? SoLive24 may be the social network for you.

Global Voices Partners With Thai News Site Prachatai

Prachatai, which means 'free people' in Thai, is an independent online newspaper in Thailand that has defied authorities by making a stand against martial law.

A Viral Music Video in China Pokes Fun at Xiaomi CEO’s Imperfect English

After Lei Jun’s English skills were mocked following a short speech at one of the tech giant's product launches, Chinese are once again asking—Is English important for business internationalisation?

Award-Winning Photos Capture the Indigenous Tao People on Taiwan’s Orchid Island

An increase in tourists has the Tao people worried about new challenges to their fishing way of life.

14 May 2015

A Japanese Town Wants UNESCO Recognition for Kamikaze Memorabilia

Before the young pilots flew to their deaths in WWII, many left behind letters and other artifacts. The town of Chiran wants them given UNESCO's "Memory of the World" status.

‘Uber Is Doomed to Be Investigated in China’

Web users are criticizing local Chinese authorities for cracking down on crowd-sourced taxi service Uber, accusing them of protecting the taxi industry and attacking yet another foreign Internet company.

‘They Belong in the Classroom, Not in Prison': Myanmar's Detained Student Protesters

"They belong in the classroom, not in prison. That's why I painted their portraits."

12 May 2015

Hong Kong Citizens Want Legal Protections for Their Metadata

Advox

Should government agencies really be able to look at Hong Kongers' telephone metadata without any oversight from the courts?

Chinese Netizens See Symbolism in Viral Stage Collapse Video

"To celebrate the Mother's Day for our mother country, the Bijie city theatre in Guizhou Province puts on a grand performance of 'The Collapse of the Chinese Dream.'"

10 May 2015

A Han Musician’s Song Slams Stereotypes of China’s Xinjiang Region

A new song written by an ethnic Han encourages people to abandon their prejudices towards Xinjiang, a western region in China where ethnic tensions still simmer.

How Does China's Foreign NGO Management Law Curb the Development of Civil Society?

The "fundamental purpose of the law" is "to significantly tighten the Government's control over civil society," Human Rights Watch told Global Voices.

9 May 2015

Philippines Deports Thai Worker for Insulting Filipinos on Facebook

Advox

Some Filipinos in Thailand criticized the deportation: "Offensive, hateful and downright irresponsible as [the remarks] are, they were not criminal."

8 May 2015

More and More, LGBT Japanese Are Coming Out of the Closet

An Internet survey conducted by international PR and advertising giant Dentsu has found that 1 in 13 Japanese people (7.7%) between the ages of 20 and 59 identify as LGBT.

Singapore Shuts Down News Website on World Press Freedom Day

Advox

"The (government's) draconian measures...legitimize excessive intervention by the state and set a precedent for the diminution of our online space."

What Happens When Japan Goes on a Week-Long Vacation?

There are mixed emotions as Japan's extended holiday ends. Some are sad to return to work, while others welcome life's return to normal.

6 May 2015

Questions After Indonesia Executes Drug Convicts From Australia, Brazil and Nigeria

Debates continue about the death penalty law, the ‘war on drugs’, and the possibility that some of the convicts could be victims of injustice.

Chinese People Seem to Love Uber. Chinese Authorities? Not So Much

Authorities raided Uber offices in China twice in one week as part of a crackdown on unlicensed taxis. Some believe the real reason is to wipe out a foreign competitor.

4 May 2015

Hong Kong Civic Groups Demand Legal Protections Against Mobile App Surveillance

Advox

Hong Kong pro-democracy advocates fear that police have been monitoring instant messages and chat apps with no government oversight.