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· February, 2016

Stories about East Asia from February, 2016

Hong Kongers’ Long-Simmering Distrust of Government Boils Over in the ‘Fishball Riots’

"...we will fight back. We will not act like the fools in the Occupy Central protest, sitting there and waiting for the cops to arrest them."

The Troubling Rise of Internet-Related Arrests in Cambodia

"They do plainly illustrate a deeply troubling trend, whereby those who criticize the political elite are routinely being arrested for expressing their views on social media."

Hilarious Animated History of Japan Gets Rave Reviews—Including From Japanese

Bill Wurtz's compelling video history of Japan has gone viral, collecting millions of views in just over one week.

Chinese Authorities Pressured a Bangladesh Art Summit Into Censoring a Tibet Exhibit

"The underlying threat to this message is: If you do not comply, we will cut economic ties or otherwise make it difficult for you."

Viewers Complain China’s Spring Festival TV Gala Was Way Too Political This Year

"The New Year's gala this year is awful, I feel like I’ve just watched a daily news broadcast but in gala form."

Is Taiwan a Country, a Self-Governing Island, or a Breakaway Territory or Province of China?

The question of Taiwan's political status "is a difficult question for diplomats and journalists, and it is not an easy one even for Taiwanese."

For Mainland Chinese, Taiwan's Earthquake Relief Efforts Stand in Stark Contrast to Their Own

"So concrete, transparent and efficient."

These Speed Drawing Videos Promote Tolerance and Women Empowerment in Indonesia

"With the spread of extremist doctrines targeting vulnerable youth, the need for alternative messages to violent intolerance that celebrate Indonesia’s spirit of pluralism and unity in diversity is increasingly urgent."

China Tries to Be Hip With Its Latest Political Propaganda Songs

Chinese Communist Party propaganda now comes in rap form, with lyrics like, "Say it with me, The Four Comprehensives, The Four Comprehensives, a prosperous society is the goal".

Global Deforestation Is Decreasing. Or Is It?

A new look at the complex picture of changes in land use suggests that, when it comes to forests, we’re far from being out of the woods.

Political Interference? The Culling of Japan's Broadcasters Culminates in a Respected Journalist's Ouster

"Pressure from the Abe government? All newscasters critical of the government have been taken off the air, one after the other."

Malaysia's ‘Toxic’ Politics Are Similar to ‘Game of Thrones’, Says Prime Minister's Brother

"The future terrifies me: I just can't see how our institutions can recover, how our political atmosphere can become less toxic, how our international reputation can be repaired."

Colorized Photos Show Manila in Ruins After the Second World War

"100,000 Filipinos perished, government buildings lay in ruins—and Manila was Pearl of the Orient no more."

For Myanmar’s People, Aung San Suu Kyi’s Government Marks a New Dawn

"Today is the day we have been waiting for so long. People Power."

A Syrian Man Takes Refuge in a Korean Honeymoon Resort Island

Ahmed Lababidi, 22, left the war-ravaged city of Aleppo back in 2012, fleeing across the Turkish border. He followed his younger brother on a journey to South Korea.

About our East Asia coverage

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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