Stories about East Asia from February, 2016
"...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."
"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."
Bill Wurtz's compelling video history of Japan has gone viral, collecting millions of views in just over one week.
"The underlying threat to this message is: If you do not comply, we will cut economic ties or otherwise make it difficult for you."
"The New Year's gala this year is awful, I feel like I’ve just watched a daily news broadcast but in gala form."
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."
"So concrete, transparent and efficient."
"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."
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".
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."
"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."
"100,000 Filipinos perished, government buildings lay in ruins—and Manila was Pearl of the Orient no more."
"Today is the day we have been waiting for so long. People Power."
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.