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· May, 2016

Stories about East Asia from May, 2016

15 May 2016

Taking Back Japan, One History Textbook at a Time?

The Bridge

By pushing for the omission of certain ideas from history textbooks, the current Japanese administration is promoting a revisionist view of the country's past. Will they succeed?

13 May 2016

Five Things to Know About the Millions of Dead Fish Washing Up on Vietnam's Central Coast

"Clearly they don’t look at us as people, but animals. They want us to die with the fish."

Indonesians Light Candles and Seek Justice for Murdered Teenage Rape Victim

"We're all saddened by the tragic loss of Yuyun. Perpetrators must be arrested and receive maximum punishment. Women and children must be protected from violence."

Striking Google Satellite Photos Show Landslide Damage in Japan After Earthquakes

At least 49 people died in collapsed buildings and landslides, and tens of thousands more were evacuated as the result of frequent and violent aftershocks.

12 May 2016

Twitter Provides a Treasure Trove of Photos of China and Japan During World War II

Two Twitter accounts provide a much-needed look back at World War II in China and the rest of Asia.

These Images Illustrate How Litter Is Destroying Myanmar's Famous Landmarks

"If you set an example by by being careful with where you throw away your trash, we can raise the standards of our country."

Were Authorities Really Tricked Into Hosting a Cultural Revolution Throwback Concert? Chinese Are Skeptical.

"It is impossible for 56 Flowers to perform at the Great Hall of the People without prior approval from central authorities..."

10 May 2016

Not Only Patients Suffer in China's Broken Healthcare System—Medical Professionals Do Too

A former patient stabbed a retired doctor to death in Guangzhou. Medical professionals are too often the target of violence from Chinese frustrated with the healthcare sector.

9 May 2016

Animals Can't Escape Cambodia's Worst Drought in 50 Years, Either

Water shortages have been declared in 18 of Cambodian's 25 provinces, and more than 2.5 million Cambodians in 100 districts are affected by the drought.

7 May 2016

Timor Leste's Prime Minister Isn't Backing Down on His Defamation Lawsuit Against Two Journalists

"This defamation complaint threatens to significantly undermine press freedom in Timor Leste by engendering a culture of fear and intimidation among journalists who report on issues of national import."

Meet Japan's Biggest YouTube Star

Who is one of the most popular YouTube stars you have never heard of? Here's a hint: he lives in Japan.

6 May 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Defenders

This week, we take you to Cambodia, Syria, Tajikistan, The Gambia and Colombia.

For Fascinating Photos of 20th-Century Japan, Look to 21st-Century Twitter

A Japanese Twitter account serves up an amazing selection of nostalgic photographs of Japan taken throughout the 20th century.

5 May 2016

How El Niño Is Affecting the Upland Areas of Myanmar

"The lake near our village dried up two months ago. Last year, we were able to use water from there until March."

4 May 2016

A Student's Death Exposes the Chaos of China's Medical System, Exacerbated by Baidu Search Engine

Wei, a 21-year-old college student in Shaanxi’s Xi’an, had for years suffered from synovial sarcoma and both chemotherapy and surgery had failed.

3 May 2016

Hundreds of Chinese Schoolchildren Have Been Poisoned, But Their Affluent Families Aren’t Winning Them Much Sympathy

There's a public safety crisis in Changzhou, where hundreds of schoolchildren fell ill after exposure to toxic compounds. Unfortunately for the ailing kids, their families are rich and widely disliked.

2 May 2016

It’s Open Season on Online Hate Speech in Myanmar

Advox

A group of peace advocates launched a page on Facebook dedicated to addressing the rising number of hate-speech cases in Myanmar. Meet the “No-Hate Speech Project.”

‘Not One More’ Network Calls for Protection of Grassroots Environmentalists in Cambodia

"Protecting our environment is the most important job anyone could take on, it shouldn’t be one of the most dangerous."