Stories about East Asia from March, 2017
Chinese Scientists Speak Out Against the Great Firewall (Again)
'...it takes at least 10-20 second to access a page. Sometimes it takes more than half an hour to access some university websites…'
In China's Shadow: Will Taiwanese Universities Sell Out Academic Freedom?
A combination of political and economic pressures at local universities are laying the ground for an unsettling compromise.
Malaysian Aid for Rohingya Refugees Reaches Bangladesh and Myanmar, But How Much Can it Do?
The food flotilla carrying about 2,300 tons of food and other essentials was manned by 195 volunteers from 12 countries.
Nyango Star, the Apple-Shaped Mascot Who Drums for Japan's Tohoku Region
"Anytime Nyango Star makes a public appearance it is to help Tohoku recover. The mascot isn't drumming for its personal gain but for its beloved home."
Frustrated by US Anti-Ballistic Missile System, China Punishes Korean Retailer Lotte
"Which is more destructive, South Korea's THAAD or North Korea's nuclear bomb? North Korea has VX nerve agent and nuclear bombs, aren't these more threatening?"
Japanese Media Reports of Sagamihara Care Home Stabbings Overlook the Disabled Victims
Media reports have also placed great emphasis on finding a deeper motive behind the stabbings, in spite of the perpetrator's assertion that "....It is better that disabled people disappear.”
Japan Tries to Get Workers to Duck Out Early—With Poor Results
When the Japanese government launched Premium Friday the goal was to allow workers to quit work early, and then go out and shop. But it hasn't worked out that way.
These Light-Art Installations in Singapore’s Marina Bay Also Promote Energy Conservation
Look how some of Singapore's most iconic buildings become even more stunning during the “Light Festival,” where art installations from nine different countries are displayed at the Marina Bay waterfront.
Japanese Art Lovers, New York's Metropolitan Museum Has 300,000 Gifts for You
Anyone can use the artwork for any purpose, as long as they credit the original donors of the artwork, as well as the Met itself.
Hong Kong's Worker News Wins Award for Series Debunking Myths About Refugees
"In recent years, Hong Kong society has developed very strong prejudice against people coming from other countries."
Philippines Offers Media Credentials to Bloggers — But Some Suspect State is Trying to Control Online Content
"when analyzed [in accordance with the guidelines]....it becomes clear that contrary views are unacceptable lest they be misinterpreted as provocative."
Netizen Report: Social Media Users Arrested for Political Speech in Myanmar, Palestine, Turkey
Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.
Red Paint, Stalking and Cyberattacks: Pro-Beijing Newspaper Condemns Escalated Violence
These threats have led to speculation that Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing camp is fragmented and that Chinese President Xi Jinping is prepared to eradicate a powerful sector within the Communist Party.
Malaysian Court Convicts Activist for Screening Human Rights Documentary
"Screening, sharing, watching and making films is not a crime."