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· August, 2017

Stories about East Asia from August, 2017

12 August 2017

Thailand's Broadcasting Authority Suspends TV Network That Called Junta Leader a Dictator

"The order punishes the entire station including all programs regardless of content, and all personnel regardless of role."

11 August 2017

Record-Breaking Action Movie ‘Wolf Warriors 2′ Takes Chinese Nationalism to a New Level

"This movie is horrible and unreasonable, a dream of idiotic patriotism."

8 August 2017

In Highly Criticized Stunt, Chinese Reporter Drinks River Water to Prove It's Clean

"This reporter can definitely advance in his career. Come, there is a position in the Environmental Bureau. Come take the position."

‘Troll-in-Chief'? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Admits Hiring Online Defenders During 2016 Election

Advox

The study found out that $200,000 were spent to fund the pro-Duterte troll army composed of 400 to 500 individuals.

What's Behind the Success of Satirical Media in Hong Kong?

"The reason why Most100’s parodies are so popular is related to the reality that people cannot change society and so they can only take pleasure in satires."

7 August 2017

Despite Pressure From China, Taiwan Finds Ways to Participate on the World Stage

"‘The world’ is not the world outside the window. ‘The world’ is the water in a fish tank, and we are all fish in this tank."

6 August 2017

Japanese Politician Pressures School Principal About the Use of History Textbook that Explains the ‘Comfort Women’ Issue

‘Why was this textbook selected?’ trended on Twitter after a Japanese politician questioned the selection of a school textbook referencing the ‘comfort women’ issue.

Jailed for Journalism: A Profile of Detained Reporters in Myanmar

Advox

Since June 2017, five members of the media have been detained by the government.

Thai Journalist and Two Other Critics of Military-Led Government Face Sedition Charges Over Facebook Posts

Advox

"I will continue to criticize the illegitimate military regime until they take away my smartphone."

4 August 2017

Five Days After His Essay Went Viral, Chinese Author Apologizes for ‘Imprecise’ Writing on Beijing's Economic Boom

Advox

Zhang's viral essay commented on Beijing's rapid economic and architectural development and rising economic inequality.

3 August 2017

‘Despacito’ Deemed Too Racy by Malaysia’s State Media Networks

"For the record, the song annoys the crap out of me. But censorship does nothing to help a country progress"

Japan Reacts With Alarm to Venomous Fire Ant Invasion

Fire ants have never been observed in Japan before.