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Stories about East Asia

18 September 2019

Popular Twitter thread highlights dozens of examples of Japan's ‘Bubble-era’ PoMo architecture

Every corner of Japan features examples of postmodern architecture.

Five years after an HIV outbreak in a Cambodian commune, villagers feel forgotten

"When the outbreak of this disease happened, there was an increase in both national and international aid for them. But later on, it seems quiet."

17 September 2019

A day in the life of a bamboo shoot harvester in Myanmar

Meet Ko Pho La, a bamboo shoot harvester living in Kyee Bin Village in Irrawaddy Region.

15 September 2019

Filipino community radio stations struggle to survive amid attacks and difficulties

Rising Voices

"If the marginalized are underserved by the mass media establishment, they must be allowed to be their own voice."

12 September 2019

Residents of Japanese region slammed by typhoon fear they are being forgotten

Much of the coverage of Typhoon Faxai has focused only on how people in Tokyo, Japan's nexus of business, government, and media, were affected.

Hong Kong protesters vandalize the city’s subway amid rumours that three protesters are ‘missing’

For over a week, Hong Kong protesters have been vandalizing the city’s subway stations amid rumours that three protesters are missing after clashes with the police.

‘Glory to Hong Kong': The anthem of a protest movement

Tens of thousands of Hongkongers are participating in flash mob performances of the new protest song “Glory to Hong Kong” in the streets and in shopping malls across the city.

9 September 2019

Singapore prime minister sues independent news website for defamation

Advox

The prime minister is suing The Online Citizen over an article that tackled the leader’s public feud with his siblings.

6 September 2019

Netizen Report: Two years after fleeing military attacks in Myanmar, Rohingya refugees face mobile blackout in Bangladesh

Advox

Refugees lose mobile access in Bangladesh, a Hong Kong web forum weathers a DDoS attack, and Turkey expands internet regulations.

Hong Kong Reddit-like LIHKG faces unprecedented DDoS attacks redirected from Chinese Internet companies

Advox

Massive web traffics are redirected through two Chinese companies to pro-democracy web forum LIHKG from all over the world.

5 September 2019

Hong Kong students bring protests back to school

The anti-extradition protests are shaping a more resilient generation of student activists.

4 September 2019

Unified under one font system as Myanmar prepares to migrate from Zawgyi to Unicode

Myanmar hopes to complete its migration from its use of Zawgyi font to the adoption of a unified system of fonts that conform to the international standard called Unicode.

3 September 2019

At a floating village in Cambodia, children drift away from schooling

“Some children can’t catch up with other students and decide to stop and go to work.”

Hong Kong netizens dub protester airport evacuation ‘Hong Kong's Dunkirk’

Protesters were trapped in the airport highway and hundreds of private vehicles came to their rescue. The incident was coined as Hong Kong version of Dunkirk evacuation.

2 September 2019

Hong Kong’s unauthorized protests end with riot police storming subway stations with batons and pepper spray

Violent clashes erupted across Hong Kong after tens of thousands defying police ban and joined the “unauthorized” weekend rally 31 August.

‘Sacrifice by Fire’: The first translation of ‘Holocaust’ into Cambodia's Khmer language

"When there are no more survivors to talk about what happened, we still need to learn and teach and talk about it on their behalf.”

30 August 2019

Hong Kong police conducts massive and unprecedented arrest of leading anti-extradition activists

The Hong Kong government has shifted its crackdown tactics from detaining demonstrators on protest sites to arresting a wider network of pro-democracy activists and leaders.

Alphonse Mucha's surprising influence on Japanese manga, anime and “light novels”

In Japan, manga, anime and even 'light novel' creators all claim early an 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau artist and illustrator as an influence.

29 August 2019

Netizen Report: Critic calls Indonesia’s provincial internet shutdown ‘racist’

Advox

Indonesia's regional internet shutdown continues, YouTube blocks 210 channels over suspected links to China and Tonga threatens to block Facebook.

26 August 2019

Inspired by the 1989 ‘Baltic Way,’ Hong Kong protesters form human chain to demand freedom and democracy

"The light of freedom transcends time, place. Truly magnificent. #StandwithHongKong #BalticWay"