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Stories about Asia

22 June 2017

People Around the World Celebrate International Day of Yoga, an Ancient Indian Tradition

"Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture, are now connecting to India through Yoga. Yoga connects body, mind, and soul."

21 June 2017

Where Did Indians’ Ancient Ancestors Come From? The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate Rages Once More

"The linguistic evidence for the #AryanMigration theory is very strong. [Now there is something] for those that need hard science."

More Than a Year Later, Landslide Victims Scrape By in a Resettlement City in Myanmar

"A year after the resettlement, residents only just received power and still do not have running water. They are left to rely on collecting rainwater and deliveries from aid groups."

20 June 2017

Offshore Asylum Seeker Detainees Win Historic Compensation in Australia

"The majority of the refugees have been seriously damaged physically and mentally and this money is not even enough to cover the medical expenses..."

Photos Capture the Delicate Beauty of Nepal's Butterflies

See their stripes, dots, and colors up close, thanks to these shots by photographer Susheel Shrestha.

19 June 2017

Chinese Cities Are Shaming Jaywalkers With Facial Recognition Software

Global Voices Advocacy

"Public interest is greater than individual interest,"a traffic police researcher argues. But legal experts argue that the measure violates people's privacy.

Thailand’s Junta Leader Wants Citizens to Answer Four Leading Questions About Elections

"If in the future, Thailand experiences another coup d’etat, will it be charged as a crime against the state?" wrote an activist in response.

What Next for US-Australian Relations After Malcolm Turnbull Mocks ‘The Donald'?

Audio of Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull mimicking US President Donald Trump in a stand-up at Canberra's midwinter ball has been leaked by political journalist Laurie Oakes.

Fake News Twists Hong Kong Airline Hostesses’ Refusal to Wear Chinese Name Tags

Chinese media portrayed the refusal as another example of Hong Kong-mainland tension. In reality, it was about privacy.

17 June 2017

Years After Marriage, Indian Women Dare to Say Their Husbands’ Names for the First Time

Community correspondent Rohini Pawar shares how women in Walhe village in Pune district, Maharashtra, are breaking away from patriarchal cultural practices.

Japan's Controversial Anticonspiracy Bill Becomes Law

"It's possible that the law, which is intended to deal with organized crime groups, will expand to affect ordinary citizens."

Hong Kong Activists Urge Restaurants to Remove Shark Fin Soup From Menus

"Just as Hong Kong consumers have a responsibility to stop eating shark fin, restaurant groups like Maxim's also have an equal responsibility to stop selling it."

16 June 2017

Deadly Landslides in Bangladesh Disrupt Road Networks and Create Food and Fuel Crisis

"The landslide took scores of lives. But it does not end there. More lives will be lost...Do you get it? There is no more fuel available in petrol pumps..."

Japanese Traditional Sweets Day Means Twitter Is Full of Mouth-Watering Photos of ‘Wagashi’

Did you know Japan has observed "traditional sweets day" on June 16 for more than a thousand years?

The Disturbing Wedding Trend in China of Groomsmen Sexually Assaulting Bridesmaids

"Bridesmaid is such a high risk role -- sexual harassment, rape and now death."

15 June 2017

Netizen Report: China Has a New Cybersecurity Law

Global Voices Advocacy

Online censorship keeps rising in Egypt, Rouhani’s ICT Minister brags of Internet censorship in Iran and Venezuela tests the boundaries of online anonymity.

Singapore Ad Watchdog Advises LGBT Event to Remove ‘Supporting Freedom to Love’ Tagline

"We cannot see how a tagline calling for inclusion and love can be seen as undermining the concept of family or disrespecting the individual," wrote the Pink Dot organizers.

No Limited Abilities: Meet Georgia's Paralympians

"I feel most proud of the 2017 Tbilisi championships where both olympians and paralympians participated - I managed to get second place."

14 June 2017

Going Postal: Tajikistan Stops DHL, UPS and Pony Express in Their Tracks

"Does this DHL have an owner? Can’t he come to Tajikistan?"

13 June 2017

China Shutters Entertainment News Sites, Citing ‘Socialist Values’ and Cybersecurity

Global Voices Advocacy

Crackdowns on entertainment news outlets indicate that controls are not only directed at the foreign enemy, but at thoughts and activities seen to go against “socialist core values”.

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