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Stories about Asia

9 October 2015

The Dark Side of Hydropower in Bhutan

Bhutan depends heavily on its hydroelectric industry, but some bloggers worry that the country may be getting carried away with this industry.

Help! I Can't Communicate With My Mandarin-Speaking Grandpa

The Bridge

US-born Yowei Shaw speaks virtually no Mandarin. Her Taiwanese grandfather speaks virtually no English. She's determined to have proper conversations with Yeye— before it's too late.

7 October 2015

Chinese Women Spend Their Holiday Protesting Botched Cosmetic Surgery in South Korea

The majority of Chinese netizens weren't sympathetic to the women's protest. "Why have people in this land become so vain?" one commenter wrote.

6 October 2015

Solar Power Is Booming in India, But Will It Reach Those Who Need It Most?

As renewable energy ramps up, entrepreneurs work to bring its benefits to the 300 million citizens who lack electricity.

5 October 2015

Portrait of Nobel Literary Prize Winner Pablo Neruda Sparks Debate About Rape Culture in Chile

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda included an account of a rape in his memoir. Now, an artist reimagines the author's memoir with a new title, "I Confess That I Have Raped."

Musicians Protest Over Hong Kong Metro's ‘Tone Deaf’ Enforcement of Luggage Rules

"Hong Kong people should protect children’s right to learn music. In the past it was allowed to carry musical instruments into stations. Why not now?"

4 October 2015

#StopLumadKillings Campaign Demands Protection for Anti-Mining Tribes in Southern Philippines

"They are the bearers of our unique artistic traditions. Their murder is the murder of our peoples’ soul."

Why Young North Koreans Are Daring to Wear Skinny Jeans

Danbi is part of a generation of North Korean millennials who don't look to the country's leadership to provide for them in the same way their parents did.

Where Will China's Anti-Graft Campaign Go?

The Chinese government's anti-graft campaign, aimed at weeding out corrupt government officials, has been criticized for hindering economic growth and seen as an excuse to crack down on political opponents.

3 October 2015

Kyrgyzstan's Youth ‘Against All’ on the Eve of Elections

As noisy electoral campaigns draw to a close many young Kyrgyzstanis have no interest in the October 4 parliamentary vote in their country.

2 October 2015

Thai Netizens Stage ‘Virtual Sit-in’ Against Single Internet Gateway Plan

Global Voices Advocacy

"The single benefit is to the government and security agencies. They will be able to secretly wiretap, filter, and censor everything that is sent and received by every Internet user."

Man's Beating Death Casts Harsh Light on India's Beef Politics

"Some get rich by exporting #beef, some die for consuming it? What warped & perverse nationalism is this ban fanning?"

A Quake-Ravaged Nation Now Faces Indian Blockade. Welcome to Nepal.

Officials in Nepal have accused India of imposing an “unofficial economic blockade,” as it is preventing Indian trucks carrying supplies from entering Nepal near the Madhes border zone.

1 October 2015

Property Tycoon Angers Ideologues by Saying China's Communism Has a Long Way to Go

"We’ve been deceived for years. The Cultural Revolution only let me know the class struggle under a proletarian dictatorship. And that there is no next generation of communism."

30 September 2015

Malware Outbreak in App Store Alerts Tech Companies to Security Risks of China's Great Firewall

Global Voices Advocacy

XcodeGhost has infected thousands of iOS apps and potentially affected hundreds of millions of users as WeChat was also inserted with the malware.

29 September 2015

Kazakhstani Textbooks Send Local Patriots and Ukraine into a Tantrum (Clue: It's About Crimea)

"People are working for the promotion of Putin's "Russian World" into the minds of Kazakh children. In my opinion, this is ideological sabotage."

Six Ways Pro-Government Forces Went After Hong Kong's Occupy Movement

Global Voices Advocacy

"The [Occupy Central] movement suggests that both the Internet and Hong Kong are at a crossroads, that both cannot take its freedoms for granted," writes Lokman Tsui.

27 September 2015

China's State-Owned Enterprise Reform Is Missing the Point, Economists Argue

China is launching a reform of its state-owned enterprises, but economists argue the plan is too conservative and won't help address the issues of pervasive corruption and market dominance.

Consumers and Activists Take Action in Singapore to Stop Haze Pollution

"As consumers, we can contribute towards our collective fight against haze pollution by making informed and responsible purchases."

26 September 2015

Maternal Infanticides, Attempted Suicides Highlight Heavy Burden on Tajik Women

'All this happens because there is no social protection for the population. There is an agency to carry out this function, but it is completely useless.'

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