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Stories about Asia

3 May 2016

Kazakhstan's Defence Ministry Shows How the Country's Women in Arms Have Changed Through the Ages

From sword-wielding nomads through commandos toting automatic rifles, women have played their part in defending the country's borders.

Hundreds of Chinese Schoolchildren Have Been Poisoned, But Their Affluent Families Aren’t Winning Them Much Sympathy

There's a public safety crisis in Changzhou, where hundreds of schoolchildren fell ill after exposure to toxic compounds. Unfortunately for the ailing kids, their families are rich and widely disliked.

2 May 2016

A Visual Journey Into the Floating Guava Markets of Bangladesh

Photographer Md. Moyazzem Mostakim captured dozens of wonderful scenes at the floating market. Global Voices highlights some of his best photographs.

It’s Open Season on Online Hate Speech in Myanmar

Global Voices Advocacy

A group of peace advocates launched a page on Facebook dedicated to addressing the rising number of hate-speech cases in Myanmar. Meet the “No-Hate Speech Project.”

‘Not One More’ Network Calls for Protection of Grassroots Environmentalists in Cambodia

"Protecting our environment is the most important job anyone could take on, it shouldn’t be one of the most dangerous."

1 May 2016

Tajikistan's Prostitutes Are Punch Bags for the Government

"The aim of these lessons is preventing the spread of prostitution among women and ensuring their moral education."

The Soviet Union's Psychedelic Side: Five Animations to Blow Your Mind

Featuring 'Hedgehog in the Fog', 'Wow! A Talking Fish!' and other mood-altering classics....

30 April 2016

Portraits From Nepal: Survivors Struggle to Rebuild a Year After the Deadly Quake

The devastating quake hit on April 25, 2015, killing almost 9,000 people and leaving many thousands homeless.

29 April 2016

Tackling Child Marriage in India, One Wedding Tent at a Time

"How can we call ourselves progressive where such evil custom of society thrives."

28 April 2016

Russia's Vilest Website Grows a Heart

RuNet Echo

One of the vilest, most mean-spirited corners of the Russian Internet is now behind one of the sweetest, most compassionate flashmobs in RuNet history.

Five Years Ago, a Tsunami Devastated Japan. Now a Filmmaker Looks Back.

The Canadian filmmaker Estelle Herbert has produced a one-hour documentary about one village's struggle to revive after a massive tsunami devastated much of Japan on March 11, 2011.

27 April 2016

Eight Challenges Indian-Language Wikipedias Need to Overcome

The Bridge

While native-language Wikipedias are becoming game-changers in other parts of the world, India, in spite of having numerous languages, lags way behind. Here are a few of the reasons why.

Chinese Big Brother Is Watching You, Even in Australia

"We are concerned that Mr Wu is becoming a victim of the Chinese government’s increasingly intrusive attempts to curb voices of dissent among overseas Chinese."

Your Skin Is Gonna Hate Japan's Yellow Sand

Every year Japan marks the start of spring with the arrival of 'Yellow Sand' from the Asian mainland. The sand hampers visibility and can cause illness and skin problems.

Here's a Map That Shows You What the Japanese Really Think of Europe

According to Japanese stereotypes, which country in Europe has the most luxurious prisons? And which country in Europe is full of stupid people? And why can't Latvians eat potatoes?

European Union Slams China Over Missing Hong Kong Booksellers

"The case involves a serious violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms and raises grave concerns about the rule of law under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle..."

26 April 2016

Xulhaz Mannan, an LGBT Activist in Bangladesh, Is the Latest Victim in a String of Brutal Killings

Global Voices Advocacy

Since 2005, at least 23 bloggers and activists have been killed and scores of others attacked or threatened with death for their progressive and secular views.

After Weeks of Scorching Heat, Myanmar Is Hit by the Worst Hailstorm in 50 Years

Strong winds struck Mandalay, Sagaing, and the states of Shan and Chin, while hailstones as big as golf balls rained down on these regions.

25 April 2016

A University Professor Is Hacked to Death, Another Victim of Deadly Intolerance in Bangladesh

Global Voices Advocacy

Rezaul Karim Siddique joins a long list of intellectuals, bloggers and foreigners who have lost their lives in similar killings purportedly carried out by Islamist militants.

Japan Gets Ready to Plant Rice During ‘Golden Week’

"Flooding the fields before planting really makes this a representative scene of Japan. The call of the Japanese nightingale echoes throughout the valley. I am entranced by the scene."

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