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Stories about Asia

11 February 2020

Public outcry over Wuhan coronavirus leads to blame game in China

Despite Beijing's claims, the central government bears significant responsibility for the mismanagement of crucial information in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak.

10 February 2020

What do we know about the ‘Great Firewall of India’?

Advox

After a six-month-long internet shutdown, access to only 301 white-listed websites has been granted in Jammu and Kashmir, whereas social media, VPNs and many other sites remain banned.

9 February 2020

Controversy in Malaysia: Do Facebook posts about the coronavirus amount to ‘circulating rumors’?

Advox

"...while I agree some restrictions are necessary in times of crisis, dragging someone under the Penal Code is unjustified. Restrictions need not be through punitive measures in this case."

Australians capture the devastating impact of ‘black summer’ fires on photos

Australian volunteer firefighter: “I go home and hug my kids tight. But they don't know why.”

No justice in Nepal as politician accused of murder gets elected speaker of parliament

A man accused of murder, Agni Sapkota, replaces a rape-accused as house speaker in Nepal, exacerbating the already dire prospects for justice by fostering a culture of impunity.

8 February 2020

‘L Japan’: Kobe couple vlogs about lesbian life

Get an introduction to Japanese lesbian slang and more on this YouTube channel by Kobe residents Miho and Clare.

7 February 2020

Coronavirus death of whistleblower Li Wenliang sets Chinese social media on fire

The manipulation around his death became obvious. Li Wenliang became an icon as people have come to see his life and death as a reflection of their own fate.

The battle of numbers in the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

Several medical and academic institutions have run models on the Wuhan coronavirus, and all conclude the real figures - of infected and killed victims - are much higher than the...

6 February 2020

What happened during the deadly land dispute clash in Dong Tam, Vietnam?

For years residents resisted relinquishing their land for the construction of a military airport. Tensions peaked this year after two civilians and three officers were killed during a police raid.

Bengali, Pakistani, and Amazon indigenous women perform ‘The rapist is you’ song

The flashmob by Chilean collective Las Tesis is still making waves around the world.

Chen Qiushi: A citizen journalist on the frontline of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

Chen risks his life by reporting from the center of the epidemic outbreak in Wuhan. He vowed to stand with Wuhan people by bearing witness to the situation inside the...

3 February 2020

The world of satire in Myanmar's comical profiles Facebook group

Facebook's community standards encourage users to use real identities on its platform, but a popular trend in Myanmar is likely baffling the social networking site.

7 reasons Hongkongers are angry about the government response to the coronavirus

The spread of the virus has caused panic around the city, with residents stockpiling surgical masks and food.

2 February 2020

Pakistani human rights activist who challenged military is arrested

Advox

Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen, a young a human rights activist from South Waziristan, Pakistan, has been arrested for alleged conspiracy and sedition.

1 February 2020

Pakistani students under lockdown in Wuhan are appealing for assistance

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, nearly 500 Pakistani students studying in China's Hubei province are under lockdown; their government has not yet decided to bring them back home.

‘Mario Kart’ cosplay company crashes and burns after appealing Nintendo ruling

Patrons were encouraged to dress up in costumes provided by Maricart as characters from Nintendo's popular 'Mario Kart' series and 'race' around the city, but those days are over.

Chinese patriots retaliate online after Danish outlet spoofs Chinese ‘virus flag’

To China's dismay, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen commented on the incident by defending the country’s tradition of free speech.

31 January 2020

Hope for dying Nepali language wanes as one of the last fluent speakers passes away at 85

Gyani Maiya was one of two fluent speakers of Kusunda. With her passing, the language has suffered an irreparable loss.

In Kerala, millions form human chain to protest India's ‘anti-muslim’ citizenship laws

The crowd included politicians, cultural activists, religious leaders, artists and concerned citizens.

30 January 2020

How Zimbabwe's biometric ID scheme — and China’s AI aspirations — threw a wrench in elections

Advox

Some citizens were told that if they didn't register and submit their biometrics, they might be barred from voting.