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Stories about Asia

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.

Bangladeshi brides will no longer be questioned about their virginity for marriage certificates

The verdict came after a five-year-long legal battle and has been hailed a landmark victory for the equal rights campaigners.

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

Millions in India's north-eastern Assam state at risk of losing citizenship

Approximately 1.9 million people are in the risk of becoming stateless in the northeastern Indian state of Assam after they were excluded from the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC).

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

Bangladesh cuts access to mobile phone services for the Rohingya

Advox

The Bangladeshi government has ordered telecommunications companies to block cell phone access at Rohingya camps, on the pretext of protecting ‘national security.’

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

Decolonising and demystifying Central Asian literature through translation

"Central Asian literature is still exotic; people appreciate its rareness more than its literary merits. I want readers to move away from thinking 'how unusual!' to thinking 'how beautiful!'"

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

Kazakhstan pauses interception of encrypted traffic, but for how long?

Advox

This was the authorities’ third attempt to enforce the use of a “national security certificate.” Although the authorities have relented, there are signs that it won’t be the last.

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

Winning a literary award won't set you free: An interview with author and asylum-seeker Behrooz Boochani

Australia's detention camps whistleblower describes conditions as hellish

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"

25 August 2019

Indonesia sends in troops and cuts internet as West Papua protesters denounce racist treatment of students

"Blocking and restricting access to the internet in Papua and West Papua will make it harder for people living outside of the two provinces to verify facts."

‘White terror’ at Cathay Pacific: Flight attendant union head fired for supporting Hong Kong protests on social media

"This is not just about me. This is about the whole industry. This is about Hong Kong. When will this white terror end?"

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