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Stories about Asia

In another blow for Japan's Summer Games, male chauvinist “Olympig” is forced to resign

Yet another setback for the 2020 Olympic games, already postponed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and plagued with gaffes.

Digital resources are the key to saving the ‘definitely endangered’ Nepalbhasa language

Community efforts recently led to the launch of an online dictionary containing close to 30,000 entries, making it the largest repository of linguistic data for the Nepalbhasa language to date.

‘Aurat March’ organizers face intimidation and threats of prosecution in Pakistan

The organizers of this year's Aurat March (Women's March) in Pakistan faced disinformation campaigns, threats from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and were even accused of blasphemy.

Artists ‘raise three fingers’ in support of Myanmar protesters

"When we see somebody, and we raise three fingers, we know the movement is still alive. There is still hope."

Can the Eurovision Song Contest change Russia's views on migrants from Central Asia?

Russia has nominated Tajik-Russian singer Manizha as its representative for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. But many Russians reject her as the chosen face of their country at the international...

Beijing has rewritten Hong Kong's electoral rules. What will change?

It's a total overhaul of Hong Kong's representative democracy.

LIVE on April 7: The other health crisis—breaking the taboo on abortion

Unsafe abortions result in 30,000 deaths each year. Join us to hear women from Uganda, Thailand, Brazil, Pakistan and Poland talk about the reproductive rights situation in their countries.

The price of dissent: Women and political activism in Vietnam

Women "should think that our fight is not only against dictatorship ... It is also a fight to free ourselves from our own ideological constraints, from the prejudice that we...

How Hong Kong lost its academic freedom in 2020

Since the enactment of the national security law, professors have had contracts terminated, student protests were repressed, and a new curriculum will be implemented in all schools starting September 2021.

Using tablets, activist gets 900 girls and women educated in rural Afghanistan

"Afghan women are the future of this war-torn country."

Timeline of the second month of military coup and terror in Myanmar

Images and videos of the brutality unleashed by Myanmar's military are widely shared on social media. Despite the terror tactics, pro-democracy forces are fighting back.

Cancellation of conference on 50th anniversary of the Bangladesh War of Liberation sparks criticism

The organisers gave no reason for the cancellation, but some see it as a worrying sign of the erosion of intellectual freedom.

Pakistan bans TikTok for the second time

TikTok was blocked in Pakistan for 10 days in October 2020. Access was restored after the app's parent company ByteDance assured authorities it would bolster moderation.

Chinese patriotic YouTuber apologizes after criticizing propaganda and corruption

"In our village, the forest land has not been distributed. It is so full of corruption!"

After pineapple ban, Taiwan calls Beijing’s new agricultural investment offer ‘an old trick’

Weeks after the pineapple ban, China offered incentives to Taiwanese agriculture and forestry sector to invest in rural tourism and plant high-end commercial crops in China.

Malaysia’s ‘fake news’ ordinance takes effect amid continuing concern over the COVID-19 state of emergency

"This ordinance strengthens the perception that the state of emergency we are currently in is a smokescreen to curb any form of criticism towards the government of the day."

Biru Terong Initiative: Using the power of video for social change in Indonesia

"We use video to capture the social-economic reality of marginalised groups of society and use that footage to stimulate dialogue and learning."

The toxic masculinity of Georgia’s gangster prince

The sexist tropes parroted by Bera Ivanishvili tell us a lot about how gender and power operate in Georgia, and the incompatibility of celebrity with the real-world power of a...

Armenia's PM calls for early elections in June in bid to de-escalate crisis

The president has faced increasing calls to resign since November when he signed a peace deal ending the six-week war over Nagorno-Karabakh, which many Armenians say disproportionally favored Azerbaijan.

Protests erupt in Bangladesh after writer arrested under the Digital Security Act dies in prison

Ahmed was arrested after he criticized the government's pandemic response on social media. He was charged with "tarnishing the image of the nation" and "creating hostility" -- all offenses under the...

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