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Stories about East Asia

27 February 2015

Renowned Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Still Detained After 10 Months

Global Voices Advocacy

A human rights lawyer who has defended clients ranging from Ai Weiwei to communist party officials, Pu Zhiqiang is now facing criminal charges over his postings on Weibo.

Whoever Said Japanese Students’ Indoor Shoes Had to Be Boring?

Parents and children alike are personalizing students' "uwabaki", or indoor shoes. Students, teachers, and visitors are all required to remove their street shoes before entering the school.

26 February 2015

How Did Palm Oil Become Such a Problem—and What Can We Do About It?

Production of palm oil is devastating for the environment. Solutions are complex, but they exist.

24 February 2015

Read First-Hand Accounts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings, Translated to English

August 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

23 February 2015

Arrival of Yellow Dust Marks Start of Spring Headaches for Japan

Fukuoka in Japan is experiencing its first "yellow dust" day of the season, three months early.

22 February 2015

Can #Panzagar ‘Flower Speech’ Facebook Stickers End Hate Speech in Myanmar?

Facebook has added new stickers called 'Speak Panzagar' in support of the 'Flower Speech' movement to combat hate speech in Myanmar.

21 February 2015

Abused Indonesian Maid Urges Fellow Migrant Workers in Hong Kong Not To Suffer in Silence

The former employer of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih was found guilty on February 8 of horrifically abusing her. Before the trial, Sulistyaningsih spoke about her experience as a foreign domestic worker.

20 February 2015

Video Project Documents the Life and Struggles of West Papuans

Rising Voices

"They are the stories behind the conflict: the struggles for education, the environment, equality, and dignity."

19 February 2015

Take a Stroll Through the Backstreets of Japan

One Japanese YouTube user, satobo3104, has joined the Slow TV movement and uploaded hundreds of videos documenting walks through old neighbourhoods all over Japan.

Japan Seizes Syria-Bound Photographer's Passport Amid ISIS Fears

This follows the brutal murder of two Japanese nationals by ISIS in January. There is now a vague sense in Japan that some places that are not acceptable for travel.

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