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China: No More Cantonese Mother Tongue on Guangdong TV News

Despite the strong public sentiment against the language policy that marginalizes the Cantonese mother tongue in Guangdong province, Guangdong TV quietly replaced Cantonese news broadcast with Putonghua. How do people from Guangdong react to the change? See Charles Liu's translation from Nanfang.com.

Chinese Women Protest Against the World Cup

12 women staged an anti-World Cup protest on 7 of July in Shanghai. Photo from Weibo via Offbeat China.

12 women staged an anti-World Cup protest on 7 of July in Shanghai. Photo from Weibo via Offbeat China.

Offbeat China explained why women are so angry and how the World Cup has destroyed relationships in China.

They are primarily pissed about two things: 1) their partners neglecting family responsibilities due to late-night game watching; 2) reckless gambling on games.

Sparrows in China Died From Eating Too Much Rice? Chinese Netizens Are Skeptical

A large number of sparrows died after eating rice spilled on the ground from a shipment at a dock in Yichang city, Sichuan province. A local food security expert said that the sparrows probably just ate too much and burst. Fauna from ChinaSMACK translated the news as well as Chinese netizens’ responses.

Hackers Mock Internet Speed in Myanmar by Replacing Logo of IT Ministry with Turtles

The website of Myanmar's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology was hacked on Friday morning, July 4, 2014. The hackers replaced two government seals with turtles alluding to the country's slow internet connection. The hacking also coincided with the Facebook blocking which many people believe was done by the government to prevent the spread of hate speech after violent riots erupted in the city of Mandalay.

The government was able to fix the website in the afternoon.

Screenshot of the hacked website of Myanmar's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Photo from The Irrawaddy

Screenshot of the hacked website of Myanmar's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Photo from The Irrawaddy

Vietnam Says China Oil Rig in Disputed Waters Violated International Laws

Nguyen Thi Lan Anh of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam explains why China made an error in moving an oil rig in the contested waters between China and Vietnam.

China’s act of locating its oil rig in contested waters in the Paracels is more than a dispute over sovereignty. It is also a dispute about international law of the sea.

The issue has ignited a strong anti-China sentiment and even street protests in Vietnam.

Vietnamese in Hong Kong gather to advocate peace and demand the removal of China oil rig from disputed waters in the South China Sea. Photo by Pete Walker, Copyright @Demotix (6/4/2014)

Vietnamese in Hong Kong gather to advocate peace and demand the removal of China oil rig from disputed waters in the South China Sea. Photo by Pete Walker, Copyright @Demotix (6/4/2014)

Indonesians Light a Thousand Candles for Peace in Palestine

Scores of Indonesians gather in central Jakarta, the country's capital, to light 1,000 candles in protest to the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza Strip. Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation.

Indonesians pray for the  Palestinians who were killed in the airstrikes launched by Israel. Photo by Abdullah Arief Siregar. Copyright @Demotix (7/11/2014)

Indonesians pray for the Palestinians who were killed in the airstrikes launched by Israel. Photo by Abdullah Arief Siregar. Copyright @Demotix (7/11/2014)

Embarrassing Encounters With Foreigners Who Understand Chinese

Charles Liu from Nanfang.com translated a local newspaper's collection of Chinese people's embarrassing stories of speaking behind the back of foreigners who understand Chinese.

US and China's Strategic and Economic Dialogue

China File invited economist William Adams and Political Economy Professor from Peking University, Zha Daojiong, to comment on the upcoming high-level bilateral diplomatic exchange known as the Strategic and Economic Dialogue between the U.S. and China.

The Victims of China’s Soil Pollution Crisis

A very in-depth investigation published by ChinaFile on the problem of soil pollution in China.

Sexual Abuse of Children in Tourism in Southeast Asia

The Project Childhood Prevention Pillar, an initiative of the Australian government, has released a study about the prevalence of sexual abuse of children in the Southeast Asian region. It cited social factors such as “poverty and marginalisation, as well as lack of family support, education, opportunity, and protective factors” for the continuing harm done to children. It also identified how travel and tourism “comprised another risk factor contributing to children’s vulnerability.” The study covered Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.

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