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Stories about East Asia

6 May 2015

Chinese People Seem to Love Uber. Chinese Authorities? Not So Much

Authorities raided Uber offices in China twice in one week as part of a crackdown on unlicensed taxis. Some believe the real reason is to wipe out a foreign competitor.

4 May 2015

Hong Kong Civic Groups Demand Legal Protections Against Mobile App Surveillance

Global Voices Advocacy

Hong Kong pro-democracy advocates fear that police have been monitoring instant messages and chat apps with no government oversight.

3 May 2015

What Does Cleavage Censorship Have to Do With Hong Kong's Electoral Policy?

Many believe that both the $2-million censorship of cleavages and the government's proposal are expensive, unnecessary, not genuine and submissive to Beijing's political will.

New to America, This Young Vietnamese Refugee Wanted to ‘Erase’ His Past

A brother and sister remember their abrupt start to a new life in America after they fled collapsing South Vietnam. It's one story among the many collected by StoryCorps.

28 April 2015

Authorities Said a Protester Assaulted Hong Kong Police. Witness Video Showed Otherwise

The couple went out of their way to help 17-year-old Ho Pak-Hei, who was acquitted. Ordinary heroes like them are stepping up with proof that pro-democracy protesters were falsely accused.

27 April 2015

Southeast Asian Activists Unite in ‘People’s Walk’ Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Summit

More than 1,000 activists and leaders from various civil society organizations across Southeast Asia declared their position on human rights and growing economic inequality.

26 April 2015

Social Media Becomes a Lifeline in the Nepal Earthquake Aftermath

A spontaneous global social network is now building data collection to provide key support to people back in Nepal and are calling for action.

24 April 2015

Japanese University Turns a Blind Eye to the Plight of Campus Cats

Professor Charles Januzzi has worked for nearly 25 years to care and control the population of a stray cat colony on campus, but University of Fukui now says no more.

Hong Kong Politician Wants More Headlines About Filipina Maids Seducing Their Bosses

The Philippine Consulate General responded, saying "discrimination should have no place in any society, most especially Hong Kong." Migrant domestic workers protested outside Regina Ip's office.

23 April 2015

In Taiwan and on Facebook, the Nipple is Not Yet Free

Global Voices Advocacy

"Before we label it as "indecent" and "obscene", a body is just a body, a part of the human self." Taiwanese women speak up for the #FreeTheNipple campaign.

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