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Stories about East Asia

19 April 2015

Head to the US-Mexico Border and Find a Chinese Food Scene Like None Other

Avocado in fried rice and Mexican-style beef with asparagus are just some of the dishes you’ll find. And their backstory dates back more than 130 years.

18 April 2015

US Ambassador Kennedy Visits Hiroshima Acknowledging Legacy of Atomic Destruction

US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy visited Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Museum and laid a wreath at the cenotaph for A-bomb victims - unprecedented for a US ambassador.

17 April 2015

Finding Christianity in Japan, Where Believers Are a Small Minority

"The doctrine teaches me to how to live life as a human and it all sounds very decent to me. I am inclined to listen to it."

China Jails Prominent Journalist Gao Yu for Leaking ‘State Secrets’

She was sentenced to seven years in prison. Observers believe the "state secrets" refer to a Chinese Communist Party directive that lists "seven speak-nots" for university professors, including press freedom.

16 April 2015

New Internet Rules in China Target Usernames, Avatars as Subversive Tools

Global Voices Advocacy

More than 67,000 user accounts have been deleted due to a new rule that prohibits screen names and profile pictures that threaten national security, destroy ethnic unity, or defame others.

A Filipina Woman Shares How She Ended Up on Indonesia's Death Row for Drug Trafficking

"We believe that Mary Jane was a victim of large drug syndicates who take advantage of the unawareness, vulnerability and desperation of our people."

Cartoon Mascots in China Make Social Policing Cute

The mascots model “civil” behavior” and spread new norms about acceptable public behavior, specifically targeting newly urbanized migrants learning to share urban public spaces for the first time.

14 April 2015

China Finally Releases Five Detained Feminist Activists

But they are not free yet. The five will be under police surveillance for a year.

12 April 2015

An Aggressive Turn in Chinese Censorship Practices: ‘The Great Cannon’

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is likely that this attack, with its potential for political backlash, would require the approval of high-level authorities within the Chinese government."