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Stories about East Asia

10 December 2014

Southeast Asia's Tigers Are in Desperate Need of Saving

Forest loss and poaching have led to the decline in the number of wild tigers. Organizations are fighting to bring them back from the brink.

9 December 2014

Why Going Viral Was a Source of Fear for One Hong Kong Citizen Journalist

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Hung Lai Fong published an article under her real name about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, and when it became widely read, she began to fear retaliation from China.

8 December 2014

How Social Media Helped an Independent Candidate Beat the Odds in Taiwan's Elections

Ko Wen-je won the race for mayor in Taiwan's capital city by a landslide. The island's political culture favors a two-party system, but Ko says social media helped him win.

7 December 2014

Lawmakers Watching Porn, Playing Games, and Sleeping on the Job Is a Thing in Southeast Asia

Several politicians across Southeast Asia have been caught watching porn, sleeping, and playing a game on Ipad during Parliament or Congress sessions.

6 December 2014

Spending Christmas Eve Alone? Japanese Has a Word for That

"At work a bunch of the junior staff were discussing their kuribotchi plans. 'And just what the heck is kuribotchi?' I asked with a laugh. There was an awkward silence."

5 December 2014

Why ‘Maternity Harassment’ Was a Top Japanese Buzzword in 2014

Even as the status of women has slowly improved in Japanese society, maternity harassment remains a serious issue. Japan's Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a harassment victim.

Everyone but South Koreans Can Watch South Korean TV on YouTube

South Korea's major TV networks are restricting Internet users in the country from watching their content on YouTube, but users with international IP addresses can still enjoy their videos.

4 December 2014

China's Censorship Authorities Are Not Fans of Foreign TV

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Two popular subtitling sites closed their doors at the behest of Chinese authorities. Netizens and TV fans are angry about the decision.

Japan's Long Winter Has Only Just Begun

Winter conditions normally seen in February are hitting Japan, making for hazardous driving conditions, excellent television of wind-driven storm surges, and snowy landscapes.

2 December 2014

Baton-Happy Police Beat Back Pro-Democracy Protesters in Hong Kong

In response to the clearing of protesters from a sit-in site last week, two student activists groups attempted to occupy roads around government headquarters. Police stopped them with force.

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