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Stories about East Asia

13 January 2015

Fact-Checking the Hype Surrounding FireChat in Hong Kong's Protests

Global Voices Advocacy

Pro-democracy protesters downloaded smartphone chat app FireChat in droves amid rumors of an Internet shutdown. In the rush to cover the phenomenon, media outlets got some things wrong.

9 January 2015

Young Malaysian Volunteers Are Taking a Leading Role in Flood Relief Efforts

After Malaysia was hit by the worst flooding in decades, young volunteers organized relief efforts in several communities. Global Voices spoke with two women who helped a soup kitchen program.

8 January 2015

Horrific Hokkaido Bear Attack Repackaged as Cute Japanese Tourist Attraction

"I'm not sure if the warm and friendly image of the bear here is quite appropriate here..."

7 January 2015

Chinese Police Are Buying Spyware — And Posting Their Purchase Orders Online

Global Voices Advocacy

Netizens now can see exactly what surveillance tools police are using, and exactly how much they paid for them.

This Snowboarder Was Lost for 2 Nights in the Snow, But It's His Hair People Can't Stop Talking About

Three Japanese snowboarders were rescued from a snowy mountain. One member of the group not only had to apologize for getting lost, but also endured speculation about his hair.

6 January 2015

A Death Sentence for Trafficking 15 Grams of Heroin? Singapore Groups Say No More.

Groups say the death penalty isn't an effective deterrent, pointing out how capital punishment makes even small offenses a matter of life and death, motivating criminals to be more violent.

5 January 2015

Japanese Singer Sports Hitler Moustache in New Year's Political Statement

Why was Keisuke Kuwata wearing a Hitler moustache during his performance? He hasn't said why, but some think it was meant to criticise Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

4 January 2015

Countdown to Asian Cup 2015 Heats Up in Australia

The temperatures in Australia are soaring a week before hosting the Asian Cup 2015 starting 9 January.

1 January 2015

Search for Air Asia QZ8501 Continues After Crash Site Located

The Twitter hashtag #togetherwestand is being used to show solidarity to friends and relatives of all those on board Air Asia flight QZ8501.

31 December 2014

Protests, Blackouts, and a Bill of Rights for the Internet: Advox in 2014

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2014, the Global Voices Advox team covered more stories than ever before. From Egypt to Ethiopia to Tajikistan to Turkey, our authors wrote what they saw on the ground,...

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