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Stories about East Asia

11 August 2015

Shanghai Telecom Triples Cost of Access to Overseas Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

If commercial restrictions on accessing overseas sites becomes common practice, the Chinese Internet could become a de facto domestic network for the majority of Internet users.

10 August 2015

Protests as Malaysia Suspends Two Newspapers Following a Corruption Expose

Global Voices Advocacy

"We must never forget abuses of power today. You can suspend The Edge but you can't suspend truth!"

On the Seventieth Anniversary of the Bombing, Japan Remembers Nagasaki

Long overshadowed by Hiroshima, the atomic bombing of Nagasaki highlights Japan's memory of the war.

9 August 2015

Why Are Japanese Airsoft Fans Cosplaying the Ukrainian Military?

RuNet Echo

Japan and Ukraine are miles apart. Why are Japanese airsoft players dressing as Ukrainian military and modeling their game scenarios after anti-terrorist operations in eastern Ukraine?

8 August 2015

As the Country Celebrates its Golden Year, Singaporeans Turn Nostalgic on the Internet

"The main objective is to relive memories for the earlier generation and introduce these to the younger ones for a deeper appreciation of the Lion City’s rich history."

Hong Kong Chinglish Page Conquers the Local Internet Overnight

You think an actor like Jackie Chan lacks rice? What spring are you upping?

After 515 Days, Discovered Debris Raises More Questions For Flight 370 Families in China

Contradictions in investigations rekindled frustration among the families of passengers on the missing plane.

7 August 2015

How Social Media Moved People to Act in Flood-Ravaged Myanmar

"This time the flood is being covered minute-by-minute via social media and we can see how authorities have responded, for better or for worse."

Before and After the Bomb: an Interactive Tour of Nagasaki

The Nagasaki Archive is an interactive web tool based on Google Earth that explores Nagasaki - before and after the atomic bombing of August 9th, 1945.

China Steps Up Internet Surveillance With “Cybersecurity Police Stations” at Major Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

Until now, managing online discourse has been delegated to Internet content providers on a largely ad hoc basis.

5 August 2015

Metal Titans From the US and Japan Agree to an Epic Giant Robot Battle

American and Japanese robotics companies Megabots and Suidobashi Heavy Industries have agreed to participate in a giant robot battle one year from now.

Despite Millions of Recruits, Criticism of China's Online Civilization Army Mounts

China Communist Youth League has recruited approximately 18 million "civilization volunteers" to “spread positive energy” online.

3 August 2015

Summer is the Season for Fireworks in Japan

In July and August, massive and elaborate fireworks displays are held all over Japan.

China Finally Opens Door to Overseas Game Consoles

China finally lifts its ban on sales of game consoles. Is this the dawn of a new age in home video entertainment?

Taiwan’s Anti-Curriculum Change Campaign Intensifies Following Student Activist's Death

"Today is Guan-Hua Lin’s birthday, July 30. He had only one hope...that we Taiwanese can receive an education based on a Taiwanese perspective. "

2 August 2015

Global Voices Partners with Myanmar’s The Irrawaddy

Because of its critical reports, The Irrawaddy magazine was banned by the military regime in Myanmar and anyone found with a copy could be arrested and imprisoned.

1 August 2015

Malaysia’s #AtTheEdge Campaign Challenges Media Censorship

"At a time when there are more questions than answers available regarding the financial scandal, the Ministry’s action appears to be a self-serving draconian attempt at shutting up inquisitive Malaysians."

Hong Kong Stages ‘Breast Walk’ to Protest Police and Judicial Absurdity

Can a protester really assault a policeman with her breasts?

Government Aid Is Slow to Arrive as More than 100,000 Affected by Floods in North Myanmar

Despite non-stop rains and expanded flooding in the past week, the government waited until July 31 to declare a state of emergency on July 31.

30 July 2015

How China's Online Civilization Army Turned a Youth Street Fight into a Patriotic Struggle

Global Voices Advocacy

"They just pick quarrels and fights all day long. Today vow to execute this and tomorrow execute someone else. Such patriotism is not loving one's country but hating one's country."

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