OPINION: Hold Beijing to Account on Hong Kong’s Regression
As Hong Kong is truly a global city and an international economic hub, the United States and the rest of the democratic world have an interest in seeing the preservation of Hong Kong’s democracy and ensuring that Beijing is held accountable, argues Matthew Geason.
Reactionary Islamism in Indonesia
At the end of 2016, two large demonstrations organized by reactionary Muslim groups took place in Jakarta. The protesters called for the arrest of the Christian Governor of Jakarta, Basuki Purnama, an ethnic Chinese man commonly referred to as Ahok, whom they accused of blasphemy.
China’s Unloading of FX Reserves, Spillbacks, and Quantitative Tightening
Once a widely held and an extremely desirable asset in the global economy, American debt is no longer the most desirable thing in the world.
Lives of Resilience: Reimagining Taiwan’s Comfort Women
'The history is indeed horrific; estimates vary, but the most commonly cited figure places the total number of comfort women at 200,000.'
ASIA NEWS BITES: Islamist Power on Display in Jakarta Election; China’s Muslim Baby Name Blitz; Indian Uranium Concerns; Trump's Korea Gaffe
A quick roundup of the most important news from around the region.
Taiwan’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee: The Geopolitics of Transitional Justice in a Contested State
Taiwan President Tsai’s interest in a truth and reconciliation commission also reflects Taiwan’s contested space in the global world order of nation states.
Thailand Tells Internet Users to Unfollow Junta Critics on Social Media — Or Face Consequences
The government told Thai Internet users to stop following and sharing posts from the social media accounts of three overseas critics of the military-backed government
Chinese Activist who Failed to Gain Asylum in Taiwan Faces 'Legitimate Threat'
'One thing that makes political asylum from China widely accepted in many other countries – the United States and many European countries – nowadays is because it is quite difficult to predict what might happen when they go back; that itself is a clear danger for that person.'
Airline’s Indigenous Name Bungle Reveals Taiwanese ‘Ignorance’
'When I go to Starbucks and order my drink with my indigenous name, the staff ask me politely if they are not sure how to pronounce my name. That’s called respect.”
Cambodia is Losing its Buddhist Monks to Modernization
Where once young Cambodian men would often join the monkhood as teenagers as a rite of passage, studying both Buddhism and Khmer culture before moving into adult life, today fewer young Cambodians are doing so.