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2017/10/19 | Chen Ronggang
China's Cities Are Drowning in Takeout Trash
Every day, tens of millions of food containers, plastic bags, and disposable chopsticks eat away further at the environment.
Putting Duterte’s Popularity into Perspective of Philippines Political Culture
The Philippines' unique political culture may explain why Duterte manages to maintain high approval ratings despite mishaps and his controversial drug policy.
2017/10/16 | Jayant Menon
Cambodia's Economic Growth Will Require Industry Shift
Cambodia's new status as lower middle-income country poses many challenges and opportunities ahead.
Marginalized Female Migrant Workers Prone to Radicalization
'Radicalization through religion need not be the more attractive path out of socio-economic disenchantment for marginalized women,' writes Tamara Nair and Alan Chong.
2017/10/15 | Kelly Gerard
Towards Solving ASEAN's Gender Inequality Problems
There are deep structural flaws within ASEAN's approach to addressing gender inequalities, not least a focus on women's economic empowerment over more nuanced, collective strategies. The challenge is developing holistic and effective approaches that make the most of increased funding in Southeast Asia.
2017/10/14 | Fan Liya
China’s Communist Youth League Decries Twitter 'Defamation'
Party’s youth wing reiterates it has no presence on one of the world’s largest social media platforms, but fails to step up to the plate and launch an official account.
2017/10/13 | Cedric Alviani
President Xi Nails Shut Chinese Internet's Coffin
New measures including holding social media moderators responsible for content posted in their forums, the end of anonymous posting and an upcoming ban on Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are the latest blows to what is left of internet freedom in China.
2017/10/11 | Rosemary Chen
ISSUE: New Southbound Policy Misses Migrant Worker Protections
President Tsai's recent speeches on the New Southbound Policy overlooked systematic discrimination problems faced by migrant workers in Taiwan.
2017/10/11 | Graeme Smith
China's Media Dying Slow Death under Xi
Under President Xi Jinping, China's print media is less than a paper tiger, a far cry from the days when a vigorous press in Guangzhou and beyond challenged Beijing's orthodoxy.
2017/10/10 | Mong Palatino
Is Free Speech an ‘Empty Promise’ in Singapore?
An artist and political activist was standing alone before the Parliament House, holding a mirror as an act of performance art. He was led away by the police and detained until he posted bail the next day.
2017/10/10 | Derek Hird
Xi Jinping’s Family Values Contribute to China's Gender Inequality
Ranked 90th on the United Nations' 2015 Gender Inequality Index, China still has a long way to go, and Xi's view on gender is not helping the case.
Prison Sentences for Food-safety Violators in Taiwan
Food-safety scandals that occurred between 2013 to 2014 in Taiwan led the government to increase penalties for responsible parties.
Real Solutions for Plastic Problems
Plastic bags and bottles are a global menace, but the emergence of microplastics will test the policy courage of governments in new ways, write Asit K Biswas and Kris Hartley.
2017/10/07 | Cai Yifeng
Commercial Sex Among Chinese Men
Contemporary China has witnessed a sexual revolution that is more open to different sexuality and has a profound impact on gay sex.
2017/10/06 | Chai Bipeng
Why Increasingly More Chinese Students are Volunteering Abroad
A generation of college-goers are training their sights on poverty relief in far-flung foreign countries.
2017/10/05 | Lingling Mao
China’s Disgraceful Internet Celebrity
When the gap between rich and poor is so wide and corruption is so rife, the public may have found a way to unleash their anger via Guo Meimei.
2017/10/04 | Fan Yiying
Gay Chinese Embracing Overseas Tours
Companies see market in LGBT travelers who value cultural experiences and exclusive, safe spaces.