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2021/02/02 | Aye Min Thant

Myanmar: The Stupid Coup

Myanmar elders understand on a visceral level that the military is not a rational actor. Those of us lucky enough to be young enough to have only passing memories of pre-transition Myanmar are just starting to internalize this.

2021/02/05 | Bart Dashorst

‘Facing the Calamity’: The Story of a Malaysian Taiwanese Under KMT Rule

The autobiography and witness testimony of Fred Him-San Chin, a Taiwanese of Chinese descent born in Malaysia, offers a view of pride in being Taiwanese despite the hardships of false imprisonment.

2021/02/03 | Deutsche Welle

Will UK Hong Kong Immigration Program Trigger an Exodus?

Millions of Hong Kong residents are eligible for a fast-track U.K. citizenship program. Two young emigrants said escaping the long arm of Beijing is worth the struggle of starting over in a foreign country.

2021/02/05 | Sylvie Tanaga

Chinese New Year in Indonesia Is Political

After Suharto’s New Order collapsed, Chinese New Year became a national holiday. It could only be celebrated at home before.

2021/02/01 | Deutsche Welle

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi Detained by Military, Her Party Says

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and several of her political allies have been detained in an early morning raid, a spokesman for her party said. He warned of a possible military coup.

2021/02/05 | TNL Staff

Guyana Reneges on Taiwan Office Plan

Guyana terminated agreement with Taiwan to open representative office less than a day after Taiwan announced the plan.

2021/01/25 | Roy Ngerng

Singapore’s Government Says Workers Are Pulling Ahead. Here’s What They Won’t Say.

Last week, a Singapore government minister said that the wages of lower-income and median-income Singaporeans have increased in the last 10 years. But when we compare Singapore with other wealthy, advanced countries, the situation does not look so rosy.

2021/02/22 | Deutsche Welle

Myanmar: General Strike Goes Ahead Despite Threats

Protesters against the military rule have refused to let up as the movement to bring back the country’s democratically elected leader dismisses threats of violence.

2021/02/25 | Voice of America

China’s Crackdown on Muslims Spreads To Tropical Hainan 

Beijing’s anti-Islam campaign is now targeting the Utsuls, a 10,000-strong Muslim ethnic community that has successfully, for now, pushed back against a ban on wearing head scarves.

2021/01/22 | Deutsche Welle

Japan To Cancel Tokyo Olympics — Report

A member of Japan’s ruling coalition has said the Games will have to be canceled, according to a British newspaper. The Olympics is due to start in July, but 80% of the Japanese population are against hosting the event.

2021/01/21 | Voice of America

How Covid-19 Is Straining Human Rights in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines

Covid-19 outbreaks have worsened human rights issues in much of Southeast Asia, as countries scramble to revive economies.

2021/01/19 | East Asia Forum

Rethinking Japan’s Refugee and Asylum Policy

Japan is unlikely to expand its refugee intake in the near future despite international criticism.

2021/01/06 | Deutsche Welle

History Is ‘China’s Most Important Psychological Tool’

China is widely regarded as a millennia-old nation-state, but this is a misconception, journalist Bill Hayton claims in his new book.

2021/01/20 | Deutsche Welle

Thailand: Woman Handed Record 43-Year Sentence for Defaming Monarchy

A former civil servant has been convicted of 29 counts of violating Thailand’s strict lese majeste law. She pleaded guilty to posting audio clips of a podcast produced by a prominent critic of the monarchy.

2021/02/26 | Deutsche Welle

Myanmar Coup Unites Ethnic Minorities and Pro-Democracy Protesters

In Myanmar, demonstrators and ethnic minorities have united to oppose the military, but they have different visions for the country’s future.

2021/02/08 | Deutsche Welle

Myanmar: Huge Turnout for Anti-Coup Protests

Tens of thousands of people have joined the biggest rallies yet to condemn the military coup and demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

2021/01/22 | Michael Beltran

Philippines: Armed Forces University Ban Canceled

The Philippine government has canceled a long standing agreement that barred armed forces from entering the country’s leading university, University of the Philippines.