Thursday, September 10, 2015

One Child Policy Leads to Human Trafficking Published on Sep 10, 2015 For the past 35 years, China has implemented one of the most brutally-enforced population control policies in modern history, known as "The One Child" policy. But while the policy has lessened population pressures in the country, it has also become one of the major contributors to the growing problem of human trafficking.
Campaigning Begins for Historic Myanmar Elections Published on Sep 8, 2015 Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi calls on the international community to help ensure November polls bring "genuine political and governmental change."
Hardline Monks Claim Victory as Myanmar Muslims Face Poll Exclusion Published on Sep 7, 2015 Myanmar has faced growing religious tension in recent years, as it emerges from army rule.
China Flexes Military Muscle in Tiananmen Square Published on Sep 3, 2015 President Xi Jinping announced a 300,000 reduction in troops.
Hong Kong Residents Fight to Save Beloved Trams Published on Sep 2, 2015 A recent proposal to scrap part of the tram network has renewed fears that this unique piece of Hong Kong's heritage is under threat.
The Bride Market: Enslavement and Escape from China Published on Aug 31, 2015 "Please don’t go. If you go, you could be cheated like me," warns Lina, who was lured by the promise of a high-paying job in China, only to be sold as a bride against her will.
Sold! Brides for Sale in China Published on Aug 31, 2015 Lured by the promise of a high salary, young women become prey to Chinese bride traffickers.
Border Fear and Betrayal Beneath Sino-Russian Warmth Published on Aug 31, 2015 Despite their current closeness and shared Communist past, China and Russia were once bitter rivals.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Myanmar Spirit Festival Offers Rare Space for Gay Community Published on Aug 27, 2015 Gay people in the former junta-run nation still routinely suffer discrimination.
Ocean Threat from Hong Kong's Taste for Seafood Published on Aug 24, 2015 Hong Kong is the world’s second largest consumer of seafood per capita, but threatened species often appear on the menu.
First Ever Cinema Multiplex Opens in Laos Published on Aug 20, 2015 It’s part of an effort to revive cinema in the South East Asian country.
Lethwei Packs a Punch in Myanmar Published on Aug 18, 2015 Myanmar's brutal national kick boxing style is gaining in popularity, bringing its fearsome no-holds-barred technique of bare knuckles and head-butts to a growing number of local and international enthusiasts.
Silkworms Spin Hope for an Endangered Cambodian Tradition Published on Aug 13, 2015 Cambodia’s silk industry all but vanished during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime.
Hundreds Injured in Massive Explosion in Tianjin Published on Aug 12, 2015 The official China Daily says the explosion occurred in a warehouse for dangerous materials.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Highway Toll Collectors Protest in Sichuan Province Published on Aug 6, 2015 They are demanding better compensation after they were fired from their jobs.
Dozens Killed in Myanmar Floods Published on Aug 3, 2015 Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi toured one of the country’s many flood-stricken areas.
Flooding Inundates Large Swathes of Myanmar Published on Jul 31, 2015 Officials say up to 150,000 people have been affected by the flooding, and at least 21 people have died.
Authorities Demolish Church Cross in Zhejiang Province
Pyongyang Style: North Korea Girl Bands Rock China's Border Published on Jul 24, 2015 North Korea has long sent workers abroad to work on construction sites, in logging camps and in restaurants.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Human Rights Watch's Sophie Richardson on Women and Human Rights Published on Jul 24, 2015 Sophie Richardson on the role Asian women play in the promotion and defense of human rights. Far more women are engaged on a variety of issues that they've dealt with through life experience, Richardson says.
RFA Myanmar Service Director Nancy Shwe on Aung San Suu Kyi Published on Jul 24, 2015 Aung San Suu Kyi has long been an iconic leader of the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar. Here, RFA Myanmar Service Director Nancy Shwe describes why Aung San Suu Kyi is a role model for Burmese women today.
Women's Role in Vietnam Published on Jul 24, 2015 Dr. Binh Nguyen describes the inspiration and challenges for female activists in Vietnam, and the insufficient but growing civil society support they receive. Dr. Nguyen is the co-chair of the Non-Violent Movement for Democracy in Vietnam.
Myanmar Court Gives 153 Chinese Life Sentences for Illegal Logging Published on Jul 22, 2015 Myanmar banned timber exports last year, but illicit shipments across the border into China continue.
A Tough Haul for Myanmar’s Gravel Carriers Published on Jul 21, 2015 Gravel is an essential element in Myanmar’s construction boom.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

After Spat With China, Vietnam’s Lychee Farmers Seek New Markets Published on Jul 17, 2015 Beijing and Hanoi faced off in a bitter maritime dispute last year.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Severe Drought Hits Large Swathes of Cambodia Published on Jul 15, 2015 Parts of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand also are experiencing a lack of rain and higher-than-normal temperatures this year.
Farmers in Myanmar Say Paper Mills Pollute Their Rice Paddies Published on Jul 14, 2015 They say their crops and livestock have suffered.
Vietnam Woman Run Over by Bulldozer During Land Protest Published on Jul 13, 2015 Unrest linked to land seizures has become increasingly common as Vietnam pursues market-oriented reforms.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Cambodian Military Helicopter Crash Kills Four Published on Jul 14, 2014 The Cambodian government purchased the Z-9 helicopter from China last November.
‘Courage is not the Absence of Fear’ Published on Jul 9, 2015 In an exclusive interview for RFA, Miss World Canada 2015 Anastasia Lin says she’s concerned that her human rights advocacy has caused problems for her father who lives in China.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Dust Up Over Cambodian Highway Project Villagers say dust from the construction site is unbearable.
Cambodian Forest Activists Protest Illegal Logging Published on Jul 6, 2015 Rampant illegal logging has ravaged Cambodia's forests, and put the livelihoods of thousands of people under threat.
Cambodian Activists Clash With Vietnamese Border Police Published on Jun 2, 2015 The activists are staking their claim to a disputed piece of land.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Water Reveals Two Sides of Myanmar's Economic Boom Published on Jul 2, 2015 After decades of neglect under military rule, Myanmar's entire water system, like much of its infrastructure, is in dire need of modernization.
Myanmar Students, Police Scuffle During Protest Over Military’s Political Role Published on Jun 30, 2015 The confrontation comes days after lawmakers voted down a constitutional amendment aimed at removing the military’s effective veto on legislative reform.
Cambodian Activists Clash with Vietnamese Villagers, Police in Border Published on Jun 29, 2015 A number of conflicts have erupted along the Cambodia-Vietnam border.
Thousands Protest PX Project in Shanghai Published on Jun 25, 2015 China’s growing middle class has become increasingly involved in environmental protection as industry expands and air and water pollution levels worsen.
Tibetans Defy Chinese Restrictions to Celebrate Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday Published on Jun 24, 2015 RFA’s Karma Dorjee says Chinese authorities have warned Tibetans not to mark the politically sensitive event.
After Harrowing Journey, Rohingya Hope for Peaceful Ramadan in Indonesia Published on Jun 19, 2015 The plight of the Rohingya came to the world’s attention last month amid images of desperate refugees drifting in Southeast Asian waters.
Rohingya Migrants Found Adrift in Thai Waters Published on May 14, 2015 The Rohingya Muslims were fleeing Myanmar, where they often face persecution.
Vietnam Rice Boom a Strain on Farmers, Environment Published on Apr 10, 2015 Amid lingering memories of famines and food shortages, official government policy is to ensure ‘food security in all circumstances.’