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Calls for Amnesty as Undocumented Worker in Taiwan Contracts the Coronavirus
February 29, 2020

Calls for Amnesty as Undocumented Worker in Taiwan Contracts the Coronavirus

By Nick Aspinwall
A civic group called for Taiwan to grant amnesty to an estimated 50,000 undocumented workers in the country, citing their fear of reporting COVID-19 symptoms and a workforce shortage.

The Fight for LGBT Rights in Vietnam Still Has a Long Way To Go
February 28, 2020

The Fight for LGBT Rights in Vietnam Still Has a Long Way To Go

By Thoi Nguyen
Prejudice, discrimination, and stigma against the LGBT community in Vietnam still loom large. Change will take concerted efforts.
Cross-border South Korean Drama Overcomes Political Risks
February 26, 2020

Cross-border South Korean Drama Overcomes Political Risks

By Juwon Park
The team behind the drama had to tread carefully in order to avoid glorifying or misrepresenting the state. 

Assessing Asia’s Think Tanks: Ideas and Impact
February 25, 2020

Assessing Asia’s Think Tanks: Ideas and Impact

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Erin Zimmerman.

The Ordeal of the Diamond Princess Crew  
February 22, 2020

The Ordeal of the Diamond Princess Crew  

By Sribala Subramanian
The controversial two-week quarantine was even more difficult for the cruise ship’s crew members, most of whom hail from the Philippines, India, or Indonesia.

Bong Happy ‘Parasite’ Succeeded Despite Disparity It Showed
February 20, 2020

Bong Happy ‘Parasite’ Succeeded Despite Disparity It Showed

By Associated Press
"Parasite" won best picture at this month's 92nd Academy Awards, among other accolades.

Why Asia Needs to Move Beyond Plastic Bag Bans
February 19, 2020

Why Asia Needs to Move Beyond Plastic Bag Bans

By Kris Hartley
Seriously addressing the region’s plastic apocalypse will require moving beyond blunt moves such as plastic bag bans.
Cruise Ship Coronavirus Ordeal Ends with Cambodia Welcome
February 14, 2020

Cruise Ship Coronavirus Ordeal Ends with Cambodia Welcome

By Associated Press
Stranded passengers disembarked and were welcomed to Cambodia by the nation's authoritarian leader who handed them flowers.

Radical Islamists Hold Filmmaking Hostage in Pakistan
February 14, 2020

Radical Islamists Hold Filmmaking Hostage in Pakistan

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Stopping the released of an award-winning film to appease an Islamist group sets a troubling precedent.

Remember the Women Fighting Coronavirus
February 13, 2020

Remember the Women Fighting Coronavirus

By Shamim Zakaria and Yan Ni
Female medics are leading the frontline battle in China, but a lack of attention to women’s sanitary needs irks rights advocates.

Rohingya Boat Capsizes in Deadly Bay of Bengal Incident
February 12, 2020

Rohingya Boat Capsizes in Deadly Bay of Bengal Incident

By Associated Press
An overcrowded boat carrying about 138 Rohingya refugees from Bangladeshi camps sank Tuesday in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladeshi officials said.
Taiwan Delays Spring Semester, Tightens Travel Rules Over Coronavirus Worries
February 08, 2020

Taiwan Delays Spring Semester, Tightens Travel Rules Over Coronavirus Worries

By James X. Morris
Taiwan has rapidly scaled up preventative measures designed to contain a potential outbreak.

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