Protests break out in Inner Mongolia over forced Mandarin-only classes

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Thousands have taken to the streets in Inner Mongolia over Beijing’s plans to substitute Mongolian with Chinese as the language for instruction in schools, with a st...

75 years later, can Asia shake off shackles of the past?

TOKYO (AP) — Northeast Asia doesn’t so much repeat history as drag it along like an anchor. The bombs stopped falling 75 years ago, but it is entirely possible — crucial even, some ...

Summer jobs for young people are vanishing with the pandemic

Sara Buie lined up a summer lifeguard job to help pay for a new laptop, textbooks and a backpack for her freshman year at Virginia’s James Madison University. But the coronavirus pandemic closed her c...

Extreme poverty rises; a generation sees a future slip away

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — As a domestic worker, Amsale Hailemariam knew well the luxury villas that had grown up around her simple shelter of raw metal and plastic sheeting. In them, she saw how he...

Extreme poverty rises; a generation sees a future slip away

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — As a domestic worker, Amsale Hailemariam knew from the inside out the luxury villas that had grown up around her simple shelter of raw metal and plastic sheeting. And in t...

VIRUS DIARY: We eloped, just not the way we'd planned

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The plan was to elope in April in New York City, where my fiancee, Julie Trolle, lived. When the coronavirus hit, I canceled my flight from El Paso, where I was...

VIRUS DIARY: We eloped, just not the way we'd planned

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The plan was to elope in April in New York City, where my fiancee, Julie Trolle, lives. When the coronavirus hit, I canceled my flight from El Paso, where I was...

Tokyo governor tearful when paying respects to late Taiwan president

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike was overwhelmed on Wednesday (Aug. 5) when she paid tribute to former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) at a Taiwan Economic and Cultural Rep...

Mexico's school year to begin with instruction on television

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Distance learning will begin for more than 30 million Mexican school children Aug. 24, but a return to classrooms will remain an uncertain goal, the country’s education secretary sa...

Taiwan's oldest bookstore reopens in Taichung with modern decor

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's oldest bookstore the Regent reopened with new decor and a "counseling room" on Wednesday (July 29) in Taichung, looking to continue its 109-year leg...

Thailand's school haircut controversy reflects authoritarian attitudes

As students across Thailand returned to school on July 1 after more than four months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, reports about forced haircuts on students – often humiliatingly c...

Taiwan history textbook becomes bestseller in Japan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The enthusiasm in Japan for all things Taiwanese has reached new heights, with even the translation of a Taiwanese history textbook reaching the bestseller lists, UDN repo...

Opinion: Genocide denial concerns us all

That genocide was perpetrated in and around the Bosnian city of Srebrenica 25 years ago is incontestable. Several judgments of international courts have made it crystal clear. Yet, many politicians co...

Migrant advocacy organization in Taiwan prefers to focus on positive

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On an upper floor of a scruffy white building near Taipei Main Station — hidden above a stack of hostels, boutiques, and cram schools — the five full-time empl...

Amid pandemic, the world's working poor hustle to survive

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — From India to Argentina, untold millions who were already struggling to get by on the economic margins have had their lives made even harder by pandemic lockdowns, l...