Asia Pacific Topics

Jul 11, 2014

'Bamboo ceiling' hampering Asians in Australia

A “bamboo ceiling” exists in Australia for Asians entering positions of power in business, education and politics, the country’s race discrimination commissioner has suggested. Tim Soutphommasane said that while Australia’s cultural diversity was to be welcomed, equality of opportunity in the top echelons was ...

Amerasians face scorn in Philippines

| Jun 28, 2014

Amerasians face scorn in Philippines

When the last U.S. ship pulled out of the Philippines’ Subic Naval Base more than two decades ago, a desperate young woman’s hopes of finding her father sailed away with it. Beirut Calaguas, now 44, is among the tens of thousands of Amerasians fathered ...

India in 'dereliction of duty' over rapes: U.N. watchdog

Jun 20, 2014

India in 'dereliction of duty' over rapes: U.N. watchdog

Indian law enforcement and justice authorities have shirked their responsibility to fight sex attacks, a U.N. child rights watchdog said on Thursday amid uproar over the horrific gang rape and lynching of two girls. “There has been a dereliction of duty in relation to ...

Jun 16, 2014

China's top think tank warned to toe ideological line: media

A Communist official has issued a “high-profile warning” about ideological problems at China’s top think tank, domestic media said Monday in a sign that the party leadership is exerting its authority over state-run institutions. Experts at the state-affiliated Chinese Academy of Social Sciences are ...

Stop 'politicizing rape,' Modi orders India politicans

Jun 12, 2014

Stop 'politicizing rape,' Modi orders India politicans

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged lawmakers to cease insensitive and ambiguous word play over rape and to work together to protect all women, in his first comments on the issue since the gang rape and murder of two girls shocked the ...

Hateful gossip in Beijing targets the entitled: media

Jun 11, 2014

Hateful gossip in Beijing targets the entitled: media

A majority of “rumors” swirling in Beijing target government officials and the rich, state-run media said on Wednesday, underscoring popular resentment at society’s “haves” amidst deepening inequality in China. “About 64 percent of the rumor samples in the research involved hatred of officials, 58 ...