Asia Pacific Topics

Jan 25, 2017

China to push Mandarin for minorities, protect dying tongues

China will “unswervingly” stick to the promotion of Mandarin for ethnic minorities, the government said on Tuesday of a policy that has ignited sporadic protests. The government will also step up protection for threatened tongues on the verge of extinction. Language politics have long ...

Taiwan moves a step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage

Dec 26, 2016

Taiwan moves a step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s parliament on Monday passed the first draft of a controversial marriage equality bill, moving the island a step closer to becoming the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex nuptials. A legislative committee approved the amendment to the civil law that would allow ...