A river that was once a primary source of drinking water for Hong Kong has become so polluted that it is now nicknamed “Black Dragon River.”
The stench from a Dong River tributary causes dizziness. Many people won’t eat vegetables grown on its banks.
With an eco-system transformed by uncontrolled mining, locals are first to pay the price of China's race to export rare earth metals.
Unregulated Mining Leaves Behind Ravaged, Toxic Landscape.
Farmers employ heavy doses of fertilizers and pesticides when growing fruit trees. The chemical run-off has helped contaminate the Dong River.
Nearly 100 Vietnamese marched peacefully outside the Chinese embassy in Hanoi on Sunday, despite increased security following an agreement between Chinese and Vietnamese officials to settle maritime disputes.
A planned dam at Xayaburi on the Mekong in Laos has become central to a debate about the river's future. Laos already has seven dams in operation on its river system, with six additional ones under construction. The land locked country plans for no less than 40 more dams.
Some 1.5 million Cambodians under the age of 18 are forced to work, with about 20 percent of them engaged in hazardous jobs such as spraying pesticides or working in brick factories, according to the International Labor Organization.
On April 21, Cambodian police clashed with 100 people who gathered in front of city hall to protest their imminent eviction from Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak Lake district. Several protesters were injured in the melee, including one woman in her 70s. The protesters have refused to make way for a developer who plans to construct luxury apartments in the area.
Japan's nuclear turmoil sparks a run on salt in China in the false belief it can guard against radiation exposure.
Since China occupied Tibet more than six decades ago and forced the Dalai Lama into exile, Tibetans have been struggling for greater autonomy for the region , including through an exile government which faces key elections on March 20.
A drought in mainland Southeast Asia is drying up key rivers and wells, impacting the livelihood of farmers and fishermen.
The 8.9 magnitude quake that struck Japan was one of the strongest to hit Asia since records began.
Outbreaks of the foot-and-mouth disease virus have been reported in Southeast Asia recently, prompting statements of concern from U.N. agriculture experts.
In the image below, Chinese citizens scramble for condoms distributed on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2010. Photo: AFP
Shuffle the tiles below and see if you have what it takes to solve the China AIDS puzzle.
"Shenma doushi fuyun," or “magic horse floats above the clouds,” is the most popular Chinese Internet phrase of 2010. The phrase is a Chinese pun that also means “just let it go.” Maneuver your magic horse past the clouds in this video game.
The Chinese New Year (often referred to as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival) falls on Feb. 3 this year. Chinese zodiac-wise, 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, and those born under this sign are said to be ambitious and lucky. Photo: AFP. Shuffle the tiles and see how long it take you to reassemble these rabbits.
In the image below, U.S. President Barack Obama listens to remarks by Chinese President Hu Jintao in Washington, Jan. 19, 2011. Photo: AFP.
Shuffle the tiles and see if you have what it takes to solve the U.S.-China relations puzzle!
The Obama administration hosts Chinese president Hu Jintao at a sumptuous state dinner attended by celebrities and officials.
A key ethnic group in Burma, the Karens celebrated their New Year on Jan. 5. Following decades of repression, hundreds of thousands of Karen people live in fear at home, hide in the jungle or flee to third countries.
Tee Hua Pa Khor is a traditional game played by Laotian children. Test your skill in this interactive flash game and see how far you can hit the stick!
RFA journalists go to Yeonpyeong Island to see the devastation left by North Korea's Nov. 23 artillery attack.
Nguyen Dinh Dang, a Vietnamese national who studied abroad in Russia during the 1980s, is a rare master of both the sciences and aesthetics. He obtained a PhD in nuclear physics in 1985 and a Doctor-of-Sciences degree in 1990 at Moscow State University, but has maintained a passion for art since the age of five when his French-educated father taught him to draw.
Smuggling of people has emerged as a serious problem In Vietnam, with most of the victims trafficked to China and other neighboring countries such as Cambodia and Laos for sexual and labor exploitation.
Burma was ranked next to worst among 178 countries in corruption in a 2010 report released in October by Transparency International, a Berlin-based monitoring group. China was ranked 78th and Vietnam 116th while Cambodia and Laos emerged low at 154.
The number of AIDS deaths in Asia may have stabilized but there are no indications of a decline in the prevalence of the deadly disease.
Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, freed by the junta from house arrest just 10 days ago, was reunited with her youngest son on Nov. 23 after nearly one decade of separation.
Key dates on the Korean Peninsula, the world’s last Cold War frontier.
Hundreds of people have been killed in a bridge stampede in Cambodia's capital, marking a tragic end to a three-day annual water festival.
Despite a large increase in foreign tourists and tourism-generated revenue, Cambodia’s poverty-stricken population is seeing very few of the profits.