The year 2008 brought major events throughout Asia. Unusually heavy snowstorms wreaked havoc in China as millions of people tried to travel home for Lunar New Year.
In a moving message to the European Parliament who awarded her husband, Hu Jia, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Zeng Jinyan also paid tribute to other activists who try to improve freedom of expression in China. “If the truth be told, sometimes one's courage is not enough. Sometimes the price to be paid is very, very high."
Dharamsala, India : Tibetan artists living in exile in India are working meticulously to reproduce ancient paintings holding the secrets of traditional Tibetan medicine.
Bangkok, Thailand : Thai opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is elected as the nation's third prime minister in four months, triggering protests from supporters of the old government who tried to block parliament.
On Nov. 11, Min Ko Naing and eight other "88 Generation Students Group" leaders were sentenced to 65-year terms of imprisonment.
Nearly 80 million cluster bombs dropped on Laos by the U.S. military during the Vietnam war failed to explode on contact and continue to kill and maim today.
With more than 1.3 billion people, China is the world's most populous country. But population growth has slowed in recent years as a result of the one-child policy, in effect since 1979.
Tibetan leaders in exile gather in Dharamsala, India for a rare meeting that could usher in a more radical approach to their long struggle against Chinese rule in Tibet. The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, called the meeting after admitting that his attempts to secure greater autonomy had failed.
Developers are filling in Boeung Kak Lake, in central Phnom Penh, as part of redevelopment plan that will bring high-end commercial and residential properties to the area.
Residents of a workers' apartment building belonging to a state-owned company in southwest China are reeling after their homes were demolished in the middle of the night, according to online accounts
One woman is injured and a man detained after police clash with islanders staging a sit-in in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang.
This chart shows the global ranking of Radio Free Asia’s target countries in terms of press freedom. The chart is based on an annual index Reporters Without Borders compiles each September which ranks countries based on questionnaires completed by a variety of independent sources.
On Sept. 11, the Chinese media reported dairy farmers had begun adding melamine to diluted milk as a way to boost protein count with production costs on the rise.
This map shows the locations of large scale protests in China since Oct. 13, 2008. The protests, which involved several hundred people or more, were organized to demand government intervention in issues ranging from land disputes to toxic dumping and pollution.
Photos trace the Tibetan writer Woeser's life from girlhood to the present day.
Over the last several months, Vietnamese Catholics have been challenging the state on its right to property they claim belong to their Church. Click on church location in Hanoi to view the vigils held on location.
Melamine-tainted infant formula is only the latest in a series of unsafe foods and other products made in China and exported abroad. Here is a timeline tracking contaminated products from China since 2004.
Chinese parents are rushing their children for checkups and vowing to fight for compensation, after four infants died and thousands were sickened after consuming tainted milk powder.
One year after Burmese monks joined widespread protests against the ruling junta, following is in a chronology of key dates in what became known as Burma’s “Saffron Revolution.”
Photos trace the rise of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to power. He passed away on December 17, 2011.
See how children working with the International Child Art Foundation around the world depict their experience of natural disasters, and favorite sports.
While floods around Laos have begun to recede, many communities remain submerged. Along Route 13 from Vientiane south to Paksan, the residents of Hai Village struggle to carry out the tasks of daily life.
According to Beijing police, 149 people filed 77 applications for permits to protest. But, police say, 74 of them were "withdrawn." Two were suspended, and one was rejected. In this exclusive video, a petitioner airs her grievance and is arrested.
In an interview with Yahoo! News, South Korea's President Lee Myung-Bak pledges to work for Korean reunification. Lee denies that relations between the two Koreas have taken a step back, though he acknowledges difficulties for the moment.
Authorities in Beijing have turned down dozens of groups and individuals with grievances who wish to use the officially sanctioned Olympics “protest parks” in the capital, activists and police said.
China is defending its decision to fake parts of the opening ceremony, with a girl lip-synching a song and computer-generated images of fireworks across Beijing. Video: AFP
Chinese authorities have sharply increased security in the northwestern Silk Road city of Kashgar after a deadly attack on police.
China and Vietnam are publicly at odds over a joint oil exploration project between U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil and Vietnam’s state-run Petro Vietnam in waters claimed by both Beijing and Hanoi.
North Korea has sent a group of child musicians to Hong Kong on the first stage of a cultural exchange with Chinese counterparts. It’s the first time the Pyongyang Children's Art Group has visited the city. The next stop for the group will be Beijing. Video: AFP
Tensions are running high between Thailand and Cambodia as both sides step up their military presence on disputed land around the 11th century Preah Vihear temple.