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Stories By Region: Asia-Pacific

September 2009

China: Wall Scholar

Historian David Spindler shares his obsession with the Great Wall of China, the results of which go on exhibit this month in San Francisco and New York. read more

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April 2009

South Korea: The Most Wired Place on Earth
There is one downside, internet addiction.

FRONTLINE/World correspondent Douglas Rushkoff travels to South Korea to take the measure of the country's digital revolution, and understand its impact on the lives of ordinary Koreans. read more

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August 2008

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China: Kung Fu English
A bootcamp in the provinces

Xinjiang province in remote western China is best known for the Taklamakan desert and the struggle for autonomy among the region's Muslim Uighur people. It's also considered a provincial backwater looked down upon by the Western influenced provinces in the east. Xinjiang native Jake Yong set out to change that perception by teaching himself -- and others -- to speak English. read more

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June 2008

Asia and Africa: Living on the Edge
The human consequences of a warming planet

For the last year and a half, reporter Martin Smith has been investigating global climate change for Heat, a two-hour FRONTLINE broadcast to air this fall. In "Living on the Edge," Smith travels to the foothills of the Himalayas, to parched areas of Eastern Africa and to the Namibian coast to share some devastating field notes from this looming environmental catastrophe. read more

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June 2008

Jesus in China
Is Christianity transforming China?

In this joint project of FRONTLINE/World and the Chicago Tribune, reporter Evan Osnos investigates how Christianity is sweeping China and could potentially transform the country at an explosive moment in its development. read more

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June 2008

China: Out of the Rubble

Washington Post video journalist Travis Fox talks about covering China's earthquake and the difficulties of filming under the government's watchful eye. read more

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January 2008

China: Green Dreams
A not so model village

The village of Huangbaiyu in rural northeast China was supposed to be a model for energy-conscious design. But the joint China-U.S. project to initially build 400 sustainable homes went awry. Timothy Lesle investigates. read more

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January 2008

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Indonesia: Wham! Bam! Islam!
Muslim super heroes come to Jakarta

Last season, FRONTLINE/World ran a story from the Middle East that introduced viewers to the fastest selling comic book in the Arab world, The 99. In this follow-up, reporter Isaac Solotaroff followed the comic book's creator to Indonesia, where he is trying to sell his work to the largest Islamic country in the world. read more

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December 2007

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Philippines: Have Degree Will Travel
Where have all the nurses gone?

FRONTLINE/World reporter Barnaby Lo travels to the Philippines to report on the damaging effects of a medical brain drain in the country, where last year alone, 12,000 Filipino nurses left for more lucrative careers abroad. read more

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October 2007

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China: Undermined
Coal mines threaten villages

China's churning economy runs on coal. But coal mining in China is a dangerous business, killing an average of thirteen miners every day. Digging for coal is also literally undermining whole villages, as Duane Moles reports in this week's Rough Cut video. read more

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September 2007

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Tibet: Eye Camp
Restoring vision at the top of the world

Cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness in the world. In Tibet, where many people live at 15,000 feet, the disease is epidemic. After meeting with the Dalai Lama and struggling with his own religious identity, American Dr. Marc Lieberman, set out to help. "Eye Camp" follows his mission to restore vision at the top of the world. read more

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August 2007

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Philippines: The Black Stain of Oil
Who's cleaning up?

The islands affected by last year's oil spill in the Philippines are part of an important marine biosphere and known for their breathtaking beauty. News of the oil tanker sinking hardly caused a ripple in U.S. mainstream media but FRONTLINE/World reporter Jason Margolis went to investigate what is being called the worst environmental disaster in Philippine history. read more

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March 2007

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South Korea: Everyone's a Journalist
The story of OhMynews

FRONTLINE/World reporter Vanessa Hua travels to the ultra-wired metropolis of Seoul, South Korea, to report on OhmyNews, the world's largest citizen journalism site, and to explore whether such a model could be replicated in the United States. read more

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April 2006

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Japan and China: The Unforgotten War
Views from both sides of East Asia's historical conflict

All it took was a few sentences in a Japanese history textbook last year to spark the biggest protests China had seen since 1989. Why did a dispute over the history of a World War II era massacre trigger such outrage? Explore the growing rivalry between China and Japan in a new video by FRONTLINE/World Fellows Emily Taguchi and Lee Wang. read more

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December 2005

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Tuvalu: That Sinking Feeling
Global warming, rising seas

There's trouble in paradise. A small island nation in the South Pacific, Tuvalu, is threatened by rising ocean levels believed to be caused by global warming. FRONTLINE/World reporter Elizabeth Pollock travels into the heart of Polynesia, just south of the Equator, to see if the people of Tuvalu will have to abandon the islands they have inhabited for 2,000 years. read more

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November 2005

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Japan: The Slow Life
Tune in, drop out, grow rice

Tokyo's "bright lights, big city" energy is a beacon to Japanese and foreign tourists alike, but some young Japanese are choosing to slow down, drop out and grow rice. FRONTLINE/World reporter Jason Cohn follows these urban refugees back to the land that others have abandoned. read more

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July 2005

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The Women's Kingdom
In China, how free can a woman be?

On Rough Cut this week, you'll meet Lamu and several extraordinary Mosuo women as we travel to "The Women's Kingdom" in southwest China, not far from the Tibetan Buddhist city the Chinese have renamed Shangri-La. Reporter Xiaoli Zhou, who comes from Shanghai, told us she had always wanted to visit the Mosuo region to see for herself how much freedom a woman might enjoy in China. read more

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January 2005

China: Silenced
A reporter's nightmare

FRONTLINE/World reporter Serene Fang visits a remote Chinese province, Xinjiang, to investigate growing tensions between the government and the Muslim people known as the Uighurs. Her clandestine interview with a Uighur man turns into a reporter's nightmare when Chinese authorities arrest Fang and her source, confiscate her videotape, interrogate her for 24 hours, and take the Uighur man away to an unknown fate. In her story, Fang reveals the name of the man in an effort to bring attention to his plight. read more

June 2004

China: Shanghai Nights
A new generation's cultural revolution

FRONTLINE/World reporter Nguyen Qui Duc visits a changing boomtown on the edge of China's cultural frontier. Explore Shanghai's restless youth culture with pop novelist and literary "bad girl" Mian Mian, whose writing about sex, drugs and music rocked a generation. read more

March 2004

Kyrgyzstan: The Kidnapped Bride
The resurgence of a banned custom

FRONTLINE/World reporter Petr Lom travels to Kyrgyzstan, where an ancient tradition of bride kidnapping, banned by the Soviets, is resurgent. Lom gets inside families to talk with kidnapped brides -- those who have managed to escape from their captors as well as those who are making homes with their new husbands. read more

October 2003

Afghanistan: A House For Haji Baba
Life after war in a former Taliban stronghold

After covering the U.S. war in Afghanistan, NPR reporter Sarah Chayes decided to give up her job as a journalist and remain in Afghanistan to help rebuild the country. "I feel like my destiny is tied up with the destiny of this place," says Chayes, who traded her tape recorder for a pickax and shovel to help reconstruct a village outside Kandahar. FRONTLINE/World's Brian Knappenberger chronicles Chayes's bumpy transformation from objective journalist to impassioned aid worker battling bureaucratic red tape, corruption and dangerous warlords. read more

June 2003

Hong Kong: Chasing the Virus
Trying to stop the deadly SARS epidemic

The SARS epidemic may be an early test of the ability of medical science to respond to a swiftly spreading, globalized infectious malady. FRONTLINE/World follows one distinguished researcher to Hong Kong, and China, as he scrambles to help his colleagues around the world grapple with SARS. read more

June 2003

Philippines: Islands Under Siege
A reporter's journey to meet Muslim rebels

Early this year, amidst military preparations for a war in Iraq, the United States announced it was sending 3,000 soldiers to Mindanao, the southernmost region of the Philippines. FRONTLINE/World sent PRI World correspondent Orlando de Guzman, a Filipino reporter from the north, on a journey to Mindanao, where Muslim rebels are fighting a guerrilla war against the Philippine government -- a war in which the United States may soon be embroiled. read more

May 2003

Vietnam: Looking for Home
An expatriate rediscovers his country

More than 30 years ago, the war in Vietnam shattered Nguyen Qui Duc's childhood. Over the years he has returned to his homeland as a journalist, reporting on the country's culture and establishing connections with writers and artists living in Vietnam. This year, Nguyen journeyed to Vietnam for FRONTLINE/World, looking, he says, "for home, for a bit of myself, for a country that always exists in my memory." read more

January 2003

North Korea: Suspicious Minds
A reporter's quirky visit to the forbidding

FRONTLINE/World visits North Korea, which is among the most closed societies on the globe. Traveling as tourists, BBC reporter Ben Anderson and cinematographer Wills Daws peek past the sights planned for them on their guided tour and develop surprising rapport with their ideologically pure official minders. read more

October 2002

Cambodia: Pol Pot's Shadow
Searching for a mysterious executioner

FRONTLINE/World reporter Amanda Pike follows a trail of mass graves to find "Brother Number Two," the former Khmer Rouge commander, living at liberty in the country he helped destroy. From 1975 to 1979, nearly 2 million people died -- and the survivors still live side by side with the perpetrators. read more


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