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People walk by Stuart Cinema & Cafe in Brooklyn, NY, one of the locations screening a documentary on the 2019 Hong Kong protests.

Controversial documentary on Hong Kong protests airs in U.S.

Lausky Liu, Contributor December 17, 2021

A documentary about Hong Kong’s 2019 pro-democracy protests hit the big screen in multiple cities on Dec. 11, making the U.S. the first country to show the controversial film, after its debut in a few...

Peng Shuai at 2014 Qatar Open.

glimpse(China) — Weekly Roundup: WTA suspends games in China, new surveillance system targets journalists, Didi delists from NYSE and more

Lausky Liu, Contributor December 6, 2021

I. WTA stand its ground Women's Tennis Association (WTA) announced a decision to suspend tournaments in China, including Hong Kong, after the tennis star Peng Shuai disappeared from public view following...

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glimpse(China) — Weekly Roundup: China sees lowest birthrate in over 40 years, Taiwan is invited to U.S. democracy summit and more

Lausky Liu, Contributor November 30, 2021

I. China’s latest statistical yearbook reported its lowest birth rate since 1978, with 8.52 births per 1,000 people, the first time the figure has dropped below 10. The gender disparity is still severe...

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glimpse(China) — Weekly Roundup: Xi & Biden summit, citizens release, Xi consolidates power and more

Lausky Liu, Contributor November 22, 2021

I. Chinese leader Xi Jinping and President Biden held a virtual summit on Nov. 16, the first formal meeting since Biden became president. White House officials said to expect no deliverables, but a few...

The heart of the African area, Yuexiu District in Guangzhou. Photo by Anna Frodesiak/Wikimedia Commons

Africans targeted amid China’s draconian ‘zero-Covid’ mission

Lausky Liu November 16, 2021

China has been indulging in its “zero-COVID” mission since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, leading towns and cities to abrupt lockdowns despite rare numbers of positive cases. Africans living...

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As Nobel celebrates journalists, China reiterates its news crackdown

Lausky Liu October 13, 2021

On the same day that two journalists were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their dedicated efforts pushing press freedoms under authoritarian governments and dictatorial leaders, China re-emphasized its...

Aftercare for sex workers: A long-term struggle

Aftercare for sex workers: A long-term struggle

Kelly Garrity August 9, 2021

Years ago, the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement initiated a program to help victims of child trafficking. Though the survivors in the first cohort were no longer children, many were trafficked at such...

Local Thai NGO fights sex-trafficking of children

Local Thai NGO fights sex-trafficking of children

Mihiro Shimano July 1, 2021

When Boom Mosby first began the HUG Project in 2011, aimed at helping children who had been sex trafficked, she said it stood out: Few non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, specifically targeted anti-trafficking...

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Q&A: What is human trafficking?

Kelly Garrity June 28, 2021

What is human trafficking?   The legal definition of human trafficking varies among state, federal and international laws. But human trafficking is generally defined as any crime that involves...

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Allegations of sexual misconduct at Exodus Road

Matt Carroll June 24, 2021

This is Part 2 of a multi-part series.  Sign up here to be alerted when new stories are posted: Part 1: Furor erupts over anti-sex trafficker Exodus Road     Twenty years ago, Natasha...

Street scene in Thailand.
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Furor erupts over anti-sex trafficker Exodus Road

Matt Carroll June 21, 2021

This is a multi-part series. Sign up here to be alerted when new stories are posted.   The red flags started for Allison Weber even before she started work with Exodus Road. At a supper in Thailand...

Tens of thousands of protesters waving US flags marched on Hong Kongs US Consulate to call for help from Trump. Featured Photo by Joseph Chan.

Hongkongers split over the US presidential election

Lausky Liu December 22, 2020

Hongkongers, especially those in Generation Z, are wondering -- and are worried -- about how the victory by President-elect Joe Biden will affect their future.  Young adults in Hong Kong believe...

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