Search Results for Tag: Asia
Eco-tourism in China
Xiao Zuo, outdoor adventurer and entrepreneur, represents a growing number of young Chinese interested in exploring their country’s wild places.
Since founding the 54 Traveler tourism company with her husband, she’s organized countless outdoor trips, always emphasizing responsible travel guidelines, like packing out trash and respect for local communities.
Xiao Zuo says she hopes the people who join her excursions will become invested in protecting China’s environment. China’s government has vowed to address environmental concerns after taking a growth-at-all-costs approach during the country’s economic opening.
Listen to the report by Ruth Morris in Hangzhou, China:
DateTuesday 08.10.2013 | 13:48
Committed to non-violence in East Timor
Life in Timor Leste – Asia’s newest nation – has been hard for many. But the decades of violence hit the children hardest. Twenty-three year old Juliao Amaral Dos Santos knows that as well as anyone -that’s why he’s already spent more than half of his young life devoted to creating a safe place for other kids, working with the organization MAC Children United.
Just barley out of university now, he’s already one of the nation’s brightest young leaders.
Listen to the report by Emily Richmond in Dili, Timor Leste:
DateTuesday 24.09.2013 | 13:34
Bhutan’s ‘trash guy’
DateTuesday 17.09.2013 | 12:26
Keeping women safe in Cambodia
In Cambodia, violence against women is a troubling – and common – concern. Ou Ratanak, witnessed it first-hand when he was growing up. He says his uncle physically abused his aunt, but when he brought it up, he was told to mind his own business.
Now, however, he’s making women’s safety his business. And he’s hoping to tackle the problem for future generations, by heading an organization that works with young adults to change attitudes towards sexual violence.
Listen to the report by Irwin Loy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
DateTuesday 13.08.2013 | 11:55
Education for child workers in Thailand
Child labor is widespread in Thailand, and it’s often young immigrants from Myanmar who are most affected. Many children are forced to drop out of school and work in the physically demanding agriculture and seafood industries. And missing school means they don’t have a chance at getting a good job later on and overcoming poverty. Win Win Wa, 16, was born in Thailand her parents are from Myanmar. After having to work as a child, she was helped into an education by a Thai NGO. Now she’s helping others understand the importance of going to school.
Listen to the report by Nik Martin in Mahachai near Bangkok:
DateTuesday 23.07.2013 | 12:32
Lesbian activist speaks out in Vietnam
Nguyen Thanh Tam from Saigon is a lesbian. But being gay in Vietnam is not accepted and not easy. She felt so much discrimination and lack of acceptance that she even considered suicide – until she was encouraged by a teacher to come out. She wanted to help others like her avoid the pain and rejection she had felt, so she decided to raise awareness about homosexuality by organizing a gay pride festival, Viet Pride, in Hanoi. It took place last year for the first time. Tam and the other organizers learned a lot from the first event and are working really hard to make Viet Pride 2013 even better.
Listen to the report by Marianne Brown in Hanoi:
Here’s the Viet Pride website.
DateTuesday 16.07.2013 | 12:02
Wheelchair-bound teen singer steals Vietnam’s heart
Brittle bone disease means Phuong Anh is restricted to a wheelchair. “Moving is ordinary; I can do more,” says the 16-year-old singer. A finalist in Vietnam’s Got Talent, she is inspiring other handicapped youth.
Listen to the report by Marianne Brown in Hanoi:
DateTuesday 11.06.2013 | 12:44
Photos for love
Maika Elan is a photographer in Hanoi, Vietnam. In her country, homosexuals often face discrimination and many are afraid to be open with their sexuality. In a recent photo project called Pink Choice, Maika candidly portrays homosexual love in an effort to encourage tolerance and start discussion on ending discrimination in Vietnam. The photo series has even provided an opportunity for some gay couples to come out to their families.
Listen to the report by Roberto Tofani in Hanoi, presented by Andreas Grigo:
Maika’s website: http://www.maikaelan.com
DateThursday 27.12.2012 | 11:53
The gift of a home
Jayne Kennedy, 24, saw that members of the Orang Asli ethnic minority in Malaysia were living in unstable and unsafe homes. So she got her friends together and founded the organization EPIC Collaborative, which builds sustainable new homes for families there. Jayne used to work in the advertising industry, but found that improving people’s lives, just a few at a time, was a lot more rewarding.
Listen to the report by Subir Che Selia near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:
Learn more about EPIC Collaborative on their website.
DateTuesday 27.11.2012 | 12:43
Empowering Chinese kids with books
Mao Ju, 29, was concerned when she found out that many Chinese children don’t read for fun. She founded a free library in Beijing, for migrant children in particular, to help them discover the pleasure of reading. She involves the kids in the management of the library and encourages them to express their own opinions on the library blog.
Listen to the report by Gaia Manco in Beijing:
Check out the blog that the kids at the library write every day.
DateTuesday 18.09.2012 | 11:58