Anthony Kuhn http://kunm.org en After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers? http://kunm.org/post/after-two-disasters-can-malaysia-airlines-still-attract-passengers The year 2014 is well on its way to being Malaysia Airlines' <em>annus horribilis</em>. Flight 17, shot down last week over eastern Ukraine, is the second Boeing 777 the airline has lost in the past five months, after MH370 disappeared, it's believed, somewhere over the Indian Ocean.<p>But even before the double calamity, Malaysia's national carrier was struggling to adapt to momentous shifts in Asia's aviation industry.<p>It was expected to announce a restructuring plan even before MH17 was shot down. That plan is expected very soon. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 48420 at http://kunm.org After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers? In 5 Months, 2 Lost Planes: Malaysians Struggle To Cope http://kunm.org/post/5-months-2-lost-planes-malaysians-struggle-cope Malaysia is reeling from the loss of a second plane in five months. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports on the reaction from Malaysians in the country's capital, Kuala Lumpur. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 48215 at http://kunm.org On Its Way To Kuala Lumpur, Plane Brought Down Over Ukraine http://kunm.org/post/its-way-kuala-lumpur-plane-brought-down-over-ukraine Many experts question the decision to fly near the fighting in Ukraine. Some airlines have circumvented the country for weeks. In March, a Malaysia Airlines plane went missing on a flight to Beijing. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:56:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 48194 at http://kunm.org Violence And Other Threats Raise Press Freedom Fears In Hong Kong http://kunm.org/post/violence-and-other-threats-raise-press-freedom-fears-hong-kong On the evening of July 1, just hours after <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/01/327226527/thousands-rally-in-hong-kong-to-call-for-democratic-vote">Hong Kong's biggest pro-democracy protests in years</a>, the printing presses of the <em>Ming Pao</em> newspaper — long respected for its editorial independence — suddenly ground to a halt.<p>The paper's managers removed the bold headlines from the front page and replaced them with new ones that made no mention of the protesters' main demands: free, fair and direct elections for the Chinese-ruled special administrative region.<p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 48076 at http://kunm.org Violence And Other Threats Raise Press Freedom Fears In Hong Kong After Losing An Only Child, Chinese Parents Face Old Age Alone http://kunm.org/post/after-losing-only-child-chinese-parents-face-old-age-alone It's been nearly 3 1/2 decades since China's government started limiting most urban families to one child. The family planning policy successfully slowed the nation's population growth, but it has had some unintended consequences.<p>One is that some parents lose their only children to illness or accidents and end up with no one to care for them in their old age. Now, these parents have gotten together to demand their rights.<p>A group of parents meets at a Beijing restaurant to talk and console each other. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 47838 at http://kunm.org After Losing An Only Child, Chinese Parents Face Old Age Alone Marchers Take To Streets Of Hong Kong To Protest Eroding Autonomy http://kunm.org/post/marchers-take-streets-hong-kong-protest-eroding-autonomy Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Tens of thousands - possibly hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong today. People there are angry about what they call an erosion of the rights Beijing promised them when the former British colony was reclaimed by China. That happened 17 years ago today. And the massive protest came after almost 800,000 people voted in an unofficial referendum calling for more democratic elections. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 47405 at http://kunm.org Clock Is Ticking For Aung San Suu Kyi's Presidential Bid http://kunm.org/post/clock-ticking-aung-san-suu-kyis-presidential-bid Time is running out for Myanmar's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, in her bid to become president.<p>The long-serving political prisoner and democracy activist is now 67. If she wins general elections next year, she could become Asia's most famous politician.<p>But, for now, <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2014/03/economist-explains-3">the country's constitution, which came into effect in 2008, bars her from running</a>. The rule disqualifies anyone whose spouse or children are foreign nationals from holding the office of president or vice president. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:22:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 47224 at http://kunm.org Clock Is Ticking For Aung San Suu Kyi's Presidential Bid In Rift Over Interfaith Ban, A New Fault Line For Burmese Politics http://kunm.org/post/rift-over-interfaith-ban-new-fault-line-burmese-politics Myanmar's parliament is now considering a bill that would restrict marriages of people from different religions. Buddhist nationalists hope it will protect their religion from the spread of Islam and claim it's a way to prevent coerced conversions, but critics lambaste the proposed law as targeting the country's Muslim minority. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 47082 at http://kunm.org Chinese Authorities Ensure Tiananmen Anniversary Passes Quietly http://kunm.org/post/chinese-authorities-ensure-tiananmen-anniversary-passes-quietly Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>25 years ago today, these were some of the sounds from Tiananmen Square, as Chinese soldiers used rifles and tanks to end nearly two months of pro-democracy protests.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF PROTESTS)<p>CORNISH: Hundreds are believed to have died. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 46170 at http://kunm.org In Buddhist-Majority Myanmar, Muslim Minority Gets Pushed To The Margins http://kunm.org/post/buddhist-majority-myanmar-muslim-minority-gets-pushed-margins Thirteen-year-old Zomir Hussein lives with his family in a simple wooden home in a village outside the city of Sittwe, the capital of western Myanmar's Rakhine state. Not long ago, he accidentally overdosed on medicine he was taking to treat his tuberculosis.<p>Now he lies on the floor, his hands curled into claws, his eyes staring vacantly. He cries out to his parents for help. His mother cradles him, and for a moment, he seems to smile.<p>Zomir was getting treatment at the main hospital in downtown Sittwe. Wed, 28 May 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 45838 at http://kunm.org In Buddhist-Majority Myanmar, Muslim Minority Gets Pushed To The Margins China Puts Brass On Trial In Fight Against Military Corruption http://kunm.org/post/china-puts-brass-trial-fight-against-military-corruption China's ongoing crackdown on military corruption may be the toughest — or at least best publicized — in more than six decades of communist rule. Some top brass are on trial, and teams of inspectors have fanned in search of graft.<p>But all of that may seem like a distant light at the end of a long tunnel for former navy captain Tan Linshu. Wed, 14 May 2014 07:45:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 45186 at http://kunm.org China Puts Brass On Trial In Fight Against Military Corruption Columbia Comes Under Fire For Handling Of Sexual Assault Cases http://kunm.org/post/obama-offers-support-and-condolences-somber-south-korea Twenty-three students from Columbia and Barnard say that the university is mishandling allegations of sexual assault. They filed federal complaints with the Department of Education on Thursday. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 44387 at http://kunm.org Obama Raises Curtain On 4-Country East Asia Trip http://kunm.org/post/obama-raises-curtain-4-country-east-asia-trip Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. President Obama has arrived in Japan on a weeklong trip that will also include stops in South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. Along with trade talk, President Obama will be trying to reassure leaders that the U.S. will not abandon them. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 44278 at http://kunm.org S. Korean Community Waits And Prays For Its Missing Students http://kunm.org/post/s-korean-community-waits-prays-its-missing-students Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. For the first time since a ferry capsized and sank off the coast of South Korea Wednesday, divers have begun to recover bodies from inside the sunken vessel. The death toll has passed 50 with more than 250 still missing. Most of the passengers were students from a single high school outside the capital city. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports on the community and how they're coping.<p>ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Tears are wiped and shoulders are padded at the Dream Church. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 44106 at http://kunm.org Search Continues For Nearly 300 Missing In South Korea Ferry Accident http://kunm.org/post/search-continues-nearly-300-missing-south-korea-ferry-accident The search continues for survivors and answers in the South Korean ferry disaster. NPR's Anthony Kuhn offers details on the latest developments. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 43998 at http://kunm.org Anger Boils Over For Families Of Flight 370 Passengers http://kunm.org/post/anger-boils-over-families-flight-370-passengers Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. It's not often that an airline accident triggers street protests, but that's exactly what happened in the Chinese capital this week. On Monday, Malaysia announced that the flight, MH370, was lost at sea with no survivors. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 43117 at http://kunm.org News Of Flight 370's Suspected End Is Met With Relatives' Despair http://kunm.org/post/news-flight-370s-suspected-end-met-relatives-despair Malaysia's prime minister concluded that Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 "ended in the southern Indian Ocean," setting off howls of grief and anger among passengers' families. The search continues for debris that would confirm the flight crashed. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 42910 at http://kunm.org Malaysian Prime Minister Announces Airliner Went Down http://kunm.org/post/malaysian-prime-minister-announces-airliner-went-down Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. We have breaking news this morning on the status of the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 307. Earlier this hour Malaysia's prime minister announced that the government there now believes the plane is lost.<p>PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK: It's therefore, with deep sadness and regret, that I must inform you that Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.<p>INSKEEP: Ended up in the ocean, according to Prime Minister Najib Razak. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 42887 at http://kunm.org For Flight 370 Families, Every Day Is 'Torment' http://kunm.org/post/flight-370-families-every-day-torment Family members of the passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have grown increasingly frustrated in the nearly two weeks since the flight disappeared. Despite the efforts of airline and government officials, many relatives are angry about the lack of information. Some have even threatened to hunger strike in protest against the lack of information.<p>For many family members gathered at a Beijing hotel, the glare of media attention can be harsh. One minute, they are swatting away intrusive reporters who stick cameras and microphones in their tear-streaked faces. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 42752 at http://kunm.org For Flight 370 Families, Every Day Is 'Torment' Politics And Power Complicate The Airliner Search http://kunm.org/post/politics-and-power-complicate-airliner-search Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. We begin this hour with the politics of a vanishing airliner. The search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 now covers well over 2 million square miles. Twenty-six countries are still involved, 10 days after the plane's disappearance. In a few moments, we'll hear from the U.S. Navy about their efforts.<p>CORNISH: Meantime, China's ambassador to Malaysia says background checks of Chinese passengers on the plane turn up no links to terrorism. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 42642 at http://kunm.org Search For Malaysian Jet Turns Its Focus To The Crew http://kunm.org/post/search-malaysian-jet-turns-its-focus-crew Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.<p>Malaysia is reaching out to dozens of countries as it expands the search for an airliner that went missing almost nine days ago. This comes after new data indicates that the plane flew for hours after it last made contact with civilian radar. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:51:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 42534 at http://kunm.org Malaysia Airlines Flight Vanishes With 239 On Board http://kunm.org/post/malaysia-airlines-flight-vanishes-239-board A Malaysian Airlines flight went off the radar on its flight from Kuala Lampur to Beijing with 239 people on board. Three Americans were on board, including an infant. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:53:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 42195 at http://kunm.org Chinese Superstar Lifts Ivory Cause Onto His Shoulders http://kunm.org/post/chinese-superstar-lifts-ivory-cause-his-shoulders Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Chinese leaders and lawmakers are huddled in Beijing for the annual session of parliament, and one man towers above the rest. That's because he's seven feet, six inches tall. The former Houston Rocket center Yao Ming is one of China's best-known athletes. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 42136 at http://kunm.org Three Years Later, A Harrowing Visit To Fukushima http://kunm.org/post/three-years-later-harrowing-visit-fukushima On Thursday night, I stayed at a motel in the town of Hirono, just outside a restricted zone in Fukushima Prefecture. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 41368 at http://kunm.org Three Years Later, A Harrowing Visit To Fukushima Chinese Flock To The Countryside For A More Authentic New Year http://kunm.org/post/chinese-flock-countryside-more-authentic-new-year China goes back to work Friday after a weeklong holiday marking the Year of the Horse. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:25:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 40983 at http://kunm.org Chinese Flock To The Countryside For A More Authentic New Year Chinese Red Guards Apologize, Reopening A Dark Chapter http://kunm.org/post/chinese-red-guards-apologize-reopening-dark-chapter For most of the past half century, China has avoided a full accounting for one of the darkest chapters of its recent history: the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976.<p>During that time, Chairman Mao Zedong's shock troops — Communist youth known as Red Guards — persecuted, tortured or even killed millions of Chinese, supposed "class enemies."<p>Now, some Red Guards have issued public apologies to their victims, a rare example of the ruling party allowing public discussion of its historic mistakes.<p>Some observers hope the apologies will lead to fuller public discussion of this turbulent decade i Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:03:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 40898 at http://kunm.org Chinese Red Guards Apologize, Reopening A Dark Chapter A Crusader Against Corruption, Chinese Activist Sentenced To Jail http://kunm.org/post/crusader-against-corruption-chinese-activist-sentenced-jail China's government has recently jailed officials and issued a slew of new rules to curb corruption, but it's apparently not an effort that independent citizens groups are welcome to join.<p>On Sunday, a Chinese court sentenced Xu Zhiyong, a leading proponent of civil society, to four years in jail. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 40527 at http://kunm.org A Crusader Against Corruption, Chinese Activist Sentenced To Jail An Execution In North Korea Has A Chilling Effect In China http://kunm.org/post/execution-north-korea-has-chilling-effect-china North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shocked the world last month when he accused his uncle and mentor of treason and had Jang Song Thaek executed.<p>The consequences of that purge are reaching beyond North Korea's border. Jang had been in charge of trade with China, and his death has had a chilling effect on ties with North Korea's neighbor and longtime ally.<p>Nowhere is that being felt more acutely than in China's northeast, where Chinese freight trains rumble across a bridge over the Yalu River and into North Korea. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 39943 at http://kunm.org An Execution In North Korea Has A Chilling Effect In China Lure Of China's Gray Economy Reaches Rich And Poor http://kunm.org/post/gray-income-makes-estimated-12-percent-chinas-gdp The income gap is growing dramatically in China and the rich are getting exponentially richer — the richest 10 percent of China's population are more than three times wealthier than the official figures.<p>Much of that undeclared wealth is what Chinese people call "gray income," including proceeds from corruption and other ethically "gray" areas of the economy.<p>Living on the margins of the "gray economy" are people like migrant laborer Wang Haichuan. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:41:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 39617 at http://kunm.org Lure Of China's Gray Economy Reaches Rich And Poor Filipino Priest Suffers With His Flock Amid Typhoon's Ruins http://kunm.org/post/filipino-priest-suffers-his-flock-amid-typhoons-ruins Three young men dig a grave in a churchyard in San Joaquin Parish, a collection of about a dozen barrios outside Tacloban, the Philippine provincial capital ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan two weeks ago.<p>They roll an unidentified body wrapped only in blue plastic sheeting up to the grave on a squeaky trolley.<p>They drag the body into the pit, which is too small for it. The soft, sandy soil falls from their shovels, and in a minute, the crumpled blue figure disappears under the earth.<p>The local priest, the Rev. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:17:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 38164 at http://kunm.org Filipino Priest Suffers With His Flock Amid Typhoon's Ruins