Tag: Southeast Asia

The Price of Recycling Old Laptops: Toxic Fumes in Thailand’s Lungs

ImageForeign workers sorting through piles of shredded e-waste on the premises of New Sky Metal in Thailand in September.Credit…Bryan Denton for The New York Times KOH KHANUN, Thailand — Crouched on the ground in a dimly lit factory, the women picked through the discarded innards of the modern world: batteries, circuit boards and bundles of […]

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‘Our River Was Like a God’: How Dams and China’s Might Imperil the Mekong

ON THE MEKONG RIVER — When the Chinese came to the village of Lat Thahae, perched on a muddy bend of a Mekong River tributary, they scrawled a Chinese character on the walls of homes, schools and Buddhist temples. No one in this isolated hamlet in northern Laos could read what it said. But the […]

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Is Huawei a Security Threat? Vietnam Isn’t Taking Any Chances

HANOI, Vietnam — The battle for technological dominance between the United States and China is splitting the world in two, though not always along the lines you might expect. American allies such as Britain and Germany have signaled that they are unlikely to back Washington’s effort to stop countries from working with the Chinese technology […]

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In War for ‘Bloodwood’ Prized in China, Thai Rangers Fight Tree Poachers

Thai forest rangers and recruits in Ta Phraya National Park. Ben C. Solomon/The New York Times TA PHRAYA NATIONAL PARK, Thailand — The rangers walked for hours in almost complete silence through the dense Thai forest, never speaking above a whisper. Even in the early morning, the leaves were dripping with wet heat. The scout […]

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Her Tears of Joy Celebrated the Resilience of a Battered Team

RENNES, France — She has not played a second in the Women’s World Cup. In fact, she is not a player at all. But Nualphan Lamsam of Thailand has provided one of the tournament’s most viral, celebrative and heartwarming moments, representing a team that has been widely applauded for responding to overwhelming defeat with dignity […]

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