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A weekly current affairs documentary programme that focuses on Asia, its diverse cultures, and conflicting politics.

101 East Al Jazeera English

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A weekly current affairs documentary programme that focuses on Asia, its diverse cultures, and conflicting politics.

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    South Korea's Spycams Exposed | 101 East

    South Korea's Spycams Exposed | 101 East

    They have been found everywhere - in bathrooms, subways, hotels, even schools.

    Thousands of tiny cameras hidden across South Korea secretly record people’s most private moments, with the footage distributed online.

    Arrests for “molka”, the Korean word for hidden camera, have soared in the last decade, with perpetrators coming from all corners of society - from a television anchor and a K-pop star to doctors.

    Even teachers have confessed to hiding cameras in school bathrooms, filming children and colleagues.

    101 East investigates how one of the most connected countries in the world is waging war against digital sex crimes.

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    • 26 min
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    Justice for Thailand's Disappeared | 101 East

    Justice for Thailand's Disappeared | 101 East

    Since 1980, the United Nations has recorded 82 cases of forced disappearances in Thailand. Some people have been found dead, others are never found at all.

    Fear of government retaliation means families of the disappeared are often left to fight their cases alone.

    But when the beloved Thai human rights activist Wanchalerm Satsaksit was abducted in Cambodia in June, the public did not stay quiet.

    His disappearance has sparked fresh calls for justice, not only for Wanchalerm but also for those who went missing before him.

    101 East investigates Thailand’s missing dissidents and their families’ journeys to find their loved ones.

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    • 25 min
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    The Philippines' Queen of Extortion | 101 East

    The Philippines' Queen of Extortion | 101 East

    From a ramshackle village north of Manila, a seedy criminal enterprise is taking place.

    Using social media and fake personas, a ruthless young gang is luring unsuspecting men from around the world into explicit online chats.

    The men then discover the chats have been secretly recorded and will be publicly released unless they pay vast sums of money.

    While the scam is making the criminal syndicate rich, it is leading some of the victims to suicide.

    101 East investigates a lucrative online "sextortion" racket in the Philippines.


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    • 25 min
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    Young, Black and Behind Bars | 101 East

    Young, Black and Behind Bars | 101 East

    Across Australia, Indigenous people are disproportionately arrested and locked up - some as young as 10 years old.

    In this special report, former inmates reveal what it is like to be imprisoned as a child.

    As the Black Lives Matter Movement resonates across the globe and Indigenous Australians lead nationwide protests, families describe the heartbreak of losing a loved one to a life behind bars.

    From outback communities to inside a youth jail, 101 East goes to the front lines of the criminal justice system in Western Australia, the state with the country’s highest rate of Indigenous incarceration.

    • 50 min
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    America's Anti-Asian Pandemic | 101 East

    America's Anti-Asian Pandemic | 101 East

    They have been stabbed, had acid thrown at them and barred from public transport. This is now a reality for some Asian Americans bearing the brunt of increasing tensions between the United States and China.

    The COVID-19 pandemic and US presidential race are creating the perfect storm, as experts warn the two countries could be heading towards a new Cold War.

    As President Donald Trump blames China for the virus, two-thirds of surveyed Americans say they do not trust the country and Americans of Asian descent are increasingly being violently attacked.

    101 East investigates what the battle of the superpowers means for Asian Americans.

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    • 25 min
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    Bhutan: The Pursuit of Happiness | 101 East

    Bhutan: The Pursuit of Happiness | 101 East

    In the small, secluded country of Bhutan, happiness is not just a traditional way of life - it is a national statistic.

    Bhutan’s government introduced "Gross National Happiness" as a measure of the nation’s progress.

    Opening the country up to international tourism has allowed for some development, but the weight of tradition still weighs heavily on the kingdom’s young generation. Not everyone gets to enjoy the perks of a modern lifestyle.

    101 East explores the cost of happiness in this hermit kingdom.

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    • 25 min

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