30 episodes

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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    Nepal's Mighty Gurkhas | 101 East

    Nepal's Mighty Gurkhas | 101 East

    Every year, thousands of young Nepalese men endure gruelling physical training, punishing runs and relentless scrutiny for what they see as a chance of a lifetime - the opportunity to become a Gurkha soldier in the British Army.

    Only 432 will make it.

    For boys from remote mountain villages, it can be a pathway out of poverty - not just for them, but for their entire families.

    But first, they must survive a brutal selection process.

    Major Sandy Nightingale, who runs the recruitment process, adopts a no-holds-barred approach when telling the candidates what to expect.

    "If you join the British Army Brigade of Gurkhas, you have to be prepared to sacrifice your life to protect the UK, your fellow soldiers and the Gurkhas Brigade," he tells them.

    Kamal Gurung, who comes from a family of farmers, has been training for this moment for years. He is desperate to help lift his family out of poverty and transform their lives in one of the world's poorest countries.

    "If I succeed, I'll be able to give my family a normal life, and all the happiness they deserve. They'll feel like their hard work finally paid off," he says.

    But will he make it through the punishing endurance tests and stringent medical examinations?

    101 East follows Nepal's latest hopeful recruits as they battle it out to see who has what it takes to join the legendary Gurkhas.

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    • 25 min
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    Virus Lockdown in Beijing | 101 East

    Virus Lockdown in Beijing | 101 East

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    • 25 min
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    Japan: The Age Of Social Withdrawal | 101 East

    Japan: The Age Of Social Withdrawal | 101 East

    Kenji Yamase spends his days in his bedroom.

    The 54-year-old has been a "hikikomori" all of his adult life. The term describes Japanese who rarely interact with society beyond their family.

    "It's a sense or feeling that you shouldn't be here. Even if you are here, you feel like you aren't yourself," Kenji says.

    Japan is home to more than one million hikikomori, according to recent government surveys. Many of them are over the age of 40 and rely heavily on their elderly parents.

    Kenji lives with his 88-year-old mother. "Year by year, I can feel that she's deteriorating ... I worry about her, but I don't know what to do, so I feel very bad," he says. "I feel sad thinking about when she's gone."

    An increasing number of school students are also choosing to shun the outside world. Known as "futoko", these children blame a rigid education system, bullying and strict parenting for their social withdrawal. It has led to NGOs setting up education centres across the country as an alternative to Japan's strict schools.

    Umi Maekita, who runs Nemonet Free School, says most children who attend these centres eventually return to the mainstream education system. He says early intervention can prevent a lifetime of isolation.

    "Telling them to go back to work or go back to school straight away is not the way," he says.

    101 East meets the young and old who feel lost in Japan.

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    • 26 min
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    Fiji: Destroying Paradise | 101 East

    Fiji: Destroying Paradise | 101 East

    Fiji is sold to tourists as the land of white sandy beaches and clear blue waters but a new resort development is threatening the Pacific nation's idyllic image.

    A Chinese-owned company is building a casino hotel on Malolo Island, near a world-famous surf break.

    Landowners claim that without any permits or permission, the company has ripped up 5,000 square metres (53,820 square feet) of the ancient reef, ploughed through a mangrove forest used by locals to source food, and illegally encroached on their property.

    101 East investigates how one of the country's biggest resort developments is wreaking havoc on Fiji's pristine environment.

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    • 25 min
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    Australia's Wildlife Emergency | 101 East

    Australia's Wildlife Emergency | 101 East

    For more than six months, Australia has been on fire.

    Millions of hectares have burned, dozens of lives have been lost, thousands of homes destroyed - and now a wildlife emergency is unfolding.

    It is estimated that as many as one billion animals have been killed. With bushland scorched, more animals are continuing to succumb to the loss of food and habitat.

    101 East travels to Kangaroo Island, a tourist destination off Australia's southern coast which has been ravaged by fires.

    Known for its stunning natural beauty and abundance of wildlife, conservation groups are now in a race against time to try to rescue and care for the island's sick and injured animals.

    Evan Quartermain, an ecologist, has been helping rescue as many of the surviving animals as he can, including the country's much-loved koalas.

    About 80 percent of the koalas' habitat on Kangaroo Island was wiped out by the flames.

    "There's corpses littering the ground. Nothing could have prepared me for it," says Quartermain. "It's extremely confronting, the amount of death."

    Another ecologist, Pat Hodgens, is trying to help save one of the world's most vulnerable species, the Kangaroo Island dunnart, a small mouse-like marsupial.

    There were thought to be less than 500 of them before the fires, but nearly all of their habitat has been destroyed.

    "This could be the next species to go extinct," he says.

    101 East meets the dedicated people fighting to save Australia's native animals.

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    • 26 min
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    China On Campus | 101 East

    China On Campus | 101 East

    Australia's universities are embroiled in a growing geopolitical storm.

    In recent months, pro and anti-Beijing groups have clashed on campuses amid rising concerns over the Chinese government's expanding power abroad.

    Universities earn billions of dollars a year from student fees and research collaborations with China, but there are growing fears these lucrative arrangements may be putting academic institutions, and even national security, at risk.

    As government ministers warn that the country faces an "unprecedented level of threat" from foreign interference, 101 East investigates the infiltration of Australia's universities by Beijing.


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    • 25 min

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