News and Investigative Reporting

Justin Heifetz is a freelance reporter based in Seoul, reporting from South Korea and across Asia. Here are some of his recent stories from around the region, as featured on VICE, CNN and others.

VICE Magazine
Foreign Domestic Worker Abuse Is Rampant in Hong Kong

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Beyond Borders: This is what it’s like to be a refugee in Hong Kong

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South Korea’s First Drag Parade Was a Win for Queer Visibility

How Activists Fought to Keep LGBTQ+ Content on Weibo, China’s Version of Twitter

The Outline
North Korean defectors are learning English so they can survive in South Korea

VICE.com
India’s Transgender Hijra Community Searches for Acceptance

The Elderly Gay Filipinos Who Perform in Drag to Survive
The Women Fighting for the Right to Leave a Marriage
Young Filipinos Discuss Their Fears Amid the Country’s HIV Epidemic
Despite Progressive Neighbors, Hong Kong Remains Backward on LGBTQ Rights
How Hong Kong’s Patchy Sex Work Laws Enable Predatory Cops
The Struggles and Hard Choices of Hong Kong’s Aging Mentally Challenged Population
Hong Kong’s Government Is Spending Billions Taking Land from the Sea
Hong Kong Has No Space Left for the Dead
Hong Kong Has Nearly Run Out of Space for Its Garbage

How to Track a Triad, Hong Kong’s Criminal Syndicates
Pokémon Go Inspired This App for Hunting Hong Kong’s Haunted Apartments
This Hong Kong Startup Is Quietly Making North America’s New Favorite Sex Toy
This Hong Kong Tech Startup Is Hustling Haunted Apartments to Millennial Expats
Hong Kong’s Sex Workers Are Ditching Their Pimps for iPhones
Inside the Dubious Schools Training Filipina Women for Domestic Work Overseas
In Hong Kong, Accessing Abortion Is Difficult, Expensive, and Dangerous
Inside the Intense Training Centers Where Young Girls Compete to Be K-Pop Stars
The Teen Girls Trying to Make It in Hong Kong’s ‘Cantopop’ Music Industry
For Hong Kong’s ‘Compensated Daters,’ the Payoff Is Complicated
Vagina Steaming Isn’t as Glamorous as Gwyneth Paltrow Makes It Sound
Hong Kong’s Complicated, Bustling Lady Boy Sex Industry
India’s Aging Sex Workers Are Facing a Healthcare Crisis
People in One of the Most Polluted Cities Don’t Know What’s Poisoning Them

The Philippine Government is Powerless to Stop the Rise of HIV
Noise Pollution and Toxic Smog: Why Hong Kong Can’t Sleep
Failure is Worse than Death for Hong Kong’s Youth
Hong Kong’s Lack of Sex Ed is Driving Up STI Rates

Roads & Kingdoms
No Sanctuary in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Bizarre Noah’s Ark Theme Park

The Diplomat
Hong Kong’s Mental Health Crisis

Hakai Magazine
Hong Kong’s Napoleon Wrasse Complex

La Croix
As President visits, Beijing plays up terror threat in Hong Kong

South China Morning Post
Cocaine, gambling, and ghosts: a day in the life of Hong Kong’s overloaded social workers

Transgender prisoners in Hong Kong suffer sexual assault, denial of hormones

CNN.com
Great Barrier Reef suffering ‘unprecedented’ damage

Justin Bieber impersonator charged with more than 900 child sex offenses
China considers baby bonus for couples to have second child
Oscars ‘La La Land’ flub joins list of embarrassing award show errors
Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan confirm April 23 bout
What is VX nerve agent, and what could North Korea do with it?
Ocean oxygen levels drop 2% in 50 years, Nature study finds
Chinese poultry markets closed to stop spread of avian flu
More than 100 die as avalanches bury villages in Afghanistan, Pakistan
Tillerson refuses to condemn Duterte’s war on drugs
Philippines: Devotees jostle for 22 hours to touch Black Nazarene