Stories about Ethnicity & Race from April, 2006
Riots and panic in East Timor
Violence broke out in East Timor's capital Dili earlier today. Dili-gence says The usual press outlets have already reported 2 dead and 21 injured. We received a phone call from a Timorese in the current hot area Comorro. People are scared and people have seen smoke rising from the general...
China: Staring happens
Laowiseass‘ Lalaoshi blogs out the reasons why he gets stared at in some places and passed over in others: “I remember no one stared at me in Zhumadian, a Henan province city where foreigners do not go unless they're journalists trying to sneak into the Shangcai AIDS village nearby.”
North Korea: Multiracial Koreas opposed
Antti Leppänen at Hunjangûi karûch'im
Russia: Kateryna Chumachenko's 1983 Letter
Michael Averko, a Diaspora Russian contributing to Russia Blog, writes about the letter that Kateryna Chumachenko, a (formerly) Diaspora Ukrainian wife of president Yushchenko, wrote to the Washington Times 23 years ago. In it, Chumachenko wrongly suggested “that Russian-Americans didn't petition to have Russia listed as a captive nation.” A...
Returning to the countries we come from. Mezba on living in the MidEast, South Asia and Canada. The racism, quality of life and job opportunity confusion all thrown in together.
Understanding the Germans
Pinayexpat, currently living and working in Germany, gives us a peek into her understanding of German people. She observes “They actually place a lot of value on relationships hence, they are wary in the beginning. Friendship isn’t readily given but when it is, you can rely on their sincerity and...
Marriage, Birthday and identity crisis in the Moroccan blogosphere
I'll start today with some good news. The first one: Morocco is among the four African countries which count the biggest numbers of internet users in a continent where only 22 million people use the net, that is 2.5% of the 900 million people living in Africa. But, this number...
Latvia: Dangerous for Russians
All About Latvia writes that, according to one survey, “53 percent of [Russian] respondents named Georgia as the most dangerous country to Russians, while Latvia came second with 29 percent.” Belarus and Kazakhstan are considered the safest.
China: Underdeveloped Western region
Outside In blogger outwits a gang outside a cave during travels in Western China's Muslim-dominated Ningxia Autonomous Region.
DRC: Informal vs. Official World Order
UDPS Liege contrasts (FR) the official world order (UN and other international bodies) to the informal world order (multinational corporations and secret service agencies). According to the informal world order, the DRC is not a sovereign nation, continues the blogger.
Sotho comments on a recent post by Idland on racism against the Chinese population in Lesotho...We have so far only considered the moral and common-sense aspect of the issue. There’s an economic angle. Carrying out hate crimes (if that’s what they are) against foreigners will only: * invite potential investors...
Russia: Ethnically Motivated Violence
Racially and ethnically motivated violence seems to be on the rise in Russia. Some of the most publicized cases that took place in April alone include an attack on a TV journalist of Azeri origin on a subway train in the center of Moscow; an attack on the culture minister...
Quotas in Brazilian Universities: The Online Debate
This post is also available in Portuguese. There is an important public conversation going on in Brazil. Affirmative action quota policies are being implemented in some Brazilian universities*. The debate will heat up in the coming weeks as Congress considers a new law (law project nº 3627/2004) that would establish...
Russia: NGOs Under Attack, Anti-Fascist Killed
Sean Guillory reports on one day's news out of Russia's capital: “Soldiers’ Mothers, HIV/AIDS NGOs Under Attack & Anti-Fascist Murdered in Moscow.”
Sri Lanka: Identity and Nationality
London, Lanka and Drums on identity as being born to Sri Lankan parents but being brought up in the UK.
South Africa: Attitudes towards Chinese
We constantly here about Chinese investments in Africa, but Idland posts on a different aspect of China in Africa. SA English language weekly, Public Eye has been asking readers how they feel about the Chinese and is it ok to mug an Aisan? According to the report there is much...
A Myanmar born American soldier in Iraq
Blogger Sean at Man Actually has a story on a Myanmar born American soldier Ko Wai Phyo Lwin. Lwin died in action in Iraq last year.
Nigeria: Nokia uses indigenous languages
CyBlug reports that Nokia are the first telecoms company to introduce the use of Nigerian languages on their phones (Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo)
Nigeria: 3rd term and ethnicity
Just Thots of a Naijaman discusses the third term issue in ethnic terms.…”With the fight over a fresh third term in office for President Obasanjo gathering momentum, it is becoming evident that oppinions are sharply divided not on the basis of ideology but on the basis of ethnic leaning.”
Hungary: Ramil Safarov Sentenced To Life
Pestiside.hu reviews the coverage of sentencing to life of an Azeri army officer who killed his Armenian colleague while on the NATO's Partnership for Peace training program in Budapest.
Serbia & Montenegro: Posters of War Criminals
Eric Gordy of East Ethnia writes how two Danish artists have responded to the neofascist posters supporting war criminal Ratko Mladic in Belgrade. He also replies with dignity and sarcasm to an abusive anonymous commenter. Balkan Ghost of Finding Karadzic has received a mock poster of another war criminal, Radovan...