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· October, 2005

Stories about East Asia from October, 2005

China: Am I A Journalist

  31 October 2005

EastSouthWestNorth asks: “Am I a journalist?” His answer: “If I wanted to become a traditional journalist, I would have become one. Instead, I became an independent blogger by my own choice because the freedom and style appeal to me.”

Myanmar: West is Wrong

  31 October 2005

“What we need is a more serious, thoughtful, creative and most importantly realistic method of assisting the blossoming of democracy” — Burma Watch.com agrees that the West's approach to Burma isn't working.

Philippines: Monster Ball

  31 October 2005

An aswang is an evil, flesh-eating creature in Filipino folklore. They are said to infest particular provinces in the Philippines, one of which is now hosting an aswang festival. Sassy Lawyer writes down her thoughts about the Catholic Church's opposition to the celebration.

Philippines: Technology Salaries

  31 October 2005

Pinoy.Tech.Blog and its readers react to data about information workers’ salaries in the U.S. with the observation that even technicians make 15-20 times more than a technician would be paid in the Philippines: “You can stop wondering about the rising trend in offshored operations.”

North Korea: Crop Failures

  31 October 2005

OneFreeKorea at North Korea zone has information from a Christian aid worker who is reporting widespread crop failures in the hermit state.

Japan: Antique Show

  28 October 2005

Japundit has an article on Nandemo Kantedan, a 10-year-old TV show that, like the popular U.S. series Antiques Roadshow, values people's old junk and makes their wildest dreams come true.

Singapore: Blogger Pleads Guilty

  28 October 2005

Huichieh Loy of From a Singapore Angle reacts to the conviction of the third local blogger charged for making racist comments. Mr. Wang has information about the other players and mitigating factors in the case.

Vietnam: In the Soup

  28 October 2005

On noodlepie‘s suggestion, soup-obsessed No Star Where tries Vietnam's famous noodle soup pho at a pho chain he derided as McPho and is pleasantly surprised.

Cambodian Blogger Little Sopha Learns How To Rock

  28 October 2005

Blogger Little Sopha with member of Michael Learns To Rock Band, in Russian Market, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. According Tharum the news that the touring schedule of a Danish rock band named Michael Learns To Rock, included a date in Phnom Penh, inspired "a wave of euphoria of younger generation...

China: Sprucing Up Blogs

  27 October 2005

Chinese blog service Bokee.com has launched a tour of campuses to teach students how to make more interesting blogs.

Hong Kong: BitTorrent Conviction

  27 October 2005

Chan Nai-Ming has the dubious distinction of being the first person convicted in Hong Kong for seeding films for BitTorrent P2P file-sharing. Chatter Garden has thoughts here and here.

Philippines: Political Ads

  27 October 2005

Manila streetwalker Carlos Celdran is stopped short by a set of billboards on a corner — all depicting heirs of famous political families using sex to hawk consumer goods.

South Korea: Historical Amnesia

  27 October 2005

At The Marmot's Hole, a lively discussion centering around U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton's comment that South Korea's move further away from U.S. interests reflects a “historical amnesia.”

Taiwan: Ally Lost

  27 October 2005

Coming Anarchy comments on Taiwan's latest diplomatic loss: Senegal now recognizes Beijing.

About our East Asia coverage

Oiwan Lam is the North East Asia editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

Mong Palatino is the South East Asia editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

Nevin Thompson is the Japan editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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