Stories about East Asia from 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.”
“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.
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.
Flying Yangban‘s Andy, guestblogging at The Marmot's Hole, looks at the result of the recent by-election.
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.”
OneFreeKorea at North Korea zone has information from a Christian aid worker who is reporting widespread crop failures in the hermit state.
Mr. Wang recalls his days prepping witnesses as a deputy public prosecutor in Singapore:
Virtual-Doug watches a house being built in Vietnam.
‘concentration’ by awfulsara “A young monk by candlelight, brow furrowed in not quite peaceful contemplation.”
Indonesian blogosphere: Season of forgiveness, Indonesian poor and parliament member salary increase
Next week on Thursday, million of Indonesian are going to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr that mark the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, this simply the biggest holiday in Indonesia the most populous Muslim country in the world.
A new blog has an unhealthy obsession: taking pictures of people wandering Shanghai in their pajamas.
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.
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.
Working in Korea lists seven things he finds different about Korean workplaces.
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.
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...
Chinese blog service Bokee.com has launched a tour of campuses to teach students how to make more interesting blogs.
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.
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.
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.”
Coming Anarchy comments on Taiwan's latest diplomatic loss: Senegal now recognizes Beijing.