Stories about East Asia from December, 2005
Cambodian Human Rights Leader Kem Sokha Arrested On New Year's Eve
It looks like 2006 will be an even more difficult year for those fighting for freedom of expression in Cambodia according to this post by Jinja about the New Year's Eve arrest of Kem Sokha. According to news reports, this means that four critics of the government are now in...
Malaysia: Islamic burial of ethnic Indian
The recent controversy over “forced” burial of a Malaysia Everest mountain climber M. Moorthy in accordance to Islamic rites, in which the decision was disputed by Moorthy's family, has stir discussion among public. Earlier, Moorthy's widow Kaliammal Sinnasamy was seeking to declare that her late husband was a Hindu who...
Chinese Blogosphere:Year in Review
The development of blog in 2005 is fast and influential. Compared with early years when blog was first introduced, 2005 is the booming year of Chinese Blogosphere in terms of the number of blogs, quality of posting and recognition of blogging. From perspective of blog hosting service, all the BSPs...
Tsunami: Malaysian blogs reflect a year after
In remembrance of the Tsunami which took place at Asia Pacific in 2004, bloggers around the world were putting up posts to commemorate the event. MackZul dedicated a blog entry to those who have lost and pray that those who live on, are living better lives and even though Chan...
China: Jailed Journalists
the leaky pen writes about three journalists now languishing in Chinese jails: Singapore's Ching Cheong, researcher Zhao Yan of the New York Times and local reporter Shi Tao.
Indonesia: Economists’ Blog
Cafe Salemba is a group blog written by Indonesian economists, one in Jakarta and three studying in the U.S. Recently, they've been writing about subsidies: for education and for art.
Philippines: Jose Rizal Links
On the 109th anniversary of Jose Rizal's execution, Filipino Librarian collects some links to introduce readers to the Philippines’ national hero.
Thailand: Bilingual Posting
Fringer has announced he will be no longer writing as often in English as in Thai: “it is almost impossible to write in different languages without switching between two different “modes of thoughts” as well. It is hard not to think from a “Thai/Eastern” perspective when writing in Thai, and...
Thailand: New Year's Party
At thai-blogs.com, photographs of a company New Year party at a country fair.
Blogging To Improve Cambodia’s Environment
Meet Zarah Jane Almeida who works as a producer for Mlup Baitong's Environmental Advocacy Radio Program. She has been blogging about her work and life at Sreisaat Adventures in Cambodia since January, 2004. Born in Roxas City, known as the seafood capital of the Philippines, she graduated from the University...
Remembrance Week – Tsunami and After
Remembrance Week - Tsunami and After
China: Bloggers Beware of WordPress China
China bloggers have been sounding the alarm about wordpress.com.cn, a free WordPress blog hosting service in China. The service, which has no relationship to WordPress, deletes accounts without warning a short time after registration.
Cambodia: Visit to Movie Star's Wildlife Refuge
On the Khmer440.com forum, keeping_it_riel posts photographs and an account of a visit to Hollywood movie star's Angelina Jolie's $5 million wildlife refuge in Cambodia.
China: The Mystery of the Missing Chinese Blogs
GVO co-founder Ethan Zuckerman discusses on his blog why search engines often miss Chinese blogs in their search results.
Indonesia: One Year After the Tsunami
Indonesia Today by Yosef Ardi updates the progress in the two Indonesian regions most affected by 2005's tsunami: the province of Aceh and the islands of Nias. “One year later, around 100,000 people in Aceh and Nias alone, still live in unacceptable conditions and with minimal access to job opportunities.”
Philippines: Gas Project Runs Out
In the 1990s, the Malampaya underwater gas field was touted as a major move for the Philippines into cleaner energy. Divergent Poles talks about what has happened to the project since then.
Indonesia: Blogger questioned by the police, Tsunami one year after and a Peaceful Christmas Eve
Last week, Herman Saksono, a blogger from Jogjakarta was questioned by the police because he posted (now removed) a modified picture of Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono with Bambang Trihatmodjo, former president Soeharto's son.
Philippines: Filipino Intimacies in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has long been a major destination for Filipinos seeking work. The PCIJ blog hosts a podcast from a journalist who lived there for three years, on how they deal with their loneliness and isolation there.
Japan: Gaudy Game Paddles
Japanduit has colorful photographs of hagoita, wooden paddles used in a traditional Japanese game much like badminton that is played around New Year's. The paddles are adorned with Kabuki images, cartoon characters and representations of celebrities.
China: Scrubbed News Digest
danwei prints a post by a publishing consultant in Shenzhen on Cankao Xiaoxi, a Chinese-language digest of articles from world press formerly restricted to the Communist party elite but now available to the public. “But there are three areas in which Cankao Xiaoxi takes liberties,” he writes. “It runs its...
China: Patients’ Fate
In 2004, China's President Hu Jintao shook the hands of two AIDS patients in a hospital. The resulting exposure changed their lives, and not for the better. EastSouthWestNorth translates a story from China Youth Daily.