Stories about East Asia from September, 2007
Myanmar: “Oh yeah, everything is fine”
Myanmar blogger MoeMaKa Media writes about the need for consensus in statements made by Burmese citizens abroad in order to effectively support the struggle in Myanmar.
Taiwan: Whose land?
The indigenous Smangus people consider a wind-fall beech tree is in their territory, but the Forestry Bureau doesn't agree. Bloggers discuss, how do we decide who is the owner of the land?
Myanmar: Japanese Reactions to Journalist's Killing
New Mandala has summary of reactions from Japan on the Japanese Video journalists killing by Myanmar troops.
China: Reality shows forbidden
No one would forget how popular Super Girl was on 2005. As a talent-search reality competition, it created a miracle both in economy and culture impact. Besides over 400 millions viewers watching the final episode, varied fans clubs founded across China and a revenue of 9 figures high in total,...
Myanmar: Prayer Meets and Support in Neighbouring Countries
Protest vigils and prayer meets in support of the protesting monks in Myanmar are being held in neighboring countries. This post has some images and videos from South East Asian countries.
Japanese cameraman killed in Myanmar
During a demonstration on September 27, Japanese photojournalist Nagai Kenji was killed while reporting on the ongoing unrest in Myanmar. Initially, news reports were that Nagai had likely been struck by a “stray bullet” when security forces opened fire on protestors. However, as written by Hosaka Nobuto, an opposition politician,...
Myanmar: Internet Blocked
The follwing post is from a Burmese blogger who wishes to remain anonymous. There have been massive support from Myanmar bloggers for the current protest activities, and the whole Myanmar blogosphere is overwhelmed with news and photos. Because of that, Myanmar Junta got chickened out and banned the political blogs,...
Myanmar: Information Blackout
Blog of Nyein Chan Yar writes that internet, landline and mobile connections are going down in Myanmar.
Cambodia: Cambodians Hold a Vigil for Myanamar
Cambodian blogger Mean Lux has posted images from a vigil they held in front of Myanmar embassy this morning.
Korea: Myanmar and Korea
How do Koreans think about the Myanmar situation? Interestingly, many bloggers strongly feel an attachment to this situation and link it to Korean history. The Myanmar situation reminded some bloggers of their own experiences in the 1980s of Korea. 고등학교 시절 까지 줄곧 미얀마라는 곳을 버마라고 부르기 시작하면서, 버마는 내게...
Malaysia: Demostration in Support of Myanmar
Elizabeth Wong has posted images of the demonstrations that took place earlier today in front of Myanmar embassy in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
Myanmar: Soldiers fighting each other
Yangon Thu has linked to reports coming in from Myanmar (via Mizimma, in Burmese) talking about infighting between the factions in the army. “The Battalions from Middle Burma and South East Burma are said to have left for Yangon. Rumors are rampant that there is trouble within the Army itself...
Taiwan: 3 Billion Wind Power Investment
Micheal Turton highlights the news on 3 billion wind power installation in Taiwan.
Myanmar: Soldiers back down in Mandalay
Monks continued their protests on Thursday, 27th September. The following post has links to the happenings on September 27, and eyewitness accounts and translated excerpts from Burmese blogs sent in by a Burmese blogger.
China: Chinese Government's Role In Myanmar
Bonnae from 1510.com comments that the recent crisis in Myanmar has put Beijing in an embarrassed position as there will be more international pressure to China on the one hand, on the other hand, there is some economic interest between China and Myanmar, for example, there is a planned oil...
China: Should Citizen Reporter Get Sponsor For News?
The first self-claimed citizen reporter in China, Zoula, tries to engage in a discussion on whether or not citizen reporter should get sponsor for their reports (zh). Zoula has been reporting on news about nail house and forced land expropriation. From time to time, he receives cash and material sponsor...
China: Three Gorges’ Environmental Problem
Official media in China finally admitted that if “no preventive measures are taken, the project could lead to catastrophe”. Chris O'Brien from Beijing Newspeak regards the reports a positive attitude for the Chinese Government in tackling the environmental problem in China.
Cambodia: Supporting the Red Shirt Campaign
Ms. K, a Cambodian blogger, remember a Burmese friends and asks readers to support the red shirt campaign.
Singapore: Rojak or Mixture Salad
Culture Shiok writes about the popular salad dish in Singapore and Malaysia called Rojak and how the societies in these countries are also referred to as Rojak.
China: Bloggers side with Burmese monks
Chinese government talk of non-intervention in the violent crushing of democracy protests this week in the Myanmar capital Yangon hasn't resonated much with a number of high-profile Chinese bloggers, with several taking the risk of openly joining the Red Shirt for Burma campaign and calling for their readers to do the same.
Myanmar: Citizen Journalism
Bangkok Parlour on Citizen Journalism in Myanmar. “Citizen journalism has arrived in Burma. And, while the risks to those who courageously capture the deplorable realities of life today in Burma are great, the potential rewards to the country as a whole are greater. Images today speak louder than words.”