Stories about East Asia from October, 2007
Philippines: Spanish Contribution
Jerome Herrera feels history books do not give enough credit to the Spanish contribution to the Philippines.
Myanmar: Burmese Ghosts
Start worrying if you are in Myanmar and the dogs start howling near your house at night.
Malaysia: Forum For Malaysian Unity
Lucia Lai is inviting Malaysians for a solidarity get together in Penang this weekend.
East Timor: Miracle
TimorSunshine thinks every child born in East Timor is a miracle.
Singapore: Blog Advertising
Pricilla Tan does not want to place ads on her blog and discusses blog ads with fellow Singaporean bloggers.
Japan: Kameda hits below the belt
(In)famous for their big mouths and bad behaviour, coupled with showy performances such as singing karaoke after their victories in the ring, the Kamedas have become the media's favourite boxing family. After the title match on Oct. 11, however, the family found themselves in the middle of harsh media bashing.
Kenneth Tan from Shanghaiist reports on facebook's plan to enter China and sums up bloggers’ comments on the move.
China: Online Discussion Control
Josie Liu from China in Transition reports on the tightening up of online discussion control.
Hong Kong: City of Sorrow
Yesterday the Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung visited Tin Shui Wai, a new town with the highest frequency of family tragedy. Erynnyes criticized Cheung did not give any hope(zh) for the new town as the government did not provide any solution to the structural problem in the...
Japan: Life of a Homosexual Foreign Male
David Markle from Japan Probe interviewed Scott, a homosexual foreign male, about his life in Japan.
Jae Young Lee from Ohmynews reports on the North Korea path to de-nuclearization.
Japan: Chinese spectators boo Japanese team, arouse national debate
Ampontan discusses the booing of the Japanese national team by a crowd of Chinese spectators at the Women's World Cup. After losing the game, the Japanese team displayed a banner that read: “Thank you China” in three languages, a gesture which Ampontan describes as “the gold standard for behavior in...
Laos: Farmers Might Need Help
Lao Voices has images from Laos where farmers are trying to save their harvest from flooding earlier this month.
Malaysia: Sex Education Lessons From Malaysia
Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin is happy that Malaysia beats its southern neighbor in at least one area.
Korea: School Field Trips and Income Gap
School excursions are memorable experiences. Being in unfamiliar circumstances and spending several nights with friends give the chance to build stronger friendships and to better understand teachers and other friends. But recently school excursions have become a source of dispute, as wealthier students can afford trips to places that poorer...
China: Province scraps Hukou system
Jeremy Goldkorn at Danwei with breaking news of southwestern Yunnan province's plans to abandon the hukou system, implemented in the 1950s, making it the first province in China to do so: “This is significant news. The hukou system is one of the biggest problems migrant workers face in getting urban...
Malaysia: Kolo Mee
Clare Eng in Eastern Malaysia has taken a liking to Kolo Mee
South Korea: Street Vendor Suicide
CINA explains how the brutal policy of street vendors crackdown leaded to the death of Lee Geunjae, who had been a street vendor for 13 years in the City of Goyang.
South Korea: Worker's Public Suicide
CINA blogs on two workers’ demonstration on 27 October in Seoul, one organized by construction workers, one by irregular workers. In the former protest, a worker committed public suicide by burning himself.
Japan: Fingerprinting to Prevent al-Qaida's Friend of Friend
Justice Minister Kunio Hatoyama explained the need of getting foreigners’ fingerprint was to prevent al-Qaida's “friend of friend” from sneaking into the country with false passports and disguises. However, from what he said, he is also al-Qaida's “friend of friend” as he cited the information from ‘an unidentified “friend of...
Japan: Design Week 2007
Pingmag shows how the design week exhibition (Oct 31 to Nov 4) would look like.