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· July, 2008

Stories about East Asia from July, 2008

China: VPN to beat Olympic internet censorship

Via PandaPassport‘s Rick Martin on Facebook: “For anyone inside China, this is a great way to be able to view whatever content you like. Just a quick software install and...

Vietnam: Economic woes and bicycles

Because of economic downturn, more people are using their bicycles again to save money in Vietnam, as reported by The Comical Hat

Vietnam: Floating market

Mango shake, anyone?? published several pictures of a floating market in Can Tho, Vietnam.

East Timor: Coffee economics

Dili-gence blogs about the coffee industry in East Timor

East Timor: Media for peace

The head of media agencies in Timor-Leste participated in a joint press conference to raise awareness for the 100 Day Peace Campaign celebrated around the world. The specific theme in...

Lithuania: President Abstains from Attending Olympics

Lituanica reports that the Lithuanian president, Valdas Adamkus, has decided not to attend the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing.

China: All shook up by the torch relay

It's a double-edged Olympic torch. Veteran sports journalist Guan Jun shares a short sketch on his Beijing Olympics blog of how disruptive preparations for the torch relay proved to be...

Formoz Festival 2008: Don't wanna say goodbye

Here is wikipedia's explanation of the annual Formoz Festival: The annual Formoz Festival, Spring Scream, and Gung-liao Ho-hai-yan Rock Festival are representative gatherings within Taiwan's indie scene. Of these, Formoz...

Korea: Fan Death and Your Belief

There is a myth that has been handed down from generation to generation in Korea. “The fan death.” If you sleep with a fan on in an airtight room, you...

Nepal: On China, media and the Olympics

Blogdai on China deciding to reverse its pledge to offer complete media freedom, and planning to censor the Internet used by foreign media during the Olympics.

China: Sneak peak at Beijing Games opening ceremony

Danwei.org has been on a very long roll with its Olympics coverage, and now founder Jeremy Goldkorn has found clips of an opening ceremony rehearsal taken covertly by a Korean...

Cambodia: Unofficial election results

Monivong Boulevard posts the unofficial election results in Cambodia.

Thailand: Transvestite toilets

A school in Northeastern Thailand has introduced “transvestite toilets” for male students who choose to dress as females. Connecting the dots criticizes the new toilets.

Brunei: Extreme skateboard competition

In celebration of His Majesty the Sultan’s 62nd Birthday, a skateboard competition was held in Brunei. Shimworld posts some pictures of the event.

China: Beijing Olympics

DANWEI translates two blog posts about how the Olympics affects Beijing people's everyday life.

China: Demonstration Area

Hu yong hopes that the three demonstration areas set up during the Olympics would continue to exist after the international event.

China: Earthquake Survivors

One man bandwidth posts some Sichuan earthquake survivors’ stories collected by volunteer teachers.

China: Naked Beach Proposal

Li Yinhe comments on the naked beach proposal in Zhuhai. Oppositional views said that naked beach is immoral and at odd with Chinese culture. The blogger also feels that the...

Czech Republic: Fear of the Olympic China

The Czech Daily Word explains why “Czech athletes are a little afraid to go to China.”

China: The Great Mascot Conspiracy

Of all the various interpretations of what the Fuwas could or should represent we've seen recently, ‘The Great Mascot Conspiracy’ from Angry Chinese Blogger has definitely done it better.

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