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· September, 2008

Stories about East Asia from September, 2008

Japan: Internship at Hatena

University student and blogger id:suztomo describes (with many photos) their experience in September doing an internship [ja] at Hatena in Kyoto, Japan. The blogger had two objectives with the internship:...

Taiwan: Run The Rainbow Way

Despite the Typhoon, the LGBT community had their annual rally in Taipei city. peopo.org has put up a video on the event with coolloud.org.tw‘s citizen report.

China: PR-ing Poisonous Milk

David Bandurski from China media project wrote a detailed article about Sanlu's public relation strategy in creating the high-quality image of its milk products and showed how the media is...

China: Imprison for Faking Tiger

Do you still remember the South China Tigergate issue? The farmer, who claimed to have taken the photo is now facing criminal charge and may be put into prison because...

Japan: The psychology of prostitution, and why it should be legalized

id:fromdusktildawn delves into the the roots and social context of prostitution [ja], arguing that by looking down on women who work in the sex industry, men offload feelings of guilt...

Myanmar: Aid still needed

Five months after the devastating cyclone which killed and displaced at least a hundred thousand people, Myanmar is slowly recovering. Relief efforts may be improving but international aid is still...

Japan: MIRAI brings together gadgets and the Internet

Alpha Bloggers announces a free event [ja] in Tokyo entitled, “Mirai: synthesis of gadgets and the net” (MIRAI:ネットとガジェットの融合), to be held on October 20th from 7pm to 10pm near Kudanshita...

Korea: Ceremonial Expenses

What is your biggest expense? A website, www.career.co.kr, did a survey of 1,676 employees, and asked them which of their expenses they consider worthless. The highest percentage answered drinking and...

Japan: Fluctuations in Yen-Dollar rate

Japanese blogger kawase_oh [為替王] analyzes recent fluctuation in exchange rates [ja] between the yen and the U.S. dollar, and also between the yen and other major currencies. The blogger says...

Taiwan: Typhoon Jangmi strikes

JD on EP and Michael Turton did live blogging of Typhoon Jangmi as it struck Taiwan.

Japan: Group Bookmarking with 4dk

Osamu Higuchi at Higuchi.com introduces a free bookmarking service [ja] (in Japanese) called 4dk [ja], where bookmarks are visible only to those within a closed group. Higuchi refers to this...

China: Will a Nobel Peace Prize really hurt our feelings?

Hu Jia's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize has raised the question: are The Chinese People easily upset by the notion of human rights? Party spokesman Liu Jianchao would have...

Japan: Dropping out of Graduate School

At Hatena's AnonymousDiary, a former student of a Japanese graduate school describes their experience and why they decided to drop out [ja]. The student explains that in their lab, what...

Indonesia: Breastfeeding campaign

Everything Indonesia blogs about a breastfeeding campaign in Indonesia

Malaysia: Molotov cocktail thrown at politician's house

A molotov cocktail was thrown at the house of Malaysian politician Teresa Kok. She condemned the act and attributed the “despicable act to certain media groups and blogs that have...

Myanmar: Saffron Revolution a year later

Alternative Asean Network on Burma published a briefer which revealed the intensified repression in Myanmar a year after the crackdown on the monk-led Saffron Revolution.

East Timor leader at a U.N. meeting

President Jose Ramos-Horta of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste delivered a statement at the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Horta mentioned the improving economy of his country.

China: One Trillion US Bonds and Debt Scandal

According to a New York Times report in early September, the Chinese Central Bank has invested over USD $1 trillion on U.S. Treasury bills, bonds and debt securities. Among the...

Japan: Taiwanese blogger looking for Japanese boyfriend

According to Ameba news [ja], Taiwanese blogger and Japan-lover Shuen Shuen, also known as “Naomi”, announced on her blog [zh] that she wanted to move to Japan and find a...

Japan: Photos from Iriomote

Blogger id:mereco posts amazing photos [ja] from her trip to the island of Iriomote [西表島] in Okinawa, Japan. Photos from the trip include pictures of cows, hermit and coconut crabs,...

About our East Asia coverage

Oiwan Lam is the North East Asia editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

Mong Palatino is the South East Asia editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

Nevin Thompson is the Japan editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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