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· March, 2009

Stories about East Asia from March, 2009

Cambodia: Evidence at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Former Khmer Rouge rebels doubt there will be sufficient evidence to convict the five leaders waiting to stand trial at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. Because the events occurred 30 years...

Taiwan: Buddhist master creates controversy

Buddhist Master Hsing Yun created controversy at an international Buddhist conference when he claimed, “There are no Taiwanese in Taiwan and Taiwanese are all Chinese.” Taiwan blogs The View from...

Hong Kong and the Philippines: Satire or racism?

A Senate leader in the Philippines just filed a resolution condemning a Hong Kong writer Chip Tsao for his article “The War at Home” in HK Magazine (originally published on...

Cambodia: Trial begins for Khmer Rouge leader

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia began the first public hearing of Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch. During the Khmer Rouge regime, Duch headed the infamous Tuol...

Water: One Take International Video Contest

“Is access to clean, safe water for drinking a basic human right? Why? or Why not?”. That is the question One Take is asking for you to answer in your...

Filipino loses Facebook account for using real name

The Facebook account of Antonio Piamonte from the Philippines was removed because Facebook thinks his first and last name on his profile isn't his real name.

Indonesia: “Mini-Tsunami” hits village as dam collapses

Last Friday the Situ Gintung dike collapsed in Indonesia which killed almost a hundred people and injured 190 others. At least 300 houses were destroyed and 1,600 residents were displaced....

China: Earth Hour

Fauna from ChinaSMACK translated netizens’ comments on Earth Hour campaign.

Japan: Tourism videos

Edo from Pink Tentacle introduces a series of official tourism videos produced by the city of Hakodate. The videos are about aliens invasion of the city.

Japan: Two-man union on strike at Kyoto University

Adamu from Mutantfrog blogs about a two-man strike at Kyoto University against the exploitation of irregular work contract.

Taiwan: Our land and the Statute of Rural Renewal

The scenery of Taiwan's countryside as simple and stunningly beautiful as depicted by the above popular lullaby will soon be vanished. Small rivers will be replaced by sewage pipes, hills...

Taiwan: Human flesh search engine

The phenomenon of human flesh search engines began in China. Hanjie looks at two cases when they were used in Taiwan.

Thailand: New look and agenda for government-run TV channel

Everytime the government changes in Thailand, the new government comes and changes the programs and format of a public TV station. Now that a different party is ruling the country,...

Vietnam: Motorbike stunts

Young “street artists” are performing their dangerous motorbike stunts in the streets of Vietnam.

Vietnam: Impact of economic crisis

Lawrence summarizes news reports about the impact of the economic crisis on Vietnam.

China: Chinese Al Jazeera?

Mutant Palm is pretty sure that China can't create a Chinese Al Jazeera. Why? read this.

Indonesia: Sharia Finance

As the financial system crumbles in the developed world, some analysts in Indonesia are proposing to replace it with the Sharia Finance system.

Malaysia: Dress worth $30 million

Despite the economic crisis, a designer in Malaysia has created a dress adorned with 751 diamonds. The price tag: US$30 million. The dress is called the “Nightingale of Kuala Lumpur”

Cambodia: Demand for microfinance

The economic downturn has raised the demand for microfinance programs in Cambodia.

Global Recession Survey: Survival Tips and Business Opportunities

Everybody is trying hard to cope with the global economic crisis. Bloggers are offering survival tips to their readers. Businesses around the world are adjusting. Some are even profiting from...

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