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· August, 2009

Stories about East Asia from August, 2009

31 August 2009

Thailand: Economy is recovering?

Vietnam: Education system

East Timor: Tour de Timor

Cambodia: Advice to expats

Japan: Voting for Change

China and Taiwan: Dalai Lama's visit, inevitably political

Yesterday Dalai Lama arrived in Taiwan on a visit that has been denounced by China. The trip, requested by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to President Ma Ying-jeou, aimed at comforting...

Bangladesh: Justice Denied

Myanmar: Tension in the Sino-Burmese border

Vietnam: Blogger fired by newspaper

Myanmar: Cooking oil ban removed

Malaysia: Muslims can’t watch “immoral” concerts

The political party which banned the concerts of Beyonce, Avril Lavigne and Gwen Stefani in Malaysia is now proposing to ban the "sinful" Michael Learns to Rock concert. Malaysian Muslims...

30 August 2009

East Timor: “Happy Day” of freedom vote

Timorese bloggers have celebrated the 10th anniversary of the popular referendum which led to the territory's formal independence. One commemorates the "happy day", another recalls his determination to drive out...

Japan: We will not forget Hiroshima and Nagasaki

64 years ago, on the 6th and the 9th of August, atomic bombs were dropped by the U.S. forces on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Over 200,000 people died and every year,...

28 August 2009

East Timor: Abe Barreto Soares’ Poetry for Nation Building

He calls himself a “wanderer like anyone else” but Abe Barreto Soares is also a poet, a translator and an active blogger. In this interview, he talks about Timorese nationalism,...

Japan: Marines and Okinawa

China: Are Tibetan Bloggers Being Silenced?

Quite alarming to report that all of the most popular Tibetan language blog hosting sites (except one) have been inaccessible for almost three weeks now. Although it is fairly common...

Japan: Robot nurse bear

27 August 2009

Japan: Falling Asleep on Trains

Hong Kong: “Compensated Dating” and the use of Pejoratives

The life imprisonment of the “girl butcher” might have halted the case against “compensated dating” in Hong Kong for a while, but what have Hong Kong people learned from the...

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