Stories about East Asia from November, 2009
Is Singapore a city or a country? This question seems silly since Singapore is globally recognized as an independent state. But for Singapore Law Minister K. Shanmugam, Singapore should be treated as a city. This remark triggered a debate in the blogosphere.
Samak Sundaravej — former Bangkok Governor, cooking show host, and Thailand's 25th Prime Minister passed away last November 24. Read the reactions from Bangkok bloggers and twitterers.
Check out the pictures and presentations of Barcamp Singapore 4
Pedestrian Observer praises Efren “Kuya Ef!” Penaflorida Jr. from the Philippines for being the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year.
Many in the international community are calling the first Khmer Rouge Tribunal trial of Kaing Kek Iev, or Duch, a relative success as the trial closed. However, there are indications that Cambodian officials may not participate in future cases making it difficult to conduct a fair trial for the four Khmer Rouge members awaiting trial
According to Chongqing Evening News, by November 15th 2905 suspects had been arrested during a massive crackdown on gangs in the municipality of Chongqing, a major city with 30 million population and provincial status. The campaign was unprecedented both in its scope and its depth as it brought down a large number of government officials including...
A popular Chinese drama “Dwelling Narrowness” was “re-scheduled” without explanation recently. ESWN translated various reports and discussions about the drama. A recent development of the drama is that one of the main characters becomes the mistress of a government official in order to help repay her older sister's mortgage.
Fauna from ChinaSMACK translated local web portal Netease's pick of 41 popular Chinese internet memes.
Started in 1992 in Canada by artist Ted Dave, the Buy Nothing Day movement [en] has spread to more than 60 countries around the world, Japan included. In line with the philosophy of the movement, next Saturday (November 28) Japanese are invited to refrain from shopping and reflect upon their...
Tingting from ChinaSMACK translated a local forum post that shows modern and luxurious design prison in China.
CC from China Hush has a year end roundup post on the hottest people on the internet in China in 2009.
Pink Tentacle posted some photos taken from the International Robot Exhibition in Toyko.
Angry Chinese blogger blogs about the ongoing destruction of Great Wall as a result of local corporates’ private interest. In a recent case, a 100 meter long Great Wall has been damaged by gold miners in Inner Mongolia.
Could the world's lone but weary superpower actually learn something from China? This is a question the Time magazine posted when President Barack Obama began his first visit to China. The article said this is a time when China has ‘emerged as a dynamo of optimism, experimentation and growth’, while...
Saigonnezumi features a successful Business Process Outsourcing firm in Vietnam
Singapore is reviewing the bilingual policy on education following the admission of a former Prime Minister about the flaws of that policy
Seah Chiang Nee writes how the recession is affecting Singapore's middle-class population.
Illegally terminated pregnant workers in Singapore can lodge complaints. Barnyard Chorus identifies the process on how to file a complaint with the Ministry of Manpower
New $100 paper banknotes have been spotted in Singapore this month
Daniel at the How to Japonese blog outlines the differences between Japanese and American résumés.
Uln has written three long posts to argue that Chinese is the most difficult language in the world. Part I, Part II and Part III.