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· November, 2009

Stories about East Asia from November, 2009

Singapore: Is It a City or Country?

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...

Thailand: Former Prime Minister Passes Away

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.

Barcamp Singapore 4

Check out the pictures and presentations of Barcamp Singapore 4

Philippines: CNN Hero of the year

Pedestrian Observer praises Efren “Kuya Ef!” Penaflorida Jr. from the Philippines for being the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year.

Cambodia: End of first Khmer Rouge Tribunal deemed a relative success

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...

China: Law or Justice?

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...

China: Dwelling Narrowness

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...

China: 41 Popular Chinese Internet Memes From 2009

Fauna from ChinaSMACK translated local web portal Netease's pick of 41 popular Chinese internet memes.

Japan: Buy Nothing Day

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...

China: Prisons more modern & luxurious than schools

Tingting from ChinaSMACK translated a local forum post that shows modern and luxurious design prison in China.

China: The hottest people on the internet in 2009

CC from China Hush has a year end roundup post on the hottest people on the internet in China in 2009.

Japan: International Robot Exhibition

Pink Tentacle posted some photos taken from the International Robot Exhibition in Toyko.

China: Great Wall damaged by gold miners

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...

Could the U.S. learn something from China?

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....

Successful BPO firm in Vietnam

Saigonnezumi features a successful Business Process Outsourcing firm in Vietnam

Singapore: Bilingual policy on education

Singapore is reviewing the bilingual policy on education following the admission of a former Prime Minister about the flaws of that policy

Singapore: Middle Class and recession

Seah Chiang Nee writes how the recession is affecting Singapore's middle-class population.

Singapore: Illegal employment termination

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

Singapore: New $100 banknotes

New $100 paper banknotes have been spotted in Singapore this month

Difference between Japanese and American Résumés

Daniel at the How to Japonese blog outlines the differences between Japanese and American résumés.

About our East Asia coverage

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

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