Stories about East Asia from September, 2010
Vietnam: Blogger Pham Minh Hoang Charged with Attempt at Overthrowing the Government
Reporters Without Borders reports that French-Vietnamese blogger Pham Minh Hoang was charged with “Activities aimed at overthrowing the government” and membership of a “terrorist organisation” (the banned opposition party Viet Tan). His wife opines that the reason for her husband’s arrests was his opposition to bauxite mining [fr] by a...
Brunei's “national twitter account”
Meet @BruneiTweet, probably Brunei's most famous twitter user who blogs about the lives of ordinary young Bruneians. GV interviewed him about his online projects and other advocacies.
China: 7 Departments on censorship
Isaac lists out in Twitter 7 government departments that are responsible for censorship in China.
China and the U.S.A: Yuan's value and stock market's move
George Chen notices a coincidence happened before the China national day: Goldman Sachs chose the day to sell up to $2 billion-worth of shares of its stake in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and the U.S. House of Representatives passed the China currency bill by a vote of 348-79.
Japan: Pachinko, a legal gambling game
A blogger at theJapaneseTutor.com shortly explains [en] what pachinko [en] is and why this gambling game is legal in Japan.
Japan: Earthquake warning via mobile phone
Akky Akimoto from Asiajin introduced an earthquake early warning system via mobile phone network in Japan.
China: Blind people's footpath with Chinese character
A collection of photos on the design of blind people's footpath in China has been circulated widely through sina micro-blog. All the paths lead the blinds to dangerous trap.
Singapore: Minimum Wage Debate
Should the Singapore government impose a minimum wage policy? Hong Kong’s recent decision to adopt a minimum wage policy has sparked a debate in Singapore as to whether the prosperous city state should also fix the minimum wage of workers.
South Korea: Broadcasting Power Struggle Bruises Korean Viewers
When two giants fight, it is usually an innocent bystander who gets most hurt. That is exactly what’s happening in South Korea’s broadcasting field, with Korean viewers being the bystanders. Some of the paid-advertisements on cable television will be aired as black screens starting from October. As two major broadcasting powers–the terrestrial networks and the...
North Korea:Kim Jong-il Renominated As the North’s Leader
North Korea’s Kim Jong-il was renominated as the general-secretary of North’s ruling Worker’s Party in regime’s biggest convention in 30 years, South Korea’s Yonhap reported itas breaking news. According to Yonhap, North’s state media KCTV announced “Kim was renominated as general-secretary amid a storm of applause by all the delegates...
China: Uncensored District Government Website
ESWN translated a news story on a grassroots government website in Xindu district of Chengdu city. The district government website does not censor away abusive comments, on the other hand, its officials give creative responses to unreasonable complaint.
China’s bizarre phenomena: buildings die unnaturally
China Hush gathered informations and pictures from ifeng.com and people.com.cn and showed how buildings die unnaturally in China.
North Korea:Kim Jong-il Appointed Jong-un As the North's General
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has appointed Kim Jong-un, his youngest son as a general in the North Korea's military, thereby announcing Jong-un as North Korea's next leader, officially for the first time. South Korea's Yonhap reported it as breaking news, quoting the North's official.
China and Australia: Reactions to Chinese Asylum Seekers’ Rooftop Protest
Veggie Discourse translated Chinese netizens’ reaction to the Chinese Asylum Seekers’ 2 days rooftop protest in Sidney.
China: Glory to the Stability Maintenance Contractors
Yesterday, September 26, the Chinese Government released its white paper on human rights. The Xinhua news report highlighted the positive aspect of the role of Internet freedom for the government to gauge public opinion and improve its governance.
South Korea:Korea Won the U-17 Women’s World Cup
South Korea won the U-17 Women's World Cup for the first time.Korea’s online media Pressian[kr] focused on women team’s humble beginning; it started out to boost cultural exchanges with North Korea, and the player's quality was an optional matter. In 1990, it lost to Japan by 13-1 and to North...
Southeast Asia: Blogging about Football
There are many football blogs in Southeast Asia that provide relevant news stories and updates about football matches and programs in the region. Here is a list of football blogs in Southeast Asia with focus on Vietnam and Cambodia.
China: Tibetan writer awaiting trial
An update in the case of imprisoned writer Tagyal and the latest hit single from hip-hop group Green Dragon are among the stories in Dechen Pamba's roundup of the Tibetan blogging scene at High Peaks Pure Earth.
Thailand: Photo of Thai keyboard
A yfrog photo shows a Thai keyboard developed by a Cambodian.
Myanmar: BarCamp Mandalay 2011
After the successful Barcamp Yangon 2010 in Myanmar, preparations are now being made for the BarCamp Mandalay 2011. The event also has a Facebook page.
Japan: “Our Park” a documentary about Tokyo's Nike Miyashita Park
Directors Emil Langballe and Maria Samoto le Dous produced a documentary titled Our Park [en] about Tokyo's Miyashita Park [en], which is also called Nike Park [en] after sportswear multinational Nike bought its naming rights in 2008. The film focuses on the group of artists and activists who have been...