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· October, 2010

Stories about East Asia from October, 2010

Japan: Photography Project ‘Yamanote Loop’

  31 October 2010

Steve from the Fwdmovement site has kicked off a photography project called Yamanote Loop. The project will cover each of the 29 stations in Tokyo's JR Yamanote Line, starting with Mejiro Station.

‘Bloggers for Malaysia’ group

  30 October 2010

The ‘Bloggers for Malaysia’ group was formed this month to protect the welfare of bloggers in Malaysia in light of the recent cases filed by the police against online critics of the government.

Malaysia: Universal Service Provision fund

  30 October 2010

Bloggers from Malaysia demand an accounting of the Universal Service Provision fund which is being collected from telecommunication companies in order to improve internet connectivity in the rural areas.

China: Debate on Rare Earths Export

  29 October 2010

With the rise of nationalistic sentiment in China, a majority of mainland Chinese support the government's policy in restricting the export of rare earths to Japan and other western countries.

China and the U.S: Fuss about rare earth

  29 October 2010

Adam Minter from Shanghai Scrap looks into the data of China agricultural trade and points out that the recent intimations of a ban on the rare earth elements has been overstated. On the other hand, the Chinese experts have underestimated the importance of low-cost soy beans and wheat to social...

China’s image in posters

  29 October 2010

Annie Lee from China Hush translates a feature article [cn] which looks into China's image in political posters in the past 61 years.

Global: Rarefying of Rare Earth Metals?

  28 October 2010

The economy-focused blog Le regard à Lupus explains [fr] that there are increasing concerns over the shrinking access to rare earth metals. These strategical mining resources are indispensable to the high-tech industry and green energy solutions.

China: Blood house map

  28 October 2010

A google map that marks social conflicts related with force demolition and land acquisition.

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Video: One Minute Jr video nominees for 2010 Awards

  27 October 2010

The nominees for each of the 3 categories in the One Minutes Jr project competition 2010 have been selected. In each of the categories of  (Self)-portrait, Inside-Out and One Minute of Freedom there will be one winner who will be awarded a JVC Piscio HD Hand-Camera.  The nominees are all...

China: A Mistress Denounced The Maoming Vice-Mayor

  27 October 2010

The Internet provides new space for citizen to uncover corruption. The latest case is a mistress denouncing the vice-mayor of Maoming city for corruption and debauchery by posting his nude photos online. (ESWN has translated the story.)

China: Professional test-takers

  27 October 2010

China Geeks translates a journal article from Southern Weekend on the business of professional test-takers and how foreign institutions struggle to combat Chinese cheaters.

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Myanmar's new flag and new name

  26 October 2010

Myanmar's new flag was unveiled for the first time last week. It also has a new name: it is now known as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Myanmar netizens are criticizing the design of the new flag. Some bloggers insist the flag represents only the army and not the people of Myanmar

About our East Asia coverage

Oiwan Lam is the North East Asia editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

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

Nevin Thompson is the Japan editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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