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· February, 2006

Stories about East Asia from February, 2006

Indonesia: Mining Politics

Yosef Ardi reflects on the long involvement of U.S. mining company Freeport McMoran in Indonesian politics. Freeport, which operated a massive mine — the largest copper and gold mine in...

Malaysia, Singapore: Dangers of Technology

The scandal involving a Singapore student's taped sexual adventures spread on the Internet continues to draw comment. Singapore's A Worm's perspective talks about the dangers of modern technology, while Life...

Philippines: Historical Slavery

caffeine sparks rereads a historical account of pre-colonial servitude in the Philippines and reaches her own conclusions that something was going on that was more complex than “slavery” as commonly...

Singapore: In-Between

At Singapore's Sayoni Speak, Sheila Rajamanikam describes what it's like being a transsexual: “I wish people around me could accept both parts of me: in a shaved head, packing, male...

Vietnam: Planned City

Le Bao Tuan of Sticky Rice experiences “architecture shock” visiting Phu My Hung, a booming planned community built on a former swamp south of Saigon. He writes: “Phu My Hung...

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of Thailand announced a House dissolution

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced a House dissolution Friday evening after he was granted an audience with His Majesty the King.

Mongolia: Japan's Chingis Khan Craze

Mongolia Matters has the latest evidence of Japan's Chingis Khan craze.

Indonesia: Tattoo Culture

IndCoup discusses tattoo culture in Indonesia. He explains: “The revival owed much to the popularity in Indonesia during the mid 1990s of US rock bands the Red Hot Chili Peppers...

Indonesia: Terrorist Blogger

A. Fatih Syuhud asks: “Are you the terrorist blogger?” He writes: “Blogging should be made use for advocating peace at heart and mind, not only for the sake of blogging...

Malaysia: Its Own Cartoon Kerfuffle

Malaysia's paper-of-record, the New Straits Times, has gotten into its own cartoon controversy after running a syndicated strip on its funny pages critiquing the Danish cartoon controversy. The government has...

Philippines: Revolutions

Jessica Zafra reminds readers why the Philippines 1986 “People Power” Revolt, the 20th anniversary of which is ongoing, was so important, despite the subsequent disappointments and political troubles: “We were...

Singapore: No More Senior Minister

Singapore Election Watch has a post from Yawning Bread arguing that Singapore should not have a “Senior Minister.” The post was created for retired long-time PM Lee Kuan Yew and...

Thailand: Ways to Wai

Tales from Isan explains the how and whys of the wai, the traditional Thai greeting of cupping one's palms together in front of one's chest. “Get it right, and you...

Philippines: Landslide and rescue efforts

Philippines: Landslide and rescue efforts

Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand: Globalization Mini-Stories

Cafe Salemba has two mini-stories of globalization, both in-flight: one involving an encounter on an American on a plane who works for a Japanese company and another about Japan Airlines...

Malaysia: Fairness of Freedom

Ktemoc Konsiders notes the irony of the imprisonment of a British holocaust denier against the background of the Danish cartoon controversy: “The Europeans must now shut their mouths up, and...

Philippines: Talking About Poverty

caffeine sparks responds to a post written by Idiot Savant some weeks back on the roots and reasons behind the game show stampede in Manila that cost over 70 poor...

Singapore: Cheerleader Sex Tape

All over the Singapore blogosphere are commentaries on an unfortunate high school cheerleader, nicknamed “Tammy NYP,” whose cellphone was allegedly stolen by a jealous classmate and whose sex video recorded...

Singapore: Short Film Fest

Huichieh Loy shares his impressions of the offerings at the First Toronto-Singapore Short Film Festival.

Southeast Asia: Ten Integration Suggestions

the news at 10 lists ten things he thinks the Association of Southeast Asian Nations can do in order to create closer cooperation. No. 2 is “less bickering: for gods...

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