Stories about East Asia from September, 2006
China: Promiscuity crime
Li Yin-he blogs about various promiscuity crime cases in China (Part 1 and Part 2). She raises a simple question: if it is sex out of consent among adults, should they be punished? (zh)
China: education VS media
Zhao mu blogs about a debate between education department and media workers. On September 25, the spokes person of education department openly criticized that the Chinese media is ignorant. The response of course is “which is more ignorant? education department or media?” (zh)
Africa: new economic frontier for China and India
Africa is India's and China's new economic frontier, writes AfricaBeat: “In short, Africa could be for India and China what China and India have been the U.S. and Western Europe (and vice versa). South-South trade might one day be the engine that drives African development in the same way that...
Myanmar: Local Sunscreen
Don Gilliland blogs about the white powder that the Burmese apply on their face to protect themselves from the sun.
Hong Kong: GP batteries sues labour groups
A citizen journalist report at interlocals.net on a transnational corporation's legal action against labour groups to stop them from exposing the heavy metal poisoning situation in their production line in China and Hong Kong.
China: spoofing Confucius
The new, standardized statue of Confucius was unveiled on September 23 by the China Confucius Institute. Here are some reactions from the blogsphere: Xiong pei-yun points out that the standarization is against Confucius teaching: 孔子教导艺术家，“知之为知之，不知为不知，是知也。”意思是，孔子长什么样，你知道就说知道，不知道就说不知道，搞标准要诚实。显然，这种看似为孔子脸上贴金、附带赠送个关二爷脸谱的做法，不过是冒充知道、以掺假“恶搞”孔子。 Confucius has taught the artists, “you know what you know, and you know what you...
China: civilised traveller
One man bandwidth blogs about the “civilised Chinese travellers” campaign initiated by Beijing authority.
Hong Kong: blog as education tool
A survey found 73% high school students are bloggers but some secondary schools prohibit students from blogging. Local blogger, He Gu was interviewed by local newspapers concerning blogger culture: Knowing that some secondary schools have prohibited students to write blog, we can see another example that the development of technology...
Taiwan: web2.0 conference
Chiao is having a live blogging about the web 2.0 conference in Taipei.
China: The Unpublished FoxConn Story
ESWN translates a blog post by Southern Weekend reporter Fu Jianfeng about the FoxConn and the First Financial Daily's dispute. The story was banned in the newspapers and found its way in the internet.
Japan: blood type talk
Peter Payne in Japundit tries to explain why Japanese are so fascinated about blood type in relation to personality.
Thailand: Coup Council Website
Enda Nasution has a post introducing the website created by the Council for Democratic Reform Under the Constitutional Monarchy. This council is currently running the country after they took over the power in a coup last week.
Japan: light in the toilet bowl
JP in Japundit introduces a new feature for a perfect toilet: one small light for man, one giant leap for womankind.
Flickr user Bill Paterson post a picture taken from a Thai newspaper. Is this the countercoup?
Philippines: First Online Press Conference
An online press conference, a first in Philippine internet history, was held last September 21 when the 34th anniversary of Martial Law was commemorated by Filipinos. The online press forum was conducted by partylist representative Satur Ocampo, a former journalist and political detainee. The event, which was facilitated by Yehey!,...
Japan: digital arts
An interview with Kenji Harigai, an art director and graphic designer of ADAPTER, in pingmag about new design concept: The digital has already become the true format for expression anyway, that is like some common sense among Japanese young creators. Whether or not you then combine that with analog doesn’t...
China: a teacher put to jail
The story came from a reporter BBS and re-posted in zhao mu's blog. A teacher Qin Zhong-fei sent out a mobile message, a lyrics that criticized the corruption and land dispute in Peng Shui in Sichuan province. On 31 of August, he was caught by local police and put on...
China: Shanghai corruption scandal
The corruption scandal and removal of Shanghai's top leader, Chen Liangyu, have recieved much echoes from local web users and blogsphere. The China media project has translated some reactions from sina.com. Ai Wei Wei was glad that finally the central government took action against the corruption in Shanghai. Positive solution...
Macau: The 1st Lusofonia Games will be held between 7-15 October 2006 in Macau
Timor Online writes about the 1st Lusofonia Games to be held between 7-15 October 2006 in Macau. Portuguese speaking countries and regions will compete for glories in the sports of football, futsal, beach volleyball, volleyball, basketball, taekwondo, table tennis and athletics. Apart from exciting competitions, impressive cultural performances will compose...
Singapore: Neighbourly Tiff
The blogger at Blowin’ in the Wind writes about the latest tiff between former Malaysian prime minister Mahatir and former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.
Philippines: Blogger Conference
J Angelo Racoma blogs the Philippine BlogCon 2006. The blog conference was held in Manila on Monday 25, September.