· February, 2009

Stories about East Asia from February, 2009

Hong Kong: Defending freedom of speech

  24 February 2009

On 22 Feb 09, more than a hundred Hong Kong people took on the street to voice out their concerns about the alarming shrinking of freedom of speech in Hong Kong. The protest was proposed by the Citizens’ Radio and supported by other democratic institutions including Save RTHK Campaign, Hong...

Brunei: The nation turns 25

  24 February 2009

Brunei Darussalam celebrated it's twenty-five years of independence yestderday. To celebrate the Silver Jubilee, a grand parade was held at the National Stadium. Brunei blogs are buzzing with colourful photos of the historic occasion and many bloggers are sharing their aspirations for the nation.

Korea: Hillary Clinton's Visit

  24 February 2009

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Korea. Rather than any other issues, North Korean issues were the major topic. Some people welcomed her on the street, raising signs, “Welcome, Hillary” and “Kim Jung Il Overthrow,” and burning his photos. Since the current policy of the South Korean government toward...

Thailand: Australian gets royal pardon

  23 February 2009

Australian Harry Nicolaides has been granted a royal pardon after spending almost six months in a Thai prison on lese majeste charges. New Mandala posted a statement from Harry's brother. Bangkok Pundit examines the lese majeste law.

Singapore: Most wired country in the world

  23 February 2009

According to Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority, broadband penetration hit 99.9 per cent in the country last December 2008.This makes Singapore the most wired country in the world.

Thailand: Alternative local currency

  23 February 2009

Al Jazeera reports how residents of a remote town in northeast Thailand are using an alternative local currency to encourage fellow villagers to become more self-sufficient.

Global Health: Mobile Phones to Boost Healthcare

  23 February 2009

Three foundations have joined forces in an effort to provide better healthcare through the use of cell phones and computer technology. In particular, these mobile technology initiatives are aimed at improving healthcare services in developing countries. Cell phones are currently being used for health services ranging from HIV/AIDS education to...

China: Closer Look at the 50 Cent Party Member

  23 February 2009

If you want to take a closer look at the 50 cent party members, read RConversation. Last month, Beijing Association of Online Media held a meeting regarding illegal content, in which “40 representatives of Internet supervision volunteers” had attended.

Taiwan: The cost of investment

  23 February 2009

There has been a huge amount of Taiwanese investment in China over the past two decades. Michael Turton discusses the human cost of that investment.

Japan: Pictures of Japanese festivals and ceremonies

  22 February 2009

Yoshio Wada (和田義男)'s website [jp] has fascinating photos of the most interesting Japanese festivals and ceremonies. It also includes some pictures from famous historical places aorund the world. (The website is only partially available in English)

Japan: Agriculture the latest trend among celebrities

  22 February 2009

The Japanese economy is facing one of the worse slowdowns in its modern history, with a GDP that has declined at a rate of 12,7%. Nonetheless, TV programs and lifestyle magazines are doing their best to inspire hope among their viewers and readers that not everything is lost. Recently, a new trend has been spreading among Japanese celebrities: farm work.

China: Eluding the Cat Investigation, Netizen's Power or Government PR?

  21 February 2009

In response to the netizens’ talks and comments about the “eluding cat” incident, the Yunnan provincial Publicity Department's Press and Publication Administration decided to form an investigative committee on Feb 20. Moreover, the department had invited netizens to form a investigative committee. In a few hours, 510 netizens registered to...

Vietnam: Only Nine Public Holidays

  21 February 2009

There are only nine public holidays in Vietnam. That is why blackouts are not regarded as nuisance by some workers since they can rest during these days.

Philippines: Ebola-Reston virus

  21 February 2009

The Philippines’ Department of Health has added an information page on its website about the dreaded Ebola-Reston virus. It has instructed the public on proper meat handling and preparation to avoid infections from pigs.

Egypt: Because he is Japanese

  20 February 2009

Zeinobia comments on the Japanese Finance minister Shoichi Nakagaw resignation, after the criticism he received due to his embarrassing moment in the G7 summit in Italy. She also compares him to Egyptian ministers who are in more deep trouble than Nakagaw and, according to her, insist on embarrassing their country.

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