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· June, 2011

Stories about East Asia from June, 2011

Thailand: Social media games and tourism

Thailand's tourism authorities have developed two social media game applications to promote Thai culture. The games can be played on Facebook too.

Malaysia: Burmese women groups speak out

Various Burmese women groups working in Malaysia issued a joint statement calling for stronger protection for Burmese women refugees in the region.

Thailand: Election predictions

The Bangkok Pundit reviews Thailand election predictions and maintains that the opposition party still has an edge over the administration coalition

Indonesia's 24 world records

Truly Indonesia lists 24 world records held by Indonesia. For example, it has 3 of the 6 largest island in the world and it is currently the largest Muslim country...

East Timor: UN agencies directed to use Tetum language

To enhance its national identity, East Timor's Council of Ministers has directed all international agencies working in the country, including UN institutions, to use the Tetum language in their transactions...

East Timor: Timorese on Twitter

Edward Rees creates a list of twitter users in East Timor

South Korea: Labor Workers Fight Against Police and Corporation

Hanjin Heavy Industries have violently clamped down its union protest. Twitterer @pmtsjc posted photos of how company-hired gang cut rope to drag down workers protesting on crane top. The clash,...

China: The politics of hydroelectricity

Sinologistical Violoncellist has a guest post by Kristiana Henderson of Pacific Lutheran University which addresses the politics of hydroelectricity projects in Tibet by looking into the history of conflicts between...

China: The significant of singing “red songs”

Jottings from the Granite Studio has a guest post written by YaJun on the political implications of “singing red song campaign”.

China: Lawyers for Murder Suspects Detained Under Controversial Law

After four defense attorneys were recently detained for challenging confessions to a murder in Guangxi province which their clients are presumed to have given following the use of police force,...

Japan: Ryo Chijiiwa on Volunteering

Ryo Chijiiwa gave a 1 hour presentation at Google Tech Talk (video link) about his two month experience volunteering in the disaster zone with All Hands Volunteers.

Japan: Night Running as a Sub-Culture

Running is not something people usually associate with night-life or sub-cultures, but the members of the group Midnight Runners Tokyo (MRT) do. They have been hitting the streets of Tokyo...

China: Update on the Independent Candidate Campaigns

The spokesperson for the Commission on Legislative Affairs of the National People’s Congress stated [zh] on June 8 2011 that no legal basis exists for independent candidacy in grassroots people's...

China: Experience of Rural Migrant Worker

Trica Wang blogs about her experience of riding the Beijing subway disguised as a migrant worker while conducting fieldwork.

Myanmar: Bomb Blasts in Three Cities

Three bomb blasts hit three major cities in Myanmar today. No casualties have been reported. Global Voices author Tan translates a few Burmese online reports which give first hand accounts...

A Syrian Solution for North Korea

Libyan and Syrian cases are significant to North Korea's possible change by exhibiting how quickly ruthless totalitarian regimes can become unstable in the face of resistance, wrote Joshua from the...

Myanmar: Labour registration form

Democracy for Burma uploads a labour registration brochure in Burmese and Thai languages provided by the International Organization for Migration. There are thousands of Myanmar migrants living and working in...

Myanmar: Thousands flee home in Kachin fighting

According to the Democratic Voice of Burma, “more than 10,000 ethnic Kachin are now thought to have fled their homes as days of fighting engulfed parts of Burma’s northernmost state.”...

Vietnam: Fake hotel reviews?

Nick Ross suspects that boutique hotels in Hanoi, Vietnam are faking online reviews.

Vietnam Revolutionary Journalism Day 2011

Adam Bray blogs about the Vietnam Revolutionary Journalism Day 2011 celebration. He also notes how several newspapers have been loyally reproducing state propaganda.

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