Monday Pacific Rim/East Asia Blog Roundup

Mr.Brown reports that Singapore’s most popular Chinese-language broadsheet ran a feature article about Singaporean bloggers and their upcoming conference.

Malaysian blogger Kenny Sia has his own particular take on the personal politics of blogging.

Following up on a piece from last Wednesday’s blog roundup, Danwei passes along the information that China’s latest blogstar, “Hibiscus Older Sister,” wants to be a movie star.

EastSouthNorthWest passes on information about interviews given to the Hong Kong press by Chen Xiwen, the vice-minister of the Office of the Central Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs. It’s an interesting interview, not least for the fact that Chen praises the Internet for allowing the central government to keep tabs on malfeasance by local officials. He also praises rural farmers for having ‘democratic awareness’, a phrase that probably carries different connotations in Chinese than in English.

Is there a Sino-Vatican thaw in the air? Those Who Dare is reporting that the Chinese government may be willing to acknowledge Rome’s supremacy in running the Catholic Church in China.

Glutter has a healthy roundup of posts and pictures from Friday’s anti-government protest; EastSouthWestNorth also posts pictures, including English translations of many of the Chinese-language signs.

A new group blog focused on civic affairs has launched in Hong Kong, reports Chatter Garden. Written in Chinese, Civic Express features well-known local writers, including former LegCo member Christine Loh.

ThaRum’s Web writes about the importance of English education in Cambodia.

There’s going to be a Cambodian blogger meetup this Sunday in Phnom Penh. Webbed Feet, Web Log has the full details.

Cambodian blogger Lux Mean has been travelling around the country, leading workshops on “how to blog”. It looks like he’s been teaching them how to create basic blogspot blogs; the post also has links to some of the new blogs his student have been creating.

In another sign that the Cambodian blogosphere is ready for take-off, the Cambodian Information Center is now prominently featuring blogs in its sidebar. Link via Cambodia4Kids.Org.

Photograph from EastSouthNorthWest

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