Pacific Rim/East Asia Daily Blog Roundup announces that, the upcoming Singaporean Blogger Conference, has a new venue, as the old one was too small. They also posted an updated conference schedule for the July 16th event.

Also in Singapore, Mr.Brown deconstructs the MRT's fare hike adjustment poster.

Mongolian-North Korean detente? New Mongols points to an interesting interview with North Korea's ambassador to Ulaanbaatar.

Malaysia brings us two automotive-related stories. First, Jeff Ooi looks at how the Malaysian press covered Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's press conference about Proton, Malaysia's national car manufacturer. Dr. Mahathir had been the country's leader for more than 20 years and is still regarded as an important figure. Second, Brand New Malaysian asks his fellow countrymen (and women) to stay rational in the face of impending gasoline price hikes.

Chatter Garden notes that the Chinese-language newspaper Ta Kung Pao featured a story that was very favorable to the Sharks Fin Trade Merchants Assocation; is this the first salvo in a PR offensive by the oft-maligned sharks fin soup industry?

CCTV, China's national broadcaster, has announced that they are going to be broadcasting television versions of the Four Great Classic Novels (Dream of the Red Chamber, Outlaws of the Marsh, Journey to the West, and The Romance of Three Kingdoms) for summer vacation. Danwei wonders, since TV versions of all four classics are being broadcast almost constantly, if CCTV's real motivation is to get kids to turn off the TV.

Riding Sun, a blog by a Westerner living in Tokyo, passes on the news that Japan may join the ranks of countries that monitor and filter the internet. Via Asiapundit.

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