Jose Manuel Tesoro · December, 2005

Latest posts by Jose Manuel Tesoro from December, 2005

China: Jailed Journalists

  29 December 2005

the leaky pen writes about three journalists now languishing in Chinese jails: Singapore's Ching Cheong, researcher Zhao Yan of the New York Times and local reporter Shi Tao.

Indonesia: Economists’ Blog

  29 December 2005

Cafe Salemba is a group blog written by Indonesian economists, one in Jakarta and three studying in the U.S. Recently, they've been writing about subsidies: for education and for art.

Philippines: Jose Rizal Links

  29 December 2005

On the 109th anniversary of Jose Rizal's execution, Filipino Librarian collects some links to introduce readers to the Philippines’ national hero.

Thailand: Bilingual Posting

  29 December 2005

Fringer has announced he will be no longer writing as often in English as in Thai: “it is almost impossible to write in different languages without switching between two different “modes of thoughts” as well. It is hard not to think from a “Thai/Eastern” perspective when writing in Thai, and...

China: Bloggers Beware of WordPress China

  26 December 2005

China bloggers have been sounding the alarm about wordpress.com.cn, a free WordPress blog hosting service in China. The service, which has no relationship to WordPress, deletes accounts without warning a short time after registration.

Indonesia: One Year After the Tsunami

  26 December 2005

Indonesia Today by Yosef Ardi updates the progress in the two Indonesian regions most affected by 2005's tsunami: the province of Aceh and the islands of Nias. “One year later, around 100,000 people in Aceh and Nias alone, still live in unacceptable conditions and with minimal access to job opportunities.”

Philippines: Gas Project Runs Out

  26 December 2005

In the 1990s, the Malampaya underwater gas field was touted as a major move for the Philippines into cleaner energy. Divergent Poles talks about what has happened to the project since then.

Philippines: Filipino Intimacies in Saudi Arabia

  23 December 2005

Saudi Arabia has long been a major destination for Filipinos seeking work. The PCIJ blog hosts a podcast from a journalist who lived there for three years, on how they deal with their loneliness and isolation there.

Japan: Gaudy Game Paddles

  23 December 2005

Japanduit has colorful photographs of hagoita, wooden paddles used in a traditional Japanese game much like badminton that is played around New Year's. The paddles are adorned with Kabuki images, cartoon characters and representations of celebrities.

China: Scrubbed News Digest

  23 December 2005

danwei prints a post by a publishing consultant in Shenzhen on Cankao Xiaoxi, a Chinese-language digest of articles from world press formerly restricted to the Communist party elite but now available to the public. “But there are three areas in which Cankao Xiaoxi takes liberties,” he writes. “It runs its...

China: Patients’ Fate

  23 December 2005

In 2004, China's President Hu Jintao shook the hands of two AIDS patients in a hospital. The resulting exposure changed their lives, and not for the better. EastSouthWestNorth translates a story from China Youth Daily.

Indonesia: Aceh Blog

  23 December 2005

I'm Your Huckleberry is a blog in English and Indonesian by a native of Indonesia's rebellious province of Aceh. He's working there for the U.N.D.P. and writes, in one post, “If this success, we can do more for this region, my home land, home of the rebel. Hopefully!”

Japan: Hard Gay Toy

  22 December 2005

Controversial but popular Japanese TV character Razor Ramon HG, a.k.a. Hard Gay now has a toy inspired by him. A “sexual minority” teacher's network has complained that the toy, which encourages children to stick plastic swords into a barrel until the TV character jumps out, discriminates against homosexuals.

Philippines: Constitutional Reform

  22 December 2005

Ricky Carandang reveals his disappointment that the commission tasked with reforming the Philippines’ constitution and consider a change from a presidential to parliamentary government has taken the best reforms off the table.

Singapore: Symbols

  22 December 2005

Yawning Bread tells the stories behind Singapore's national symbols, including the much-maligned merlion and the Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid.

China: Anti-Virus Efforts

  22 December 2005

Revere at Effect Measure praises China's cooperative transparency in sharing with the world its bird flu virus samples. “The Chinese also report they have begun their own clinical trials of an experimental H5N1 vaccine.”

China, Hong Kong: Banking Haven

  21 December 2005

Sun Bin suggests that China ought to create a Caribbean-style banking and tax haven to add 0.1% to its GDP. He maps out some places in the Pearl River Delta a short trip from Hong Kong that Beijing could consider.