Jose Manuel Tesoro · January, 2006

Latest posts by Jose Manuel Tesoro from January, 2006

Singapore: Confucian Democracy

  26 January 2006

From a Singapore Angle explains that, when Singapore policy makers say that the country's path follows a “Confucian” way or reflects Asian values, it's really talking not to Singaporeans or to other Asians but to world opinion leaders, particularly that of the Liberal West.

Taiwan: Macking in Taipei

  26 January 2006

Roland Soong discussed an article from Hong Kong's Apple Daily tabloid saying that the Taipei City Government had a page on its website teaching foreigners how to hit on local girls. The story — and Roland — drew much fire and criticism from foreigners blogging in Taiwan. Read their comments...

Indonesia: Off Air

  25 January 2006

Jakartass comments on Indonesia's new broadcast law, which bans local radio stations “relay”-ing foreign news programs. “I cannot determine the reasoning behind the new Broadcast Law, although I suspect that it may be an attempt by the Suhartoist élite to hang on to their ill-gotten gains,” he writes. “If so,...

Indonesia: Meaning of Peace

  25 January 2006

I'm Your Huckleberry describes what “peace” means in the restive Indonesian region of Aceh: 24-hour city transportation (so no more curfews), people returning to work the paddies and coffeeshops open again until late at night.

China: Relative Censorship

  25 January 2006

Matthew Stinson explains how media censorship in China is uneven, using the example of a provincial TV reporter, censored by his bosses, who put up his story as a videoblog, which then got picked up by a Shanghai network that ended up broadcasting its own story based on it.

China: New Year's Resolution

  25 January 2006

Bingfeng Teahouse has a New Year's resolution he hopes his countrymen will adopt: have a set of personal chopsticks so that he can stop using disposable wooden ones. China cuts down as many as 25 million trees to produce and export disposable chopsticks.

Southeast Asia: ASEAN Irritants

  24 January 2006

Go Figure discusses some continuing obstacles on the road to Southeast Asian economic integration, including both political and economic nationalism.

China: Time of Forgetting

  24 January 2006

At Beijing or Bust, Chinafool reflects on China's present shiny consumer culture and its scarred ideological past. “In this new China where nobody seemed to have painful memories to suffer through, I couldn’t help wondering – Do we have to remember if the memory only pains us? Do we have...

Indonesia: Removing Bad Air

  23 January 2006

The Lucretius Plan catches malaria on the island of Flores, Indonesia. Finding little by way of Western medicine, he goes to a local healer who massages him to release the bad wind.

Philippines: Boxing Victory

  23 January 2006

The main topic among Philippine blogs this past weekend was the victorious knockout of Mexican boxer Erik Morales by Filipino Manny Pacquiao. Clickmomukhamo writes a (close-to-literal) blow-by-blow account of the match.

Singapore: Fragile State?

  23 January 2006

A Xeno Boy in Sg posts a meditation on a quote from a government minister, who predicted dire consequences if the public supported an opposition party's proposal to scrap the country's ethnic integration policies. He writes: “When the notion that “racial harmony will be destroyed” is invoked in this manner...

Taiwan: Read It and ::>_<::

  23 January 2006

In Taiwan, many are upset about the appearance of Internet slang in questions on the all-important college exam. Pinyin News explains what some mean, including ::>_

South Korea, Taiwan: Lost in Translation

  23 January 2006

Pinyin News discusses the sorry state of translation in Korea, as compared to Japan. Many translations are not direct from English but from Japanese translations, and (apparently) Korea does not have a proper English-Korean dictionary. According to Taiwan-based Mind of Mike, though, there's little worry: “English Sucks!”