Oiwan Lam · April, 2007

Latest posts by Oiwan Lam from April, 2007

Japan: US$900 bid scandal

  18 April 2007

Gyaku has translated some news and documents on a huge scandal of Japanese government in contracting out a new biometric immigration system (finger print identification system) to Accenture Japan Ltd. The bid for this contract was awarded at a price of only 100,000 yen (maintenance services: 90,000 yen, product development...

Taiwan: DIY media activist workshop

  18 April 2007

Inertia from Heterotopias announced the DIY media activist workshop to be help in Taipei end of April [zh]. Details can be found here (en and zh Bilingual site): “There will be several experienced media activists attend this workshop from Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea, including the non-profit art-technology organization and...

China and U.S: Shooter Online Report

  18 April 2007

Graham Webster from Transpacific Triangle noticed that the online journalistic story about Virginia Tech Shooter has been edited with the same URL without mentioning their previous mistake: The papers apparently have used the same URL for their online story on the shooting, continually editing it. In this case, the Times...

South Korea: The Politics of Pride and Shame

  18 April 2007

Michael Hurt discussed about the politics of pride and shame in South Korea society. His prediction on the social and media reaction on the recent events at Virginia Tech, with the mass murder-suicide of Cho Seung-Hui is very accurate: There is going to be serious national shame, expressed through the...

Asia: Start Drawing

  18 April 2007

startdrawing.org is a web resource portal for Asia's artists and drawings. This site was started with the aim of showcasing and sharing drawings from talented artists in Asia, and in the process, promote the joys of drawing — via Dan Washburn from Shanghaiist.

Japan: Adult Woman

  17 April 2007

It is funny that the beauty of adult woman has to be reminded in a society: With nine-year old girls in thong bikinis currently leading the march of eroticism in Japan (or at least grabbing the most real estate in der Zeitgeist), refined culture magazine for urban professionals Brutus has...

Japan and China: Tea

  17 April 2007

Alexpappas in Japundit blogs a news report about Japanese merchants in taking tea back to China as it is the biggest potential market: Affluent Chinese are paying as much as 6,000-7,000 yen for 100 grams for the finest-grade longjing tea, often bought as gifts…

Taiwan: Mainstream media distortion

  17 April 2007

Ilya blogs about the distortion by the mainstream media, especially from T.V channels on the recent Losheng parada. Michael Turton also posted photos of a demonstration in April 14 protesting against the fabrication of the gangster video by the Chinese-owned news station TVBS.

China: New Slang

  17 April 2007

Joel Martinsen from Danwei translated two articles (one from YWeekend and another from Wu Fei's blog) discussing about new slang in China, the latter was worried about the impact of hooliganish language on the society.

China: Crisis in Humanities

  17 April 2007

Xueyong blogs about the crisis of the faculty of humanities in universities in as a result of the students’ pragmaticism in choosing major subject. He suggests the only way out is general education [zh].

China: Orchid crime

  17 April 2007

Zeng-ying blogs about a homocide case in Cheng-du. The murderer has killed 4 people and assaulted 2. Behind this cold blood murder is the Orchid market (zh). The price of some rare orchids has increased 10 of thousand times in the past few years.

Japan: Will Day

  16 April 2007

Joe Jones blogs about the April 15 Will Day and Japanese Will Law in Japan Law Blog. The day is designated by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

South Korea: Potential of UCC

  16 April 2007

Michael Hurt has written a long post on the development of user created content (UCC) in South Korea. He felt that the creativity is behind the technology development.

Hong Kong and Taiwan: Cross Border Citizen Reporting

  16 April 2007

Citizen reporters from Hong Kong have spontaneously organized a trip to Taiwan to report on Losheng preservation campaign. Lee Chung-nei carried with her a very simple question: why do these group of 70 years old grannies would stand up to resist the government policy? [zh]

Hong Kong: Human and Dog Competing for Space

  16 April 2007

Plato from inmediahk.net wrote a letter to the Chief Executive office to tell his experience in competing public space with dogs in the King's Park Hill [zh] (he was assaulted by dogs). As a result of the development plan that aims at eradicating “streets” with shopping mall, both grassroots and...

China: A Bottomless Glass

  16 April 2007

Chai jin wrote a poem in her blog “A bottomless Glass”[zh] for a charity organization: If we only talk about poverty and not about how to empower the poor and the vulnerables to voice out for their rights, to monitor the powerful social groups and enjoy same rights… we are...

China: Baidu JP blocked?

  16 April 2007

William long tries to investigate why mainland Chinese netizen can't visit Baidu again [zh]. The result showed that i.p from China are reset by Baidu japan site.

China: Rat Poison

  16 April 2007

Tim Beckenham from Shanghaiist puts together reports on recent rat poison incidents which caused hundreds of illnesses in northern part of China.