Society

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China Gets Punk’d

"You can only be safe when you have nothing to expose!" A skinny Chinese guy screams. In English. The words may not mean much but the pose is everything. In his black v-neck sweater and hip re... Read More...
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A Filipina’s Happy Slip is Showing

For decades, actors of Asian descent have been trying make it big by breaking into mainstream Hollywood, usually with limited success. Thirty-one year old Christine Gambito, an American born to Filipino ... Read More...
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Online China Goes to Japan for Porn

Much ado has been made over China’s constant efforts to protect its citizens from the nefarious influence of free flowing Internet information. Falun Gong, Wikipedia, Reporters Without Borders, BBC New... Read More...
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Politics and Free Expression in Indonesia

Once a week in Jakarta, the antics of a fictitious president named Si Butet dari Yogya – whose initials are “coincidentally” the same as those of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudho... Read More...
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Korea’s Baby Crisis

All across Asia, in a stunning reversal of history, birth rates are falling at a startling rate in the most-developed economies. But nowhere on earth is the birth rate falling faster than in one of the reg... Read More...
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Book Review: How Countries Compete

How Countries Compete By Richard H.K. Vietor 282pp, US$35 Harvard Business School Press Dick Vietor has a simple premise: countries compete as much as businesses compete. However, business execu... Read More...
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Palawan’s Sea Gypsies Under Threat

Very few people outside the Badjao community on the Philippine island of Palawan speak their tribal language. But somehow, you just know what it means to hear someone shout “Shark! Shark!” in any ... Read More...
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Pan-Asian Beauty Battle

While Singapore Airlines has spent 35 years building its brand around the Singapore Girl – whose sexy-chaste figure, clad in a clinging floor-length dress, has become almost the emblem of Singapore itse... Read More...