Asia Education

Singapore gets all Stalinist over Youth Olympics

By Sun, Aug 15, 2010 7:08PM UTC

Unlike many Singaporean bloggers and online commenters, I don’t have any major objections to Singapore’s decision to host the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, which begun this weekend. Many have complained about the financial impact of holding the games, with the budget trebling from the original forecast to $290m, but such spiralling costs are par for the

Taiwan teens face hard road to academic excellence

By Thu, Aug 12, 2010 4:00PM UTC

In an incense-filled temple, Jaleese Liao bowed deeply to beseech last minute help from Taoist gods before taking the rigorous high school entrance exams that will do much to determine her future. The 16-year-old with carefully coifed hair brought her school uniform and identification cards to be blessed at a

Women in Asia: Remembering Afghan women

By Thu, Aug 12, 2010 1:07PM UTC

Following the overthrow of the misogynistic Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the situation for women seemed to enter a promising era. A Ministry of Women was established and a new constitution guaranteed women 25 percent representation. Further progress has halted. Over 80 percent of Afghan women are illiterate and many remain

`Silence No Parking’ and other funny signs

By Wed, Aug 11, 2010 11:00AM UTC `Silence No Parking’ and other funny signs

If you can identify a non-sequitur argument, you would know what’s wrong with this sign a mile away (or a few feet away, depending on your eyesight). This sign reminds me of an old Filipino joke “Huwag maingay. May naglalaba (Be quiet. Someone’s doing the laundry).” Indeed, one doesn’t follow

US official in China to talk food, drug safety

By Wed, Aug 11, 2010 9:39AM UTC

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that partnership with China is key regulating the safety of goods coming into the United States, especially to prevent problems such as the contaminated blood thinner heparin linked to the deaths of 81 people. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, on

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