Asia Education

Conversion to Roman Catholic literally comes at a cost

By Fri, Oct 01, 2010 11:59AM UTC

  One of the things Hong Kong people enjoy is the freedom of religion. Although there are isolated reports of government harrassment, members of the public are free to practice their chosen faith. But since some schools provide preferential treatment to Roman Catholic or other Christian denominations when admitting students,

Korean Human Rights Commission investigates internet racism

By Fri, Oct 01, 2010 9:47AM UTC

Original article in Korean is here. “Those people smell just like armpits.” “Those people commit a lot of rape, don’t they?” “There’s no way to know who’s an illegal.” A picture of black people taking food after a flood was titled “looting?” while a photo of white people doing the

A writer’s ordeal in China

By Thu, Sep 30, 2010 6:08PM UTC

Chen Xi Wo is one of contemporary China’s most respected writers and one its most outspoken voices on freedom of expression for writers. Because of his refusal to compromise on style or political content, however, Chen was to go nearly 20 years before his works could find publication. Active in

‘River crisis’ worsens threat of water scarcity – study

By Thu, Sep 30, 2010 10:34AM UTC

The vast majority of the world’s rivers are reeling from pollution, over-development and excessive extraction, and billions of dollars of investment by rich countries to avert water stress have damaged biodiversity, a study released on Wednesday said. “Rivers around the world really are in a crisis state,” said one of

Leading Yale professor opposes Singapore tie-up

By Thu, Sep 30, 2010 12:05AM UTC

Having written extensively about the limits on academic freedom in Singapore, I was rather surprised to see that Yale was in talks with the National University of Singapore about setting up a “liberal arts college” in the restrictive city state. Especially as the UK’s Warwick University abandoned an earlier proposal