Asia Education

Hostage-taking highlights importance of continued reporting, uselessness of news blackout

By Mon, Aug 23, 2010 6:50PM UTC

A student from De La Salle University (DLSU)-Manila interviewed me via email about the concept of news blackout. This is a very timely topic considering the ongoing hostage-taking not yet been resolved as I write this today (August 23, 6:45 p.m.). Breaking news like hostage-taking highlights the uselessness of a

Ancient language scholar looks at Cambodia-Thailand border dispute

By Fri, Aug 20, 2010 10:06AM UTC

Guest contributor Eisel Mazard at New Mandala wrote a blog post: “Cambodia is not a Province of Thailand: the Modern Myth of Suvaṇṇabhūmi“. The Pali language scholar takes a quick look at history, nationalism, and propaganda of Cambodia and Thailand. “Suvaṇṇabhūmi” is not just the name of an airport: it

Taiwan colleges to admit Chinese students

By Thu, Aug 19, 2010 9:01PM UTC

Taiwan’s legislature approved a bill Thursday to allow Chinese students to study at local universities, dismantling another barrier in a bid to further ease hostilities between the once-bitter rivals. The bill, to take effect in early 2011, will allow local colleges to admit up to 2,000 mainland students a year

…a little wine terminology

By Thu, Aug 19, 2010 12:14PM UTC

  acidity: a quality of wine that gives it a sharp, crisp taste due to the presence of acids. Acidity also contributes to successful aging of wine. Too much acid makes a wine too sharp, while too little can make if dull and flat. apera: the Australian name for the

Turtle pie and other funny signs

By Wed, Aug 18, 2010 9:45PM UTC Turtle pie and other funny signs

To funny sign makers I ask (with apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning): How do I hate thee? Let me italicize the ways… The main ingredient of buko pie is buko (coconut). For apple pie, it’s apple. Very obvious, right? So what do you make of this pie? Unlike our previous

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