Monday, September 22, 2014
Shirley Yamaguchi, a popular Japanese singer and actress also known as Toshiko Otaka and Ri Koran, died in Tokyo on Sept. 7. She was 94. Born Toshiko Yamaguchi (山口淑子) in Shenyang, Manchuria in 1920, Shirley made her name first as a singer and then as a film star as Ri Koran (Li Xianglan, 李香蘭), because she was “adopted” as a daughter of her father's Chinese friend Li Jichun (李際春).
> Joe Hung
The 17th Asian Games taking place over this fortnight in Incheon, Republic of Korea seems a friendly affair if the official slogan for the meet, “Diversity Shines Here,” is anything to go by.
Muslim societies are gradually opening up, when it comes to women. The older culture of segregation was based on early marriages, which helped prevent sexual frustration. But economic pressure and evolving social attitudes are rapidly changing that tradition.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
“Identity politics” is how former U.S. President Bill Clinton sums up the continuing powerful drive for independence in Scotland. He describes the growing worldwide phenomenon of identification with an ethnic or other group as a major challenge to international cooperation.
When I read the question that the freshman had written on a small piece of paper and put into my hand three days ago, a news report of last Monday came to mind.
The people of Scotland have spoken, and they have said No to their independence. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has stepped down as a result, while British Prime Minister David Cameron is credited as the man who saved the Union. The victory of the No camp should not come as a surprise after the huge amount of pressure that was brought to bear on the Yes campaign, with dignitaries high and low coming with promises, threats and dire warnings about an independent Scotland.
Korea's rice market will open fully to foreign imports starting next year, ending 20 years of rice import caps.
U.S. President Barack Obama faces growing skepticism in Washington over his plan to defeat Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria without U.S. ground troops, with critics blasting the strategy as unrealistic and half-hearted.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Presidents, prime ministers, kings and potentates are gathering in New York for the 69th General Assembly of the U.N. But as diplomats come together for the annual general debate which begins on Sept. 24, there' s a cloud of political and social unease greeting delegations from the 193 member states; issues ranging from regional wars, to humanitarian crises, nuclear proliferation, the spread of infections disease, and the scimitar of ISIS terrorism.
Alibaba Group's U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants in China's state-dominated economy.