China has been known as a state of comity (禮儀之邦) for millennia. Comity means friendly, social atmosphere. China used to be a country of social harmony. It isn't a state of comity any more.
- Joe Hung
Social media is once again playing a hero's role, this time in immediately drawing to the world's attention the human and other consequences of the recent massive earthquake in Nepal, and playing a vital part in bringing about crucially needed global aid to the devastated mountain nation.
The debate over Ikea's link with outspoken Singaporean pastor Lawrence Khong represents in some respects a storm in a teacup. The content of the magic show is not in question; Ikea has said it respected diversity in the community (indeed, it has every commercial reason to do so); and entertainers are entitled to their own opinions.
It is old news now that Mayor Ko Wen-je touched a sore spot on the local scene last week by announcing a plan to substitute police surveillance with camera surveillance for a very specific parking zone in Taipei.
Up close and personal -- that describes targeting individuals in wartime, even when impersonal drone aircraft and electronics are employed.
2015/5/3, 1 Comment
The targeted killings of journalists, the suffocating censorship in many countries and the widening governmental controls on media activities characterize the contemporary media landscape in large parts of the world. And add the ghastly shock effect of beheadings of journalists in the Middle East by Islamic State or the barbaric attacks in the heart of Paris against the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, or the pervasive intimidation against the investigative press in Mexico by drug lords, and the picture becomes more alarming.
2015/5/2, 4 Comments
Going into business internationally has never been easier thanks to the evolution of e-commerce. It might be simple to set up websites, source or make products, then start taking online orders -- but what happens next? Are small businesses ready for the many customs hurdles ahead?
Uncertainties linger and many questions remain unanswered as the drafting of the new constitution enters its final stage and time runs out on this post-coup government's term in power.
This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the historic Bandung Conference and the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
2015/5/1, 1 Comment
The strengthening U.S.-Japan alliance is posing a strategic dilemma for South Korea as its relations with Tokyo show no signs of improving, while the need for security cooperation over North Korea's military threats rises.