Phuntso Wangye, a longtime Tibetan communist who was part of the annexation of Tibet by the Chinese communist government last century, died 10 days ago at age 91. With a lifelong participation in the Chinese government and having been imprisoned for 18 years for speaking out on behalf of minority rights, Phuntso called at the end of his life for speedy reconciliation with the exiled Dalai Lama.
It has been two weeks since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished over the South China Sea with no indication of distress. Still, authorities don't know where the plane is or what happened to it. To make things worse, the country's chaotic lack of coordination in its response to the incident has made a growing number of people feel upset by the crash news, especially families waiting for a definitive answer to the flight MH370 mystery.
2014/3/24, 1 Comment
On Saturday, a series of updates to Beijing's law on protection of consumer rights took effect. The new revisions are hailed by the communist party mouthpiece as dramatically boosting the legal recourse available to buyers over grievances.
One of the few certainties in life is that it ends. We live until the day we don't.
2014/3/13, 1 Comment
On Wednesday, a contestant in the South Korean reality TV show “Jjak” was found to have committed suicide, leaving a note saying that she “couldn't stop crying,” according to police. Subsequent media reports indicated that she had told relatives that she was under tremendous stress due to public exposure resulting from her appearance on the show.
While it is known as the First World War, the war of 1914 to 1918 has widely been seen as a faraway conflict from a long-past era in Asia. The war's centennial this year would probably pass by with ceremonial (but scarce) notice in the continent had it not been used as a historical background to highlight the tense regional relations between Japan and China by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Individual beliefs do not stay confined to the people who possess them; they can affect how society functions, and this rings true in every culture. Despite the awakening of feminism and the promotion of women's rights, gender inequality is still deeply rooted in numerous cultures and exists beyond the glass ceiling and sexual harassment.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe couldn't have a talk with mainland Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi on the Black Sea shore of Russia last Friday, but scored a nimble win in his summit diplomacy by getting Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Tokyo in the fall to discuss how to facilitate the return to Japan of its Northern Territories.
The 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off in Sochi on Friday with a festival of music, dance and fashion, as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin's bravado in front of international media for organizing the largest and most expensive Games in history.
The recent decision of France's highest administrative court to uphold the ban on the new show of the stand-up comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala was rightly hailed as a “victory” by the French government and media.
2014/1/13, 2 Comments