Thursday, June 30, 2005
It's great to see so many cultures, nations and languages are represented and reading this blog. In that vain, let's share with everyone where we are from and what we think is the BEST THING about East Asia.
I'll start: I'm from Denmark and the best thing about East Asia is the region's economic and political development over the past 30 or so years. This has pulled millions of people out of poverty. Something other regions (especially Africa) could learn from.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Did you hear? According to an opinion poll in 16 different countries, China is more popular than the US!
The Pew Research Center published the poll today, to the great revelation of most people.
Or is it surprising?
After the War in Iraq, it seems that the US is no more popular as Vanuatu. But does it matter?
Anti-Americanism has been an issue in East Asia for quite some time. Will it get worse? Hard to say, but perhaps we'll start to see the political repurcussions, as the children who grew up with anti-american sentiments are now at the wheel in various Asian governments.
Or is it just a media/general hype?
What is the role of the US in East Asia? - Lemme hear your say:::
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Often left without a clue on what path to take after graduating from collage, teaching in Asia is a widely popular adventure many a native English speaker embark upon. I can personally testify that although it may not teach one the work skills you would want to use in a corporate career, it definitely opens your eyes to a whole new culture (or in some cases, the horrors thereof) and gives you the memories of a lifetime.
Cookiesap has taught English in South Korea and China, where he had a stupendous time. Indeed. One of the best ways for him to maintain the positive recollection; however, was through his ability to "move on." By returning to grad school and commencing on something new, he was not be trapped in the world of ESL and ABCs for the rest of his days.
I would like to hear about your teaching experiences in Asia, whether it was in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, or wherever, tell us all about it. I want to hear your take on this popular undertaking. Also - which country is best..and even better, what place should be avoided?
Sunday, June 19, 2005
What's going on in
Once again, Cookiesap is looking through the maze of media reports about the secretive junta-ruled state in
On this important day, President Bush had the graciousness to issue a statement on this day that included:
"Her strength, courage, and personal sacrifice in standing up for the oppressed people of Burma have inspired those who stand for freedom".
But are we really standing up for freedom, or carelessly looking at the events in
Are we standing in the way of
Although a military invasion of Yangon, a-la the US in Baghdad, might not be the most successful way of bringing liberty and freedom to Aung San Suu Kyi and her people; there are so many other things we can do. First of all, why are we not demanding for our own politicians to take a more creative stance vis-à-vis
Now is the time to spread awareness about
Cookiesap is kow-towing (ke tou) and begging the Burmese leadership to release Aung San Suu Kyi and commence on a slow, but steady transition towards freedom (or democracy) in
May all the religions of the world bless 'The Lady’?
Link to : Free Burma Campaign
Sunday, June 12, 2005
It is therefore time to readjust the
I have a theory behind this. It can be assumed that the current Bush administration (and his republican cohorts) sees little purpose in solving the situation, as it simply could lead to a bigger mess. The regional order, strategically, is de facto controlled by the
Now it's your turn::
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Congratulations to Iran, Japan and South Korea.
These are the first teams to qualify for the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany.
In the past, it has mostly been South American and European teams that have dominated the global soccer scene. With today's rumors of Korean's Park considering a move to Man U., is this a sign that Asian soccer is on the rise and that their very organized and strong team-player efforts are paying off? The soccer-fuss definitely sky-rocketed after the last world cup in Korea/Japan, and it was facinating to see how patriotic and deeply emotional the Korean fans were after their victories against Italy and Spain. I certainly would love to see any of the newly qualified teams from Asia win their first World Cup.
Is there a chance Japan, Iran or South Korea could win then next world cup, or is it just wishful thinking?
Monday, June 06, 2005
Brace yourselves for the next civil war in China!
Western influence was indirectly responsible for the first Tiananmen Square incident. At the time, China's government rejected the outside world while Chinese academia embraced new ideas of democracy and capitalism.
Over the past 16 years, the Chinese government has become more hands off and has allowed a semi-capitalistic (yet still very controlled) approach rule mainland China, more so in the model "posterboyesque" cities of Beijing & Shanghai.
I believe that there will be another Tiananmen incident, or should I say revolution, and when this occurs the tables will be reversed. Poor Chinese peasants/farmers/laborers from outside the city-centers (comprising the majority of the country's population) will be sick and tired of the oppressive, exploitative Chinese ruling class. They will attempt to rise against and rebel the contradictory Chinese government. Whereas in the past China's communistic approach aimed at helping other countries overthrow democratic world leaders, its own new-founded "democratic/communistic" ruling party will ironically have to fight to maintain their stronghold on the nation.
What will be interesting is to see is if other nations attempt to intervene. If the war in Iraq was a sign of the UN's cohesiveness, strength, and political clout, this upcoming clash of power will need be completely resolved within the confines of the "Great Wall."
Sunday, June 05, 2005
A Cookiesap commentary:
Every morning the Chinese flag is raised with pride and nationalism on
Sixteen years ago, on this day, the Chinese government authorized its military to solve the on-going student protest-crisis on
With the Tian An Men incident’s status as a major milestone in modern history of
The underlying question now concerns what the past 16 years can teach us of what is to come in the next 16. The answer: very little! As you may recall,
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