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[Australia Report] Prime Minister Gillard releases “White Book” on future policy

[Australia Report] Prime Minister Gillard releases “White Book” on future policy

Amid the anxiousness of super power countries on the changing of global power that is predicted to take place in 20 to 30 years, Australia feels the need to reevaluate its foreign policy. “Foreseeing future is risky, but the bigger risk is the absence of planning our own future. As a nation, we are facing […]

[ASEAN Report] Indecent Malaysian advertisement offends Indonesians

[ASEAN Report] Indecent Malaysian advertisement offends Indonesians

A recent advertisement in Malaysia saying “Indonesian Maid on Sale!” raised protest from Indonesia. Malaysia Ministry of Labor and Transmigration promised to investigate those related to the advertisement. Malaysian government said the person who made the advertisement is recognized as Rubini. Responding to Indonesian protest, Indonesian Minister of Labor and Transmigration Muhaimin Iskandar asked people not to jump to a conclusion. […]

The Difference between the Korean and the Japanese Perspectives on “Dokdo”

The Difference between the Korean and the Japanese Perspectives on “Dokdo”

The arguments about Dokdo issue between the Japanese and the Korean people seem to be gradually increasing with the Senkaku(“Diaoyu” in Chinese) territorial issue. I think that there is the fundamental difference between the Japanese and the Korean Perspectives on Dokdo issue and to understand it is very important to solve this problem. So I […]

[Indonesia Report] Traditional Batik Tulis, an invaluable cultural legacy of Indonesia

[Indonesia Report] Traditional Batik Tulis, an invaluable cultural legacy of Indonesia

Batik is Indonesian traditional fabric with classic ethnic pattern. The traditional Batik is drawn by Indonesian artists and the method they use is known as a wax-resist dyeing. This kind of Batik is different from the printed pattern batik that is common to find these days. The Batik artists use a tool called canting in […]

Cafe emerges as a favorite spot for Korean students to study

Cafe emerges as a favorite spot for Korean students to study

This month, most of Korean University students are facing mid term examinations. Fitting the general image of Asian students being smart and diligent in their studies, Korean students are studying hard to prepare for the exems. In my home country of Indonesia, most of the time, college students are studying at their own homes, friend’s house, library or […]

[Indonesia Report] Hallyu Wave in Indonesia seems to continue enjoying popularity

[Indonesia Report] Hallyu Wave in Indonesia seems to continue enjoying popularity

Some music critics in Indonesia predicted the Hallyu Wave would be over soon, but it doesn’t seem to be correct. After Mblaq’s successful concert in their tour of “The Blaq” in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, on June this year, Indonesian Hallyu fans were also entertained by another Korean Boy Band, Big Bang, who just also recently […]

Pakistani Farmers Harvest Rice Amid Fear Of Drastic Crop Reduction Due To Heavy Monsoon Rains

Pakistani Farmers Harvest Rice Amid Fear Of Drastic Crop Reduction Due To Heavy Monsoon Rains

Need becomes ‘Mother of Invention’ The delayed but unprecedented heavy monsoon rains had played havoc in Sindh and Balochistan provinces of Pakistan in mid of September 2012. Several deaths, destruction of houses and damage to crops were reported from two provinces. The overall losses to growers are estimated to be around ninety percent however approximately […]

Crouching tigers, hidden Christian message

Crouching tigers, hidden Christian message

While world media attention was heavily focused on the Olympics this summer, another Olympics of a slightly more wordy nature may have escaped your attention: The Alphabet Olympics, that saw representatives from over 26 nations flock to Bangkok for “The Second World Alphabet Olympiad’’ ― a linguistic marathon, designed to sort out (once and for […]

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