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A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter - The New York Times
“Our findings suggest that censorship in China is effective not only because the regime makes it difficult to access sensitive information, but also because it fosters an environment in which citizens do not demand such information in the first place”
marketing  google  power  socialnetworking  censorship  asia  capitalism  internet  identity  attention  china  twitter  corporations  culture 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
BBC - Travel - Why no-one speaks Indonesia's language
Bahasa Indonesia was adopted to make communication easier across the vast Indonesian archipelago, but its simplicity has only created new barriers.
indonesia  language  identity  speech  trade  economy  asia 
july 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China | Fortune
Each is the pride of their not-quite-first-tier hometowns: Alibaba of the ancient city of Hangzhou near Shanghai and Tencent of shiny-new Shenzhen across the border from Hong Kong. Finally, both touch an astounding percentage of the world’s most populous country: Alibaba’s various online marketplaces count 552 million active customers; Tencent’s WeChat messaging service recently surpassed 1 billion accounts.
china  internet  business  technology  asia 
june 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Meet the five urban Chinas
China’s unprecedented urbanization ensures that its cities will collectively shape and define national trends related to infrastructure, technology, and economic growth. And because those cities loom large on the world’s economic stage, their continued evolution will help dictate key global economic, social, and environmental outcomes.
news  china  asia  economy  cities  urban 
june 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Year of the ChinaDroid | TechRice
Just as they do at home, Chinese manufacturers will start replacing Google apps on devices bound for the developing world. Rather than paying a license fee for Google’s suite of apps (Gmail, Maps, Chrome, etc.), these manufacturers want someone to pay them for pre-installs. Benedict Evans asks: “How many of these devices will have Google Play? How many users will install Google Maps? How many will come with a third-party web browser (from Tencent, say), one or two of the dozens of major Android app stores operating in China, or Amazon’s app store?” Expect to see Android devices in Jakarta, Addis Ababa, and Tehran that experiment with alternatives to Google apps. 
android  google  china  mobile  asia  business  technology 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Japan as a rice culture? Not so quick, says anthropologist | The Japan Times Online
"The power of the rice ideology meant that non-agrarian populations were written off from history. To say that Japan is a rice culture is to deny the presence of others," she said.

By the 20th century, though, rice was firmly entrenched in the national diet — and with the rise of Japan's militarism, its aggressions in mainland Asia, and then World War II, the humble seed's symbolism took a darker turn.

"Agrarian ideology was ruthlessly used by the military government," wrote Ohnuki-Tierney in her 1993 book. "White rice, that is, domestic rice, was construed to represent the purity of the Japanese self.
food  japan  asia  ritual  history  power 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Ni Hao's Your Chinese? - James Fallows - International - The Atlantic
Linguistically, things in other foreign languages that are easy to forget in seven months, like verb conjugations or noun declensions, are just not an issue in Chinese. The grammar lacks the baggage of endings in Romance and Germanic languages, and certainly Russian and Japanese that can go in one ear and out the other of language learners. I am grateful every day for the lightness, by contrast, of throwing out a string of simple Chinese words, one after the other, and not really caring if they're nouns, verbs, or adjectives because they can often be all of the above!

I know, I know, there are some other constraints and some regulated word order, but by comparison with most other languages, Mandarin grammar is easy. And the Chinese somehow grasp the gist behind clumsy word order, and quickly rearrange my words for me, like tiles in a game of anagrams.
language  china  asia  education  learning  speech  attention 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Royal Pingdom » Mobile web usage highest in Asia and Africa
"In every single one where mobile web usage makes up an unusually high share, Nokia’s Symbian OS completely dominates. In some countries more than 90% of the mobile web traffic comes from Symbian phones."
mobile  data  twitter  africa  statistics  nigeria  nokia  symbian  blackberry  asia  technology 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
About My Job: The Indologist - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan
The purpose of my field, then, is to understand something about the ways of being human in the world. And if I could find a single term to convey all that I’d be home free!
india  academia  humans  science  research  work  education  asia 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Opinion - The Public Editor: Newspapers dying? Not if you take a global view -
"'Internet advertising revenues – not just newspapers online, but all Internet advertising – was up 32.45 percent over one year and 200 percent over five years,' the report said."
newspapers  media  journalism  business  corporations  world  europe  asia  japan  china  india 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Matthew Yglesias (June 22, 2008) - The Wrath of Khan (Culture)
"Mongol, a Russian-directed Mongolian-language film about the early life of Genghis Khan that I saw Friday night is kinda weird but also kinda awesome."
cinema  china  russia  germany  film  asia  history 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How India 'Colonized' Britain - TIME
"Irrespective of the kind of things that happened in our past we owe a lot to Britain. And now that it's our turn in the sun of course we look at British things in a desirable way."
india  uk  culture  immigration  asia 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Burma: Sandwiched between giants
"The consequences of that seem to suggest a shift in perspective more from the Indian side than from China's, which has never claimed to be a champion of human rights. [...]"
india  china  geography  asia  power  politics  burma 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Mighty Brands in Action! -- World Economic Forum: Is "Brand USA" suffering? Perhaps not
"[...] US companies still account for 50% of the top 10 brands in China in terms of market recognition and loyalty, and in Italy the figure is only slightly lower."
china  usa  marketing  identity  business  corporations  capitalism  globalization  europe  asia 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories - New York Times
"China not only was the world’s biggest palm oil importer last year, holding steady at 5.2 million tons in the first 11 months of the year, but it also doubled its soybean oil imports to 2.9 million tons, forcing buyers elsewhere to switch to palm oil."
china  food  globalization  economics  farming  health  asia 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: They've Got Those Mekong Blues Again
"The underground people are getting hip to world music, and the world music side is getting hip to how you don’t have to have a dreadlock wig and Guatemalan pants to be cool."
music  cambodia  asia  rock  losangeles  identity  aesthetics 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - E-Media Tidbits - Why is Baidu Beating Google in China?
"The most popular game in China provides excellent training in grabbing fast chances in a fast-changing environment. In contrast, Western strategies tend to reward long-term planning, branding, and a stable environment. [...T]hese values matter less."
china  web  internet  newspapers  games  creativity  aesthetics  asia  asian 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Buddhist Channel | Buddhism News, Headlines | Japan | Buddhism forced to turn trendy to attract a new generation in Japan
"There was a time when people would go to their local temple for advice on all sorts of problems, not just spiritual matters. This bar is just the same, a place where people can come and talk freely about their problems."
via:jbrotherlove  buddhism  religion  spirituality  japan  asia  alcohol  beverages  psychology 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The fatal shore | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
"[E]xpatriate Bangladeshis send more money home per capita than their Chinese and Indian counterparts. Last year, over $5bn went directly into the Bangladeshi economy, sent from Britain, the US, and, most substantially, from the Middle East."
bangladesh  asia  money  globalization  china  india  economics 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Losing an Edge, Japanese Envy India’s Schools - New York Times
“Until now, Japanese saw China and India as backwards and poor. As Japan loses confidence in itself, its attitudes toward Asia are changing. It has started seeing India and China as nations with something to offer."
japan  china  india  education  asia  asian  identity  globalization 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
In Laos, Chinese Motorcycles Change Lives - New York Times
"Mr. Gu said he could tell a Japanese brand, made in Thailand, just by listening [...] Some Thai-made Japanese motorcycles can go 10 years without an engine overhaul. Chinese bikes, he said, usually need major repairs within three to four years."
china  japan  marketing  scooter  oil  transportation  asia 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A New Sensation in Iraq: Motor Scooters - New York Times
“The Japanese ones, they never have defects. But the Chinese ones, their electric wiring always goes.”
scooter  iraq  china  japan  transportation  cities  urban  oil  marketing  asia 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Water Scarcity Threatens China's Future - Environment - New York Times
"China’s disadvantage, compared with the United States, is that it has a smaller water supply yet almost five times as many people. China has about 7 percent of the world’s water resources and roughly 20 percent of its population."
china  usa  water  environment  economics  asia  cities  farming  population 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
General Warns Of China's Military Power, Commander Says Iraq War Reduces U.S. Military's Ability To Keep Pace And Meet Contingencies - CBS News
"For the first time in history, we are seeing another nation, in this case China, with newer fighters than we have. We know that they continue to invest at a level that is unprecedented. We need to be watchful of Chinese military capabilities."
china  usa  military  asia  iraq 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A New Country’s Tough Non-Elective: Portuguese 101 - New York Times
"The imposition of new national languages happens when countries are colonized and it happens when they decolonize, he said. Sometimes, as in East Timor, it happens a second time when they decolonize again."
indonesia  language  culture  asian  asia  power  communication 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Humans Have Spread Globally, and Evolved Locally - New York Times
"[W]e know now there are enough genetic differences between people from different parts of the world that you can classify people in groups that correspond to popular notions of race."
evolution  race  racism  science  research  africa  african  asia  asian  europe  australia 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | South Asia | India rattled by vibrating condom
"The government's job is to promote family planning and population control measures rather than market products for sexual pleasure."
sex  india  aesthetics  design  hiv  aids  families  government  asian  asia 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A life out of the newsroom – and into the news |
"On a wickedly cold Chicago day eight years ago, I walked to work, made my way through the newsroom cubicles, entered my editor's office, gave her three weeks' notice, and then sat down at my desk."
writing  work  jobs  europe  travel  chicago  asia  africa  identity 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge Life | Geisha grrrls
"They hear this stuff from their moms, And they're like, 'Once you get married and have kids, you're locked into an 18-year job.' If you can delay that, then you can travel, you can learn languages, you can make your own money, do your own thing."
women  gender  feminism  work  corporations  japan  asia  men  nonfiction  interviews 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge

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