Category: West of the Pacific Ocean

Obasuteyama

It’s never easy to become old. Whether one is looking for a job at Walmart to supplement social security in the USA or attempting to define one’s self within a new social context in another society, the process of aging is one that comes with a slew of changes,...

Film Review: The Family Game (Kazoku Geemu)

Shattering the Rules: Deconstructing the The Family Game (Kazoku Geemu) The Family Game (Kazoku Geemu), a film by Yoshimitsu Morita, is, on the surface, the story of a contemporary Japanese family who hires a tutor to help the youngest son raise his grades so that he can get into...

Another Junk coming to Hawaii

This time it’s an actual junk not a raft called Junk made of junk. I think this is pretty cool. What do you think? Maybe I can get a ride to Asia with them. “We built the boat and sailed it to prove it could be done,” said barefooted...

California Museum Hosts China's Terra Cotta Warriors

More than a dozen Chinese terra cotta warriors crafted more than 2,000 years ago to protect their emperor in the afterlife have arrived in the United States with a very different mission: cultural ambassadors. As China gears up for the 2008 Olympics, the ancient life-sized clay statues of warriors,...

The VICE guide to North Korea

This is just too awesome…if you are as fascinated by the weirdness of North Korea…check this out. Warning…these videos are very addictive…watch one and you will watch them all because North Korea is like looking at planet wierd. cd The VICE guide to North Korea...

China unveils universal healthcare scheme

China’s health minister has announced an ambitious programme to provide basic healthcare for every citizen in the world’s most populous nation. Chen Zhu said the Healthy China 2020 programme would provide a universal national health service and promote equal access to public services. Mr Chen was speaking at the...

Film award honours 'hug guru'

Actress Sharon Stone has presented India’s famous female guru, Mata Amritanandamayi, with an award for her humanitarian work. Amritanandamayi, also known as Amma, is best known for blessing her devotees with a hug. Stone presented the spiritual leader with the prize in Paris at human rights film festival Cinema...

Thailand's frenzy for amulets

For advertisers in Thailand, the most spectacular location to promote their products is on the side of the country’s tallest building, the Baiyoke Tower in Bangkok. But the image that appeared there a few weeks ago was not the usual logo for shampoo or a mobile phone company. It...

Taiwan's 'Pig of God' contest angers activists

Animal rights groups have expressed outrage at the force-feeding and sacrifice of the world’s heaviest pig in Taiwan. The obese pig was sacrificed as part of Taiwan’s Pig of God contest, an annual ceremony to honour President Chen Shui-bian. Animal activists filmed the pig’s slaughter, and the parading of...