It’s an established fact that South Korea has one of, if not the highest rate of plastic surgery per capita in the entire world, and a Japanese blog covering South Korean topic recently wondered out loud if the phenomenon hasn’t unintentionally turned the country’s Miss Korea beauty pageant into a clone parade.
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A non-governmental Chinese organization called simply “Safety Alliance” is on the lookout for a “Chief Pornography Identification Officer.” According to ChinaSmack, the group describes itself as a “neutral and impartial third-party organization, establishing industry standards for internet safety, improving China’s internet usage environment, protecting netizens’ internet rights and interests.”
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Information wants to be free, so the saying goes, and in China’s repressive media environment, millions still manage to circumvent government censorship to access sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
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A class in traditional dance at the Khmer Arts Academy in Takmao, Cambodia. (James Wasserman/SE Globe)
IN the beginning warring gods and demons churned the cosmic ocean, and celestial dancers called apsaras emerged from the froth. That’s one story about Cambodian dance, its origin myth. This tale is preserved in bas-reliefs on the monumental temples of Angkor, created (like the dance) during the Khmer Empire (802-1431), left to become ruins during centuries of vassalage and rediscovered in the 19th and 20th centuries as emblems, first of royal pride and then of national identity.
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Stunning and sobering, the photographs of high-rise apartment buildings in Hong Kong by German photographer Michael Wolf reveal his personal fascination with life in mega-cities.
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Nie Lina arrested for being pregnant (Image: All Girls Allowed)
In China, women are the runt of society’s litter. You probably already know about the one-child policy that has had families actively sidelining the fairer sex for years—a millennias-old preference for sons in Chinese society means that, if couples can only afford one child given the financial penalties for multiple kids, they tend to go for boys rather than girls. Predictions state that there will be between 30 to 40 million fewer women than men in China by 2020, which sounds like it’ll be a pretty lonely year for many in the People’s Republic.
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Splendid China – a place that might have been Mao’s nationalistic vision of Disneyland. The park’s stated mission is to condense “the Chinese history, culture, places of interest, folk arts, and customs” into one easily accessible destination in Shenzhen, about an hour from Hong Kong. And that includes little areas set out for the western provinces.
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