Mini-Hiatus, and a Few Good Reads

Not being overextended in the least, I’m taking the next two or three days off from blogging about East Asia to catch up on some reading, write some grants, practice some cello, correspond with about sixty students, attend a couple of lectures, hammer out some new publishable prose,¬†and get some rest. In the meantime, Seattle area readers are encouraged to come to a performance of … Continue reading Mini-Hiatus, and a Few Good Reads

News from the Border Zone

The latest Good Friends report describes how things are tightening up significantly in the northeastern DPRK city of Hoeryong, snug up against the Chinese border: Heoryung, All-out Effort on Cracking Down of Drug Trafficking and Border Crossing On November 5, Hoeryung City in North Hamgyong Province held a community meeting of Osan Dong Residents. The purpose is to reinforce mass political propaganda as increasing number … Continue reading News from the Border Zone

Mickey Mouse Gets 20 Years in Chongqing, Mudfight in Oakland, and other news

The Chosun Ilbo gives some coverage of an Asian economic conference that just completed in the Liaodong port city/jewel of Dalian: This is the first time since China’s heyday in the 19th century that the East Asian economic bloc surpassed the European economic zone in terms of size. The reason East Asia has been gaining so much influence is that Asian countries centered around China … Continue reading Mickey Mouse Gets 20 Years in Chongqing, Mudfight in Oakland, and other news