(Published by The Straits Times of Singapore, August 29) MARK J. VALENCIA WRITES – Relations between the United States and China – overall and in the South China Sea in particular – are rapidly deteriorating. The two countries are escalating the situation and a military clash is a distinct possibility.…Full Article SOUTH CHINA SEA: HOW CHINA AND THE US CAN AVOID A CLASH
YVONNE EPPS WRITES — Tensions over the South China Sea reached its peak last week, but this kerfuffle between China and Vietnam is quite different than the tug of war over the Parcel Islands earlier this year. Everyone wants a piece of this pie, but who loses in the end?…Full Article VIETNAM: The Biggest Bully of the South China Sea
STEPHANIE GARCIA WRITES -The Singapore government just made it a lot harder for small news outfits to do their jobs. But netizens refuse to go down without a fight. On May 28 the Media Development Agency (MDA) enacted new Internet regulations on news sites. Under the rules, sites that regularly…Full Article SINGAPORE: New MDA Regulations Have Web Users Up in Arms
Thanks to the advent of social media sites, so-called “citizen journalism” is on the rise. Myra Martin of The Straits Times, Singapore’s largest and most influential daily, reports that a recent survey found a majority of these casual writers are between the ages of 15 to 24. Conducted by students…Full Article SINGAPORE: Citizen Journalists Get Their Facts Right
From online games to media distribution, the interactive digital media (IDM) sector of Singapore has once again seen a surge of growth that has put it “ahead of the rest of the local IT sector.” According to The Straits Times, Singapore’s leading daily, the managing consultancy Deloitte recently released figures…Full Article SINGAPORE: State Support Games Digital Media Growth
The ways in which people deal with stress varies greatly. For some, a night out with friends is enough to lighten the load. However, for some, another way to handle it is to vent on the Internet. As reported by Elena Chong of The Straits Times…Full Article SINGAPORE: Asian Man May Lose More Than Face on Facebook
Political criticism encompasses one of the most censored topics in China. Mediums through which people express such views range from the ubiquitous blog to artistic pieces. Regarding the latter, the works of Chinese brothers Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang are among the most critical with their condemnation towards Mao Zedong.…Full Article SINGAPORE: In Search of Forgiveness … from Mao?!
Earlier this month the Straits Times, Singapore’s most widely read newspaper, held its third “Sunday Times’ Parents Forum” where speakers encouraged the parental usage of English-language media in the education of their children…Full Article SINGAPORE: Forum Held to Promote Usage of Media for Teaching English