LAST MONTH IN EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA - January 2023
2023 has begun with significant events, including the legalization of cross-border same-sex marriage in Taiwan, China's first population decline, and changes in political leadership in Vietnam. Eased travel restrictions in China are also notable.
Oshogatsu: New Year’s food and tradition in Japan
In Japan, New Year’s celebration is called Oshōgatsu. It is celebrated from New Year’s Eve until January 3rd. On New Year’s Eve, people visit shrines and temples, listen to the temple bells ring 108 times on the stroke of midnight, and enjoy some buckwheat noodles. The following days are filled with visiting family, friends and acquaintances. Some also go for the traditional first visit to the shrine of the year.
LAST MONTH IN EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA - December 2022
Unarmed Chinese and Indian soldiers clashed at the borders last December. Indonesia passed a new controversial law which then made the exception for tourists. While this year, Koreans become one year younger, and Japan's nuclear plants are soon to be reoperated.
The formation of ASEAN and its prospects
The history of the ASEAN is rarely known. From the inception to today's problematics, this article proposes to shed light on the South East Asian alliance.
LAST MONTH IN EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA - November 2022
In this month's news article, we present the North Korean leader revealing his daughter to the world, a deadly earthquake of 5.6 magnitudes in West Java of Indonesia, one of the drivers of the protests against the zero-COVID policy in China, and the ASEAN Summit hosted in Cambodia.