East Asia

A Delicate Situation: Tensions Rise Between North and South Korea

A Delicate Situation: Tensions Rise Between North and South Korea

As the tension escalated between North and South Korea, many voices from different countries and numerous conservative politicians in South Korea suggested that the Blue House government employ the nuclear weapon redeployment tactic. A poll commissioned by YTN (Korean News Broadcast) showed that about 68% […]

Park Geun Hye’s Trial Begins

Park Geun Hye’s Trial Begins

On March 10th of this year, following weeks of mass protests, former president of South Korea Park Geun-hye was impeached unanimously as well as being charged of 18 crimes including bribery, abuse of power, coercion, and leaking of government secrets. Park’s impeachment was deeply rooted […]

The U.S. and China Trade Deal

The U.S. and China Trade Deal

On May 12th, China and the United States announced a new trade deal.  China promised to allow the United States to export beef and natural gas into China. In return, the U.S. vowed to open up its market to Chinese cooked chicken as well as […]

Trump vs Moon on North Korean Diplomacy

Trump vs Moon on North Korean Diplomacy

Following the election of Moon Jae In as South Korea’s new president, the dynamics between North and South Korea and South Korea and the United States have changed dramatically. Moon wished to restore diplomatic relations with North Korea and to reduce tensions between the two […]

Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama sentenced to two years in prison for “blasphemy” against Islam

Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama sentenced to two years in prison for “blasphemy” against Islam

On May 10th, Jakartan governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, commonly known as Ahok, was sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy. This case tested the religious tolerance in Indonesia, a country with an 87 percent Muslim population. In his campaign for reelection in 2016, Ahok […]

The Election of South Korea’s New President, Jae-in Moon

The Election of South Korea’s New President, Jae-in Moon

On May 10, 2017, the Republic of Korea elected its 12th President: Jae-in Moon. Moon is elected after his predecessor Park Geun-hye’s impeachment. Moon was the chief of staff to the Republic’s 9th President, Roh Moo-hyun, from 2003 to 2008, and also was a member […]

Is Bangkok’s Street Food Here to Stay?

Is Bangkok’s Street Food Here to Stay?

Last week, there were rumors circulating that the Thai government was going to ban Bangkok’s famous street food (which is also known for being cheap) from many of its major roads.  The chief advisor of Bangkok’s governor, Wanlop Suwandee, supposedly told The Nation, that the […]