Category Archives: Asia

How Japanese and Americans Save Differently

Cash is a much safer way of saving in Japan than in the United States; it doesn’t lose as much value over time, unlike here. Continue reading

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Japan’s Strange Isolation, and How It Hurts Us and Japan

In an ideal world, Japanese companies would have spread the smart-phone to us years before Apple came up with the idea, and our advances in technology would have convinced Japanese companies to abandon the wasteful fax machine years ago. Continue reading

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What Foreign Language Do North Koreans Learn? English!

North Korea has been in the news in the past few days and weeks. Most of the attention has been negative; tensions have risen between North Korea and the United States. Not that this is new. The two countries have … Continue reading

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Tourism in the United States

A lot of people visit America. According to the latest estimates, about sixty million people came in 2011. Continue reading

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How North Korea Fell Behind South Korea, Part 2

It seems that there were three main events that caused North Korea’s economic decline: juche, the end of Soviet aid, and the incompetence of Kim Jong-Il. Continue reading

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How North Korea Fell Behind South Korea, Part 1

The story of the two Koreas is a common American tale amongst the educated classes. Continue reading

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Colonialism As Portrayed By the British Media

Something quite peculiar sometimes happens when the British press deals with India, however. One occasionally comes across a news article hinting about British benevolence during the colonial era. Often this may take the form of a local Indian purportedly speaking to the reporter about how he or she missed life under the British Raj. Continue reading

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