January 10, 2005

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Asia by Blog

Asia by Blog is a twice weekly feature, usually posted on Monday and Thursday, providing links to Asian blogs and their views on the news in this fascinating region. Previous editions can be found here.

For tsunami relief information, please see the Tsunami Help blog.

This edition contains earthquake and tsunami links, the new Communists, leaked war plans, unwanted refugees, casinos in strange places, the end of the Boom Boom Room, skimpy models plus plenty more...

The official results are up for the 2004 Asia Blog Awards.

The round-up has four five key areas of focus:

Asian Earthquake and Tsunami

Many of the links in this section are to blogs, not posts. Just scroll through each blog as they all have plenty on the Tsunami and the relief efforts.

  • Agam's Gecko has plenty of on-the-ground reports on and about the disaster and especially Aceh.
  • The Diplomad, by some members of the US Foreign Service, has a critical look at the efforts of the UN compared to others in providing relief.
  • Prince Roy, a US diplomat in India, has been dealing first-hand with the aftermath and relief efforts.
  • Ran makes it into the newspaper (full article here) - not for his photos, but for his harrowing first-hand experience in the tsunami.
  • From Indonesia Jakartass has plenty of links and posts and points to the Indonesia Help blog.
  • Fred in Sri Lanka has plenty of photos and reports.
  • Macam-macam has several posts focussing especially on Aceh, including background and history, as well as a look at the Australian aid package.
  • Friskodude has a plethora of photos from various areas.
  • India Uncut has plenty of thoughtful articles on the tsunami and its aftermath.
  • Jeff Ooi, amongst other posts, has extensive coverage.

China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

Korea and Japan

SE and Other Asia


posted by Simon on 01.10.05 at 11:17 AM in the Asia by blog category.


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The Chinese Community in the United Kingdom have been urged to show solidarity with Chinese Americans in New York and protest at the cruel and racist 'Tsunami Song' aired on Hot 97, the hip hop radio station in New York.

Chinese Americans have been demonstrating outside the Hot 97 radio station in New York after the racist song attacked the tsunami affected countries. Chinese American councillors of New York City Council have also joined in the demonstrations.

People in the wider wider Asian Community in the United Kingdom have been appalled by the song and they have been denouncing the cruel and racist Tsunami Song by Miss Jones and Todd Lynn aired over Hot 97, the hip hop radio station in New York.

The news of Hot 97's racist tsunami song is filtering through to the tsunami hit countries of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Thailand, South India. People are incensed at the song which goes beyond human decency. The governments of the tsunami hit region have been urged to take the matter up with the US Government as it insults the deaths of so many tsunami victims.

Chinese Americans and other Asian Communities have joined hundreds of Asians in the demonstrations in New York supported by New York City Councillors.

Here are the lyrics:


Date aired: Morning of January 18TH-27TH 2005 (multiple airings)
Station call letters: WQHT-New York (Hot 97)
Offending DJs: Miss Jones and Todd Lynn
Offending lyrics:

“There was a time, when the sun was shining bright
So I went down to the beach to catch me a tan
Then the next thing I knew
A wave 20 feet high came and wash your country away
And all at once, you can hear the screaming chinks.
And then no one was save from the wave.
There was Africans drowning, little Chinaman swept away
You can heard god laughing, swim you bitches swim.

So now you're screwed, it's the tsunami,
You better run and kiss your ass awake, go find your mommy
I just saw her float by, a tree right through her head.
And now your children will be sold in child slavery.

(Imitating Micheal Jackson)
"Oh on, please not the kids. I'll pay for all the kids.
all the little Indonesian kid, the little Asian kids, the Chinese kids.
the black, oh well, not the Black kids.
the White kids, the Puerto Rican kids.
I love them all. I'll pay for everything.
I promise I won't touch them."

Chinese Communities all over the world wishing to protest are requested to write to their local American Embassy and to -

HOT 97
395 Hudson St. 7th Fl.
New York, NY 10014

HOT 97 E-mail

posted by: jag on 02.03.05 at 10:02 PM [permalink]

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