Category Archives: Environment

LA Area Giveaway: Tickets to “Mare Nubium” at LA Bloom

UPDATE 4/25/2012: Congrats to our winner: FL! In Los Angeles, hidden behind a blank wall, one can find the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC), a top purveyor of Japanese arts and culture. From this hidden gem comes a … Continue reading

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Asians and Asian Americans Named 2012 TED Fellows

From Yahoo News: “TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, announces 25 new members of 2012’s TED Fellows class. Founded in 2009, the TED Fellows program handpicks world-changing innovators from around the globe and brings them to the TED … Continue reading

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Agent Orange Studies Overlook Vietnamese Americans But House Bill Attempts To Rectify Problem

The author of this New America Media commentary mentions that her father, a South Vietnamese Army Veteran, contracted liver cancer and points out that while studies have been done on the effects of Agent Orange on American veterans, the effects … Continue reading

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8Questions with Lucy Walker, Director of The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Being that my mother is from Japan, I feel a connection to that country that many Japanese Americans do not.  So when the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster hit in March, I felt it in my gut. I was worried not only about … Continue reading

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Japan Developing Poop Powered Toilet-Motorcycle

As if Japanese toilets need to get any better? TOTO, maker of the awesome toilets with heated seats and butt washers, is now venturing into eco-friendly transportation: “Japan’s number one toilet maker TOTO has created a toilet-motorcycle hybrid vehicle that … Continue reading

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Ship Breaking in Chittagong, Bangladesh

By Mandy Solitary Bengali men stood around, barefoot, their knee-length lungi (a long cloth tied around the waist) dripping with mud and sea water. A few aligned to tug a rope tied to a hunk of metal that sat, upturned, … Continue reading

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Teijin Chemicals Develops Radioactive Detecting Plastic

In the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi plant disaster, Teijin Chemicals has developed a polyester resin that will glow blue in the presence of radioactivity. This product, Scintirex, will help push forward cheaper radioactivity detection equipment: “Scintirex ‘will help to … Continue reading

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North Korea Launches Cruise To Boost Tourism

North Korea is taking a creative approach to boost tourism (and possibly their image). Their tourism board has ollaborated with a Chinese travel company to put together a scenic 21 hour cruise from Rajin to Mount Kumgang. Oh, did someone … Continue reading

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Huge Freak-of-Nature Frog Found in Malaysia

From The Korea Times:  “A giant frog weighing a whopping 20kg has been discovered in Maylaysia. Showing an image of the gigantic creature taken with a cell phone camera, a Chinese man from Gemencheh claimed that the photo was taken a … Continue reading

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Panda Poo May Revolutionize Bio-Fuel Production

A study disclosed at a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society revealed that panda poo may contain bacteria that could revolutionize bio-fuel production.  Giant Pandas eat a diet that is mostly bamboo, and scientists have known that pandas have … Continue reading

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Toxic Chinese Honey Made It to U.S. Stores

According to the U.S. Food Safety News Chinese honeymakers are disguising the origin of their honey by shipping it to other Asian nations including Vietnam, Malaysia, and India, in order to smuggle it to the United States. What’s worse is … Continue reading

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