Asian Beach Games 2008 photos

Wednesday, 10 December, 2008

A Big Picture photo collection featuring the recent Asian Beach Games held in Bali, Indonesia.

About a month ago in Bali, Indonesia, the inaugural 2008 Asian Beach Games came to its conclusion. Intended to promote sports and culture, the games (held every two years) encourage tourism, support local economies and allow host countries like Indonesia to present a more global face to the world. The 2008 games brought 6,000 athletes to compete in 71 events in 19 sports. Sports included well-known games like beach volleyball and triathlon, and some sports better known to asians, like sepak takraw, kabaddi and pencak silat. The next Asian Beach Games are scheduled to be hosted by Oman in the year 2010.

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Speaking in tongues

Thursday, 14 February, 2008

Speaking in tongues

How does a country where there are over 700 languages and dialects, such as Indonesia for example, go about choosing just one language as its national tongue? Needless to say the prospect presents a number of challenges.

A new collection of essays from the Singapore-based Institute of South-East Asian Studies (ISEAS) reviews the region’s struggles to build monolingual nations. Several themes emerge: first, globalisation is forcing governments to reconsider restrictions on daily use of English; second, with the economic rise of China, governments increasingly see their ethnic-Chinese populations as assets rather than threats; and third, democratisation and decentralisation may revive local and tribal languages. Each of these trends may undermine the quest for a unifying national language.

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Suharto’s Indonesia

Thursday, 31 January, 2008

Suharto’s Indonesia

A photo essay exploring the life and times of the late Suharto, who was president of Indonesia for over 30 years before being forced out of office in 1998.

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