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Posts Tagged ‘malaysia

[AH] Five r/imaginarymaps #alternatehistory maps: Polabians, Huguenots, Malays, Finland, Ireland

  • This r/imaginarymaps map imagines the survival of a Slavic people of east Germany to nation-statehood, not the extant Sorbs but the more obscure Polabians.
  • Was there ever a possibility, as imagined in this r/imaginarymaps map, of a Huguenot polity forming and seceding from France?
  • This r/imaginarymaps map imagines a decidedly different Malay world, with a fragmented Indonesia.

  • This r/imaginarymaps map imagines a Finland that grew sharply, to include much more of Karelia and even North Ingria.
  • What would have come if, as suggested here, Northern Ireland had been repartitioned in the 1920s, most of the west and south passing to independent Ireland?

[DM] Ten links on migration (#demographics, #demographymatters)

  • CBC Kitchener-Waterloo notes how farmers in southwestern Ontario are trying to plan the transfer of their lands to new migrants.
  • HuffPost Québec notes how the labour market of Gaspésie is starting to attract workers.
  • The Guardian looks at how many New Zealanders are moving away from cities to less expensive and stressed rural areas.
  • The murder of an maid from Indonesia in Malaysia is straining relations between the two neighbouring countries. The National Post reports
  • Ozy looks how entrepreneurs from China, moving to Africa, are transforming that continent.
  • Open Democracy examines the background behind an outbreak of anti-immigrant sentiment in Yakutsk.
  • Doug Bock Clark writes at GQ about the underground networks smuggling North Koreans out of their country.
  • Eater reports on the early 20th century migration of Punjabis to California that ended up creating a hybrid Punjabi-Mexican cuisine.
  • Open Democracy tells the story of a woman who migrated from Thailand to Denmark for a marriage partner. Why is her migration less legitimate than others’?
  • The Inter Press Service warns against treating migrants as human commodities.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, Québec City, Kuala Lumpur, Sambuca, Birmingham

  • This Noisey interview with musician Tiga shows how he and his music helped make Montréal a leading nightlife city.
  • La Presse notes that Québec City is looking to bypass an environmental impact study for its proposed streetcar.
  • Guardian Cities notes that the rapid development of Kuala Lumpur has displaced the native macaques from their home, creating new interactions between them and invasive primates.
  • Guardian Cities reports on the Sicilian town of Sambuca, which has put vacant homes on sale for one Euro each. Will this be enough to reverse depopulation?
  • CityLab notes how the city of Birmingham has resisted an Alabama state law requiring the display of a Confederate monument.

[NEWS] Five language links: Arabic, Cantonese, French, Inuktitut, Spanish


  • The Economist looks at the low profile of the Arabic language, arguing one factor lies in its division into multiple very distinctive regional dialects.
  • The SCMP reports on the differences between the Cantonese spoken in Hong Kong and that spoken in Malaysia.
  • CBC PEI reports on how French-language schools on the Island need more supporting in integrating students whose main language is not French.
  • CBC North takes a look at the Twitter account of Angus Andersen, where he shares one Inuktitut word a day.
  • Slate asksa question: Will Spanish-language songs make it into the Great American Songbook?
  • [NEWS] Five politics links: free trade, Brexit, Soviet restoration, Cambodia, Malaysia

    • NOW Toronto questions, in the aftermath of the post-NAFTA negotiations, the point of free trade. (I favour it on the condition that it be effective regulated, as effectively regulated as intra-national trade and probably in the same ways.)
    • This Bloomberg View article makes the point that the United Kingdom needs to make provisions for the 3.5 million people, including workers, from the EU-27 in its borders, doing necessary work.
    • Open Democracy notes a popular movement in Russia aiming to reestablish the Soviet Union, a movement that in its details reminds me a lot of the “sovereign citizens” and Reichsburger movements.
    • What place was there for justice, this Open Democracy article asks, in post-genocide Cambodia?
    • Ozy notes a new plan to rewrite the history taught in Malaysian schools to be more open to representing non-Malay and non-Islamic influences.

    [BLOG] Some Friday links

    • Centauri Dreams reports on the work of the MASCOT rover on asteroid Ryugu.
    • The Crux considers the critical role of the dolphin in the thinking of early SETI enthusiasts.
    • D-Brief goes into more detail about the import of the Soyuz malfunction for the International Space Station.
    • Dangerous Minds notes an artist who has made classic pop song lyrics, like Blue Monday, into pulp paperback covers.
    • Earther is entirely correct about how humans will need to engage in geoengineering to keep the Earth habitable.
    • David Finger at The Finger Post describes his visit to Accra, capital of Ghana.
    • Gizmodo notes a new paper suggesting that, in some cases where massive moons orbit far from their parent planet, these moons can have their own moons.
    • Hornet Stories shares the first look at Ruby Rose at Batwoman.
    • JSTOR Daily looks at how the image of southern California and Los Angeles changed from a Mediterranean paradise with orange trees to a dystopic urban sprawl.
    • Lawyers, Guns and Money imagines what might have happened to the navy of China had it not bought the Ukrainian aircraft carrier Varyag.
    • Lingua Franca at the Chronicle reports on how the actual length of “minute”, as euphemism for a short period of time, can vary between cultures.
    • The LRB Blog reports on the disaster in Sulawesi, noting particularly the vulnerability of colonial-era port settlements in Indonesia to earthquakes and tsunamis.
    • The Map Room Blog shares Itchy Feet’s funny map of every European city.
    • The New APPS Blog wonders if the tensions of capitalism are responsible for the high rate of neurological health issues.
    • The NYR Daily considers what, exactly, it would take to abolish ICE.
    • At the Planetary Society Weblog, Ian Regan talks about how he assembled a photoanimated flyover of Titan using probe data.
    • Roads and Kingdoms explores some excellent pancakes in the Malaysian state of Sabah with unusual ingredients.
    • Drew Rowsome raves over a new documentary looking at the life of opera star Maria Callas.
    • Window on Eurasia notes the continued high rate of natural increase in Tajikistan.

    [BLOG] Some Tuesday links

    • Bad Astronomy notes the discovery of a distant exoplanet, orbiting subgiant EPIC248847494, with an orbit ten years long.
    • Centauri Dreams reports on the latest discoveries regarding Ceres’ Occator Crater, a place with a cryovolcanic past.
    • D-Brief notes the discovery of a brilliant early galaxy, the brightest so far found, P352-15.
    • Dangerous Minds shares an extended interview with Françoise Hardy.
    • Far Outliers notes how, during the later Cold War, cash-desperate Soviet bloc governments allowed hopeful emigrants for countries in the West to depart only if these governments paid a ransom for them.
    • Hornet Stories has a nice feature on Enemies of Dorothy, a LGBT sketch comedy group with a political edge. I saw some of their clips; I’m following them.
    • JSTOR Daily looks at some of the features uniting celebratory music festival Coachella with Saturnalia, fitting the former into an ancient tradition.
    • Language Hat reports on researchers studying the development of emojis. Are they becoming components of a communications system with stable meanings?
    • Marginal Revolution reports on how mobile money is becoming a dominant element in the economy of Somaliland.
    • Justine Petrone at North reports on the things that were, and were not, revealed about his family’s ancestry through DNA testing.
    • Melissa Chadburn writes at the NYR Daily about the food she ate growing up as a poor child, and its meaning for her then and now in a time of growing inequality.
    • Roads and Kingdoms tells of a woman’s experience drinking samsu, a clear rice liqueur, in Malacca.
    • Drew Rowsome raves over David Kingston Yeh’s debut novel, the queer Toronto-themed The Boy at the Edge of the World.
    • Window on Eurasia quotes a Russian observer who suggests that Trump’s attempt to disrupt the European Union, even if successful, might simply help make Germany into a strategic competitor to the United States (with benefits for other powers).