3 Jan ’11

Interesting Asian News Stories 2010

No. 1. 808 Tables For Homecoming Banquet In Liede

A huge membership banquet was held in “Liede Villiage” in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China on November 21st, 2010. Hundreds of guests, who were original residents of Liede but had immigrated somewhere else, were invited to a group dinner with 808 tables.

It cost 500,000 yuan (75,872 USD) for the organizers to make arrangements for the outdoor banquet. Eight teams of cooks were assigned to prepare ten different dishes and two snacks at each table.

2. Weird iPad Kissing Game Appears On Japanese TV

An iPad kissing game was developed by Japanese companies Double Crane and NeuroSky. First demonstrated at the Tokyo Game Show in September, 2010, the iPad game monitors your sensory feedback through the attached headband.

First of all, you choose a hot model from the screen. If you concentrate enough, the model will slowly turn around and eventually reward you with a virtual kiss. However, if you concentrate too hard, the game will be over.

3. Chinese Researchers Wear Panda Costumes to Fool Cubs

Chinese researches have found a way to prevent a captive-bred panda cub from identifying with humans by dressing up like giant pandas. Having too much contact with humans will lower the chance for baby pandas to be reintroduced to the wild.

According to the biologists from the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center in Sichuan, Western China, the idea came to light with the death of a male cub Xiang Xiang, who was released into the wild but was ultimately killed by a group of pandas, presumably due to his past relationship with humans.

4. “Wearable Foods” Designed By Korean Artist Sung Yeonju

24-year-old Korean artist Sung Yeonju has designed a bunch of astounding garments out of everyday food items such as tomatoes, bananas, mushrooms, lotus roots and eggplants. Sung Yeonju graduated from the Hong Kong University in 2010. As a fine artist, “Wearable Foods” is the first long term project she started two years ago.

Sung Yeonju’s work forces viewers to defy the actual meaning, the functionalities and the aspects of what clothing signifies in our lives. The essence of clothing and food has been reinterpreted. Each element does not fulfill its own role and yet, each suggests an unconventional and even contradicting role.

5. Chinese Woman Adopts 1500 Stray Dogs & 200 Cats

Ha Wenjin, a dog lover from Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, has given up her job, her house and even a married life to adopt over 1500 dogs and 200 cats. With her own funding, Ha Wenjin hired 12 people to help her set up and run an unofficial dog center and a cat shelter for the abandoned pets she has gradually adopted since 2001.

Chinese netizens call her the “Godmother of Stray Dogs”. However, Ha Wenjin had to relocate her beloved pets when the local government officials reclaimed the land for future redevelopment. It was in Houyu Village, Pukou County where she eventually found a new location, far away enough from human settlements. On December 4th, 2010, Ha Wenjin managed to move the pets to the new place. She has no intention of giving up saving as many unwanted dogs and cats as she can.

6. Taiwanese Expert Pieces Together 200 Mutilated Banknotes

Liu Hui-fen, Taiwanese justice ministry specialist, was given an almost impossible task of piecing together a bag of 200 mutilated New Taiwan $1,000 banknotes, which were accidentally dropped into a shredder by a businessman known as Lin.

It took 30-year-old Liu Hui-fen 7 days to reassemble all the notes, each of which was torn into some 20 pieces. Liu Hui-fen said that completing this jigsaw puzzle was the most difficult task she has ever accomplished, but added that she was happy to help out.

7. Innovative & Eye-catching Gangster Vans In Japan

Making oneself identifiable can be risky and ludicrous to a gangster’s life and career. Nevertheless, it seems that there is no limit of the creativity of Japanese people, even their gangsters. The above pictures are some incredible examples of what has come to known as “Dude Craft”.

8. Chongqing High-class Public Toilet With A Crystal Screen

A high-class toilet in Chongqing, Southwestern China was open to the public for free on December 6th, 2010. Besides an automatic door system, both the men’s and the ladies room have crystal screens above the doors, displaying the vacancies in the toilets through its locks.

Unlike many toilets in the country, this high-class toilet also has a 24-hour air conditioning system in the center. Inside each baby care room and disabled toilet, an emergency button is provided for any urgent calls. Baby high chairs and changing platforms are provided as well.

Other facilities include, sewing kits, standing medicines, styling gel and hair dryer, disposable tampons for women, etc. While waiting for a vacancy, chairs, free magazines and daily newspapers are provided in the waiting area.

9. Jiangxi’s First Female Red Knight Team Show Up In Public

The first female team of red knight guards was established in Nanchang, Jiangxi, China on December 29th, 2010. The red knight guards are responsible for a new zoo recently built in Nanchang. The zoo opened to the public on January 1st, 2011. The female guards are tasked to go on patrol, check tickets and provide consulting services.

10. Super Van Monster Got Caught By Dongguan Traffic Police

A transformed van was caught by the traffic police in Dongguan, Guangdong, China on December 12th, 2010, due to the big-scale appearance causing the van unable to proceed. Whilst the media called it “Van Monster”, the owner told us it was named “Commoner’s Fierce Horse”, made to convey the danger of drug abuse, drunk driving and other dangerous behaviours.

According to the owner Yang Zu Xiang, it cost him 300,000 yuan (45,523 USD) and more than 10 months to transform the van. When anyone approaches the iron skull in the front, it would spit out smoke and alcohol smell. The “Van Monster” is supposed to attend the Beijing Auto Show in March this year as a “celebrity car”.

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  1. Gosh! Imagine how noisy it would be when all the 1500 dogs bark together. :\

  2. So many tables its crazy on the first story.

  3. Wonderful idea for an outdoor homecoming banquet!

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