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Tangun: The origin of Koreans in North Korean manga

Tangun: The origin of Koreans in North Korean manga

Tangun mausoleum near Pyongyang (NK) Tangun, a mythology about the father of the Korean people and founder of the first Korean kingdom, is mentioned in a number of sources and is believed to have some actual historical understructure. It gives some clues in understanding the unique traditional self-conception of Korean’s. See below a manga version from North [...]

Slavery at Sea: A story of human trafficking in drawings by a survivor

Slavery at Sea: A story of human trafficking in drawings by a survivor

Prum Vannak is a Cambodian survivor of human trafficking. His story is one of extreme poverty and of what people are sometimes forced to do in order to take care of their families. It’s also a story of gross neglect to supervise human rights violations  by authorities. Many trafficking victims don’t live to tell their [...]

Sealand’s new marketing strategy

Sealand’s new marketing strategy

A birds eye view of Sealand Sealand, arguably the most succesful attempt to proclaim a man made structure at sea autonomous, a phenomenon also known as seasteading, hasn’t made the headlines for some time now. The  500-square-meter (5,920-square-foot) platform in front of the coast of Ipswich was constructed in WWII primarily for defence against German mine-laying aircraft to [...]

Social network psychology for dummies

Social network psychology for dummies

Keytar Platypus by tenso GRAPHICS Probably you will all know the feeling: You agree to become Facebook or Google+ friends with someone you just met. Once befriended, you curiously check out the person’s profile, timeline or hangout and albums. Besides available profile data, social network data patterns can give away invaluable hidden psychological traits about that [...]

Thai PM Yingluck surpasses Aung San Suu Kyi in FB popularity

Thai PM Yingluck surpasses Aung San Suu Kyi in FB popularity

Aung San Suu Kyi (L) meets Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the Thai ambassador’s residence in Rangoon on 20 December 2011. (Reuters) Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime-minister of Thailand,  is now 10 months in power and is very popular, especially amongst Thai women. Although 44 year old* Yingluck doesn’t seem to be as wise and determined as [...]

Old maps of Siam and surrounding countries

Old maps of Siam and surrounding countries

I love maps, specially old maps since they often tell a lot about history. As I found out, it’s quite hard to get any decent old maps of Siam and neighbouring countries. Usually they are for sale only. I guess family of mr. van der Aa who made both maps in the early 18th century, [...]

Plane spotting

Plane spotting

Seen at Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok (June 4th, 2012): The 747 belongs to the king of Bahrain. I checked the news, but there is no mention of his visit to Asia. Currently the king seems to be left to his own devices.