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The $4 Million Teacher


South Korea’s students rank among the best in the world, and its top teachers can make a fortune. Can the U.S. learn from this academic superpower?

Kim Ki-hoon earns $4 million a year in South Korea, where he is known as a rock-star teacher—a combination of words not typically heard in the rest of the world. Mr. Kim has been teaching for over 20 years, all of them in the country’s private, after-school tutoring academies, known as hagwons. Unlike most teachers across the globe, he is paid according to the demand for his skills—and he is in high demand.

[image] SeongJoon Cho for The Wall Street Journal

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Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world


Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes — the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae — for 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe. A surprising look at what we can learn through nature’s symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning.

Bernie Krause’s legendary soundscapes uncover nature’s rich sonic tapestry — along with some unexpected results.

Overview of Corruption and Anti-corruption in Vietnam

Dear everyone,
This “Overview of Corruption and Anti-Corruption in Vietnam” was done on Jan 27, 2012 by Transparency International. It is still wholly relevant today.

You can read and download the Overview at


Very good and easy reading.

Have a good day.


Jimmy Carter: ‘America no longer has a functioning democracy’


Jimmy Carter: ‘America no longer has a functioning democracy’

8:56 PM 07/17/2013

Katie McHugh

jimmy-carterFormer president Jimmy Carter condemned the effect U.S. intelligence programs had on U.S. moral authority in the wake of NSA revelations brought to light by leaker Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel reports.

“America has no functioning democracy,” Carter said at a meeting of The Atlantic Bridge in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday.

Carter also claimed there was currently no reason for him to be “optimistic” about Egypt’s internal conflicts and mused whether the standards The Carter Center applies to foreign elections could be fulfilled by U.S. elections, which he believes are plagued by confusing campaign rules and a lack of restrictions on free speech in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.

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The South China Sea in Focus

biendongThe Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies at CSIS is pleased to announce the release of our latest report, The South China Sea in Focus: Clarifying the Limits of Maritime Dispute, by Research Associate Gregory Poling.

Satellite imagery and geospatial analysis tools offer an unprecedented opportunity to harness new technologies in order to help resolve boundary disputes. The South China Sea in Focus uses these tools to provide a first and necessary step toward tackling the overlapping maritime disputes in the South China Sea: determining which waters are and are not in dispute under international law.

The report opens with a set of geographic information system (GIS)–based maps that provide an easily understandable benchmark against which policymakers and academics can judge the claims and actions of the South China Sea claimants. More detailed color maps and methodological information follow for those who want to dig deeper into the claims and the report’s conclusions.

To download the full report [from CSIS site] or order a hard copy, please click here.

By the Numbers: Vietnam and the Philippines strengthen Air and Sea Capabilities

The data driving Asia

Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu met with Vietnamese defense minister Phung Quang Thanh in Hanoi on March 5 to discuss strengthening maritime defense ties between their two countries. Following Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida’s January visit to Manila, the Philippines announced on February 11 that Japan will be donating ships to the Philippine Coast Guard in an effort to reinvigorate the bilateral security partnership. We look at the Philippines’ and Vietnam’s procurements and strengthening defense ties with their regional neighbors by the numbers:

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How Chinese Subsidies Changed the World

    TDH: It is obvious that China exports its products at unreasonably lơw prices on the world market by subsidizing its export firms, unfairly low-balling other countries’ firms around the world. This is typical monopolistic game. And the world obviously deosn’t have enough knowledge and the will to fight back.

How Chinese Subsidies Changed the World

Last week, LDK Solar, a struggling Chinese manufacturer of solar wafers and panels, announced that it had missed $24 million in bond payments. This news followed the bankruptcy in March of Wuxi Suntech, the main operating subsidiary of the world’s largest maker of solar panels, after it defaulted on a $541 million bond payment.

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https://dotchuoinon.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/mistrust.pngAny of you who have ever read “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” will know that Cao Cao is the most suspicious man in the world. Therefore, we have a saying “Overly suspicious like Cao Cao”. I remember when I was little, I extremely disliked Cao Cao when I read this novel, yet I kept thinking to myself: “Perhaps I should never be as suspicious to the point of cruelty as Cao Cao did, but maybe suspicion is something I should learn more about, otherwise how do I survive in this world?” And this question has followed me for many years as I grow up. Đọc tiếp Suspicious?


https://i0.wp.com/pandora.bonnint.net/video/widget/4219470.jpgHi everyone,

The word ‘resource’ means a source – source of money, source of materials, source of supports, source of people–basically sources that enrich us, as resources, in plural form, is the sum of properties possessed by a person, a company, or a nation. In daily working life, a resourceful person is someone who knows a lot of sources. Needless to say, this is a very important person for every project, as he/she has the ability to pull different sources of people or materials into the projects. Đọc tiếp Resourceful

Bhutan becomes Happiness Lab for Western economists

Asia Sentinel
May 3, 2013
by Cyril Pereira

The king  could look happier...
The king could look happier…
First World pilgrims in suits seek Elixir of Joy in the Himalayas

Ever since the landmark April 2012 United Nations session convened by Bhutan on “Happiness and Well-being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm” attracted 600 participants including presidents, heads of state, economists, Nobel laureates, scholars, NGOs and spiritual leaders to consider Gross National Happiness (GNH) as a holistic extension to Gross National Product (GNP) indicators, Western economists and academics have lost no time clambering aboard the new bandwagon of hope.

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Can you teach anyone?


Hi everyone,

I often receive questions from you guys like: A friend of mine keeps talking nonsense about things she does not understand, and I want help her improve her understanding, but I’m afraid she might get angry. What should I do? I have a friend who just doesn’t understand the spiritual life you preach, and is suffering because of it. Should I try persuading him again? Đọc tiếp Can you teach anyone?

What is morality and how important it is to your career?


Hi everyone,

Suppose that you are the HR Director of a company and you are recruiting employees for your company. Which one among the following will be the most important character trait that you look for in a candidate: experience, academic degrees, integrity, intelligence, teamwork, modesty, diligence, or good speaking skills?

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