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Three Gorges Dam Problems “Some problems emerged at various stages of project planning and construction but could not be solved immediately.” Despite the huge amount of water it is designed to control, China’s Three Gorges Dam can do relatively little to alleviate severe drought conditions, and continues to cause harm downstream along the Yangtze River. (from CNN – Three Gorges Dam) Life in Hell ”If I were an avant-garde Japanese fashion designer, she’s who I’d want to be.” “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening collaborates with Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo to create fashion items based on the cartoonist’s Life in Hell comic strip. (from – Matt Groening) Burmese Buddhist Skating “We witnessed a different side to the Burma that you see in the news.” English filmmakers release their 2009 film Altered Focus: Burma, which features a dilapidated skate park, Burmese skaters, and young Buddhists trying skateboards for the first time. (from CNNGo – Skateboarding Buddhists) Refugees Help Tohoku “We’re refugees because of human-made disasters. In the case of the people in (the) Tohoku region, they are evacuees of natural disasters.” Refugees from Myanmar and Senegal volunteer in Japan’s Tohoku region to help the homeless and displaced. (from The Japan Times – Foreign refugees in Japan volunteer for disaster relief) 900 Million Cell Phone Users in China ”China added about 11 million mobile phone users in April.” On May 24th, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released a report stating that the country now has just over 900 million cell phone users. India, with 811 cell phone users, is not too far behind. (from PC World – 900 million China cell phone users) Corky Lee – 40 Years “I document the history because I need to leave it for another generation that I’ll never see or hear. If I don’t document it, who will?” says Lee. “So I’ve taken on this quest, kind of like a Don Quixote mission.” (from NY1 – Photographer Chronicles Four Decades Of City’s Asian-American Community)
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