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The Missing Wallet Part 2: When Security Catches Security

By Iwazaru

Editor’s note: After having his wallet seemingly stolen, the author now tries to get some answers with the help of police and security staff. Those answers prove surprising.

Once I had changed into the sauna uniform, ochre t-shirt and long shorts, the owner led me into the sweltering main room where we wound through snoring, scratching and shifting bodies to a raised wooden platform under which the owner deftly ducked and pointed to a single spot next to a man sleeping flat on his back. I told him it was too hot to sleep but he motioned under with both hands and said, “rest, rest.” Resistance seemed futile–and I had nowhere else to go–so I lowered myself into the corner space and cursed my night of decision-making.

Genderfluid in Korea–One Teen’s Story (Part 2)

The post Genderfluid in Korea–One Teen’s Story (Part 2) appeared first on the3WM.

Editor’s note: The writer of this piece requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject. Any responses can be sent to

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Seeing No Evil–the Case of the Vanishing Wallet

By Iwazaru

At 2 a.m. on a cold night in late December, I finally decided to enter the Suseo Hyundai Ventureville building, which is attached to Suseo Subway Station and has, among other things, banks, a 24-hour convenience store and sauna, restaurants and shops. I had put myself in this situation by leaving a social engagement in central Seoul a bit late and riding the subway until it stopped, at which point I felt confident that I’d just hail a taxi for the 30-mile ride to my apartment in the bucolic outskirts.

Alas, my plans fell apart.

Organic Farming in Korea–Beating Pesticides, Parasites and Pathogens

By Clinton Stamatovich

Korea has seen a shift in awareness of the quality of its produce lately after the Korean Organic Farmers Association (KOFA) reported a high quantity of pesticides used during farming procedures. The misuse has led to the government projection of expending half of the current amount of chemicals in the future. This recent discourse has exposed issues in organic farming in Korea to a wider audience and prompted implications to better suit the county’s unique landscape and improve economic and environmental sustainability.

On the Road with the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP)– to the Chrysalis Election

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I’ve looked at life from both sides now from up and down, and still somehow it’s life’s illusions I recall I really don’t know life at all.
Joni Mitchell

July 11th (early morning)

Downtown Phnom Penh.

The “Former” French Concession in Shanghai

By Jake Reed

What comes to mind for the average person when they hear Shanghai? I asked a few of my coworkers and I received a series of answers ranging from “bustling” to “retard zombie apocalypse.” Others just couldn’t capture Shanghai with such brevity, and instead replied with thoughtful phrases such as: a foreign business infested toxic dump; a filthy Venice with canals in lieu of sewers; Disneyland for alcoholics; and something akin to a foreign trash refuge.   It is a busy city and certainly not the cleanest.  The weather also isn’t famous, the food is alright, and I’ve only had food poisoning twice this year.

The Wonhyo Trail Project–Rebuilding One Monk’s Path across Korea

By Tony MacGregor

Group works to establish Korea’s first sustainable pilgrimage trail to honor Wonhyo, historic, beloved monk

A plan to establish a sustainable trans-peninsula pilgrimage trail to honor Korea’ most beloved and controversial monk took a step forward recently as project supporters mapped out the trail, met with government officials and added partners to the project.

On the Road with the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP)—to the Chrysalis Election

Originally Posted on The Three Wise Monkeys

Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful…
Lana Del Ray


Central Market, Phnom Penh.

Writing from Wreckage: Korean LGBT Literature, Activism and the First Literary Award


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By Finn

Laos’ Plain of Jars: A Forgotten and Neglected Wonder


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By Rich Luhrs

Site 1 is home to many of the Plain's largest jars.

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