Covering An Asian Point of View
The Wild Wild East Dailies in 2008. Three years and 500 stories later WWED has matriculated into a column for TMR that views the arts, entertainment and other curiosities through a distinctly far Eastern lense. David currently lives and writes from Saigon but has trouble seeing the forest for the trees because it's a jungle out there.David has spent most of his career in advertising. He wrote a Super Bowl commercial, won a bunch of awards you've never heard of and became VP at one of America's largest agencies. Those facts alone should call his writing skills into question. He founded Korea's first 100% foreign owned advertising agency in 1997 and began his blog,
Thursday Jul 7, 2011 15:00 PM ET
Oh dear. This showed up on my BBC radio yesterday. Rupert Murdoch's organization, News of the World has been tagged and is now currently being proscecuted in Britain for wiretapping private citizen's phones in an effort to get a scoop.
Tuesday Jul 5, 2011 30:00 PM ET
"Sometimes you know something but you don't want to talk about it. Media censorship is everywhere, not only in Vietnam." This came from a reporter at Tuoi Tre...
Monday Jul 4, 2011 00:00 AM ET
So America, shape up! Spend more time on the couch. Don't wield that remote like it's a goddamn Wii game!
Friday Jul 1, 2011 35:00 AM ET
Leo was my boss - but he was dead. In a new business pitch, long after his passing, a competitor complained, "They showed this film of Leo - and he was dead. I still couldn't beat him."
Thursday Jun 30, 2011 00:00 AM ET
This film was entered and judged a finalist in the Nokia MobiFilms contest in Asia in 2006. It didn't win a thing. But I thought it was real.
Wednesday Jun 29, 2011 30:00 PM ET
Jim's book was my constant companion on being transferred to Asia from Chicago in 1995. It sold me on the idea that the world was changing and that Asia would be the next great growth engine in the milenium to come...
Tuesday Jun 28, 2011 45:00 AM ET
You can buy the DVD from rolling bicycle salesmen who troll the streets nightly with all the DVDs in their basket for $1 each...or see it in a nice coffee shop theatre, for free...
Monday Jun 27, 2011 00:00 AM ET
TV Girl is a San Diego electro-pop duo who found sudden Internet fame last year with a track called "If You Want It" that heavily sampled Todd Rundgren's 1972 hit, "Hello It's Me."
Friday Jun 24, 2011 45:00 PM ET
With five other towers of 50 stories or more currently going up in the same neighborhood of District 1, the Central Business District, the skyline of the city will have dramatically changed in a short three years.
Tuesday Jun 21, 2011 30:00 PM ET
In Vietnam alone, there were 15,000 traffic related deaths, according to the World Health Organization, but a population of just under 90 million - making the traffic fatality rate 50% higher than that of the United States.
Tuesday Jun 21, 2011 30:00 AM ET
He confessed immediately that he was not a great public speaker and then sat down for a one-hour casual chat with coffee and croissants in what was an actual conversation.
Monday Jun 20, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Formed in ribbon mahogany and fabricated by the steamed and pressed process perfected by Charles and Ray Eames the leg splints are works of art on their own.
Sunday Jun 19, 2011 00:00 PM ET
Famous is relative in Hugh's case. The thing about it is, that in certain measures, being poor, being an artist and being an asshole sometimes were what drove him to success in the first place.
Saturday Jun 18, 2011 15:00 PM ET
This week I saw all the hoopla over the Dutchess of Cambridge passing 50 days as an official Royal and it reminded me of the Korean celebration of Baek Il held for children 100 days after birth. Now I know it's a stretch...
Friday Jun 17, 2011 30:00 PM ET
This week American journalists celebrated the full release of the Pentagon Papers by flooding Apple retailers and loading up on iPad 2s with the Angry Birds app as Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, remained ostracized by both the government and the media.
Monday Jun 13, 2011 30:00 AM ET
American ships lie off the coast of Vietnam, each carrying hundreds of thousands of tons of our latest ordinance to be dropped on the country — furniture — as Ashley Industries, America's largest furniture manufacturer and retailer, prepares to launch an assault on the country in the form of two HomeStores.
Saturday Jun 11, 2011 10:00 AM ET
Pack your fishin' pole, hiking boots, bug spray, and sleeping bag. You might want to throw a Marshall amp and a Stratocaster in there as well as Todd Rundgren prepares to host his first ever Musical Survivors Camp at the Full Moon Resort, just outside of Woodstock, New York on June 20.
Thursday Jun 9, 2011 15:00 AM ET
Expanding on Radiohead's launch of their album "In Rainbows" by offering a 'Pay what you like' download option, The Kaiser Chiefs are charging for the download but giving fans a way to make a little back by promoting it.
Wednesday Jun 8, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Recently, a British friend of mine said, "In the communist countries, propaganda is clearly defined as propaganda, but in America, that's called 'the movies'" (or TV in this case) . And maybe that's why Americans think Bud is still an American beer.
Tuesday Jun 7, 2011 05:00 PM ET
To many, Facebook has all the intimacy of a phone book and the reason the sites above remain viable - they somehow corral the audience closer to themselves - reducing the ubiquitousness of our online lives.
Thursday Jun 2, 2011 50:00 PM ET
"Doctor, I've got a problem. I think my iPhone is cheating on me."And so it goes. I love the iPhone, but so does everybody else. Millions upon millions of everybody elses. "But it's an object," the doctor responded."I know," I said, "but...
Wednesday Jun 1, 2011 50:00 PM ET
Thinking of Bob Dylan's recent 70th birthday, I am reminded of the tweet I saw after the Dylan concert in Vietnam in April. Dylan and the Backstreet Boys performed here inside of a month of each other, in a previously...
Tuesday May 31, 2011 55:00 PM ET
A few years ago Vanity Fair published a story called "Our Man in Saigon," written by Brian McNally. McNally, an old friend of VF editor Graydon Carter had decamped from New York to Saigon, and somehow, Carter found this interesting...
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