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PRESENT TRENDS

AND ISSUES IN
ASIAN HISTORY
OBJECTIVES:
 know the different present
trends and issues in Asian
History.
 suggest different issues and
trends in Asian History.
PRESENT TRENDS
IN ASIAN HISTORY
1. Globe Telecom and
President Joko Widodo
•In Indonesia, July 2014 saw President Joko
Widodo ‘crowdsource’ his cabinet.
•Widodo used two online polls, Polling
Menteri (‘Ministers Polls’) and Kabinet
Rakyat (‘The People’s Cabinet’),
allowing Indonesians to have their say on
who should be in the cabinet.
2. Water is Life,
Mawbima and AIA
 One creative solution came up in
May 2014 when global nonprofit
Water is Life launch the Drinkable
Book in China, as well as India and
Africa.
• It is a sanitation manual featuring silver nano
particle-coated pages that double as functional water
filters, removing over 99% of harmful bacteria.
• So during National Dengue Week in May 2014, daily
newspaper Mawbima published a one-off issue
printed using mosquito-repellent ink to help prevent
mosquito bites. The paper sold out by 10 am,
increasing sales by 30% and readership by 300,000
people.
•And on Vesak day, Sri Lankans use
newspaper sheets as floor coverings to
protect themselves from the dust and dirt
as they kneel to pray all day, but the ink
usually stains their traditional white
clothes. So this year, instead of printing a
full-page ad, AIA printed a blank page that
people could use as prayer mat.
3. MyChat, AsQme
and Hands Can
Talk
My Chat
 Launched in August 2014,
 free mobile messaging app from
Myanmar-based social network
MySQUAR.
 Both services are tailored for the regional
market with localized language
AsQme
 it was October 2014 , a Japan-based
online platform that intended
 to bridge the gap between Japanese fans
and non-Japanese speaking artists.
 Fans can ask questions of artists, and
receive back a subtitled video answer from
the artist.
KinTrans
 is going one step further to bridge
communication with the hearing-impaired.
 Its Hands Can Talk software uses Kinect
technology to detect hand gestures and
translate them into speech in real time. Users
can set multiple languages, so breaking ALL
language barriers, both spoken and national.
4. Volkswagen,
McDonald's
and Mobile
Phone Lane
Volkswagen reminded movie-goers in
Hong Kong of the dangers of using
mobile phones while driving with its
June 2014 Eyes on the Road advert.
May 2014, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola
partnered to launch BFF Timeout: a
free app that rewards diners for not
using their phones, bringing back real-
life social interaction at dinner tables
often hijacked by digital distractions.
September 2014 also saw the Chinese city
of Chongqing create a ‘mobile phone
lane‘: a stretch of sidewalk painted with
white arrows and walking directions for
pedestrians who are using their phones, to
serve as a quiet reminder to not text while
walking.
PRESENT ISSUES
IN
ASIAN HISTORY
Afghanistan
 struggle in peace negotiations
with the Taliban, holding
parliamentary elections,
implementing security reforms,
and stimulating economic
development.
Afghanistan continues to face enormous challenges in 2018, and whether or not the National Unity Government can
hold elections in 2018 will be critical.
Bangladesh
 The Rohingya refugee crisis will
remain a major focus, as the
government continues to work with
the international community to find
practical solutions in both the short
Cambodia
The dissolution of the Cambodian
National Rescue Party at the end
of 2017 has put the country in an
unprecedented situation.
Philippines
Consensus on amending the Constitution to change
to a federal system of government would radically
alter the system of government, and reset the
national/subnational balance of power that has
existed since independence.
Bangsamoro peace agreement which could solidify
the path to peace in the south.
 decisions on how to implement the “war on drugs”
without killing.
Timor-Leste
 With a historic deal reached
on a permanent maritime
boundary in 2017 between
Australia and Timor-Leste
Vietnam
 As Vietnam’s economy has grown,
overseas development assistance has
dwindled. The country now faces a greater
reliance on taxes, loans, bonds, and
private sector funding to meet its
development goals
ECONOMIC
ISSUE
 The region’s GDP accounts for 30% of
global GDP (and could reach as much as
50% towards 2050) and it is no
overstatement to say that growth in Asia
means growth for the world.
 A generation ago, Asia was a marginal
region; now it’s at the centre of the global
economy.
MARAMING SALAMAT
SA PAKIKINI....
REFERENCE:
https://asiafoundation.org/2018/01/03/asias-
biggest-issues-2018-experts-weigh/
https://trendwatching.com/trends/10-asian-trends-
for-2015/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodia_National_
Rescue_Party