Author: Ungern

Building the Economic Union of the Northern Hemisphere

Political Eurasianism is usually understood as a geographical concept, mostly revolving around Alexander Dugin’s philosophy. However, as geography is obviously becoming more and more irrelevant to our interconnected world, nowadays Eurasianism is more about the growing cultural and economic proximity between North America, Northern Europe and East Asia. With the rise of China since the beginning of the 21st century, we have seen an increase in global free trade, and the need for more open borders and global standards has been growing. However, the concept of “globalization” has been so far limited by the negative side effects of open...

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How a 17th-Century Monk is Boosting China-Japan Ties

Portrait of Ingen by Kita Genki [Source: SCMP] Traveller who spread Buddhist scriptures and gave his name to a classic Japanese appetiser enjoys a renaissance after being championed by Chinese President Xi Jinping BY TAKEHIRO MASUTOMO Most fans of Japanese food will be well acquainted with the Ingenmame beans traditionally served as an appetiser, but far fewer will be familiar with the 17th-century Chinese monk to whom they owe their name. And even fewer would expect that the very same monk, after a few hundred years in obscurity, would re-emerge as a latter-day diplomat, helping Chinese and Japanese rethink...

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Asian Wives wanted in the Faroe Islands

Image source: BBC There’s a shortage of women in the Faroe Islands. So local men are increasingly seeking wives from further afield – Thailand and the Philippines in particular. But what’s it like for the brides who swap the tropics for this windswept archipelago? […] There are now more than 300 women from Thailand and Philippines living in the Faroes. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but in a population of just 50,000 people they now make up the largest ethnic minority in these 18 islands, located between Norway and Iceland. In recent years the Faroes have experienced population...

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Nightcore: Original Asian-Aryan Music

Nightcore is a sub-genre of trance music that is characterized by a sped-up melody, fast rhythmic beat, and a higher than normal pitch. Almost all nightcore music are original songs nightcored (remixed into nightcore) by nightcore fans. Pure Nightcore uses very fast beats and a very high pitch (which can sound almost like a chipmunk is singing…). Read more on Wikipedia...

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The Chinese self-designation Hua and the root-word Ᾱrya

[Image source: White Cloud Taoist Temple] [About the meaning and origin of the epithet Ḥarya — Ᾱrya in East Asia] – by Koenraad Elst “The earliest Chinese words for ‘the Chinese’: the phonology, meaning and origin of the epithet Ḥarya — Ᾱrya in East Asia” by Christopher Beckwith, published in Journal Asiatique 304:2 (2016), p.231-248. Some comments and background data are mine, but for the factual frame, the entire credit goes to Beckwith. I had never suspected that the Chinese word for “Chinese” has a foreign origin. But yes, it does. In fact, the same foreign word has been...

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