This is a trailer for a joint United States and South Korean small budget, independent documentary that explores the pressures and social anxieties that South Korean students face. It’s set to be released in the summer of 2013.

It addresses some of the issues in my post below including South Korea having one of the highest rates of plastic surgery and suicide in the world.



According to recent survey, nearly twenty percent of middle and high school students in East Asia have contemplated suicide. There is a good news segment by Al Jazeera titled “Though Love: An Education” which addresses the increasingly stressful demands young individuals are facing in terms of education and perceived expectations from family members, teachers, peers, and society. The link is below.

According to the data from the National Statistical Coordination Board, 26.5 percent of the population in the Philippines is below the poverty line. While significant progress has been made in the last decade, rural poverty remains one of the country’s largest challenges, while diseases such malaria and tuberculosis have presented numerous public health concerns. According to the Rural Poverty Portal, “Agriculture is the primary and often only source of income for poor rural people, most of whom depend on subsistence farming and fishing for their livelihoods. The poorest of the poor are the indigenous peoples, small-scale farmers who cultivate land received through agrarian reform, landless workers, fishers, people in upland areas and women.” Subsistence farmers, with little available income or means to take proper sanitation measure or receive vaccines, are among the susceptible to infectious disease in the country.

Poverty has also led to development of a large child sexual slavery market. According to UNICEF, an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 children in the Philippines are involved in prostitution rings.


I have noticed that I’m getting a lot of views from the Philippines. Any current issues there that I can research and blog about? Looking at the picture to the left, it’s hard to believe that Manila was the second most devastated city in the Second World War. During the end of the occupation, Japanese troops refused to leave the city which ultimately gave rise to the Manila Massacre. In the month of February 1945 numerous atrocities including torture, rape, and murder were conducted by Imperial Japanese soldiers. Civilian casualties also occurred as a result of accidental bombing of nonmilitary targets by the United States military. The victims must be remembered and their story should not be forgotten. Equally, it must be acknowledged that Japanese people are not bad, but rather the individuals and groups who committed these crimes. During April of 2012, the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, Toshinao Urabe, reiterated Japan’s apologies for atrocities in the Philippines, declaring, “I also hereby express our heartfelt apologies and deep sense of remorse for the tragedy.” Hopefully we can learn from these terrible events of the past to create a better and more peaceful future.

This is a NBC News Report about sexual slavery and child prostitution in Cambodia. Many of the victims seem to be somewhere around the age of seven  or possibly even younger. The problem is not limited to underdeveloped nations, however, as 161 countries are reported to be affected by human trafficking by being a source, transit, or destination point. If you live near a major city or urban area, there is a good probability that it is occurring within several miles of your home. According to United Nations Human Trafficking Statistics, it has been confirmed that 2.5 million people at any given period are currently forced into labor, while 90 percent of these victims experience physical and sexual violence (It is estimated that the number could be as high as 30 million). 1.4 million of these victims are in Asia and the Pacific. 1.2 million are children under the age of 18. For every 800 victims trafficked for forced labor and/or sexual exploitation, only 1 perpetrator is convicted. Even more disconcerting is that sexual slavery generates an estimated global profit of $31.6 billion dollars annually, making it larger than many present day economies.

Please help raise awareness about this inhuman and widespread crime and see below how you can get involved.

Tayme Canencia                One Heart Philippines

This is my WordPress friend Tayme Canencia from Manila. Isn’t she beautiful? She has some really interesting blogs including some on her volunteer experiences. One of the volunteer organizations she is involved in is One Heart Philippines. One Heart Philippines is a charity devoted to providing happiness and care to children and the elderly in Republic of the Philippines. They do some really great things. One of their latest activities was an event at the Hospital for Special Children in San Jose. Let me know if there is a charity or organization you want me to share. Please check out their Facebook link and Tayme’s blog below to see more.

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