Through my work on Global Voices, every day I discover new blogs. Through those blogs I get to know fascinating new people around the world, and hopefully come to understand - at least a little bit - about what it's like to be them.
Here are 5 of the dozen or so new blogs I have newly discovered this week:
I was pleased to see that despite the Vietnamese government's attitude towards online speech, my friends at VietnamNet have their Vietnamese blog-hosting service up and running. A lot of the blogs listed there so far still seem a bit tentative and experimental, but a few bloggers are emerging. One of them is the blog of Jones Lee, documenting mainly his social life and technology purchases. But look at the pictures and his accounts of his life - I'm willing to bet they don't have much to do with anything that might come to mind when most people think of Vietnam.
While I was skyping with Taiwanese blogger Ching Chiao, who will be on my Chinese blog conference panel, Ching pointed me to some new Taiwanese blogs I hadn't known about. They included Jedi's Weblog in English and Chinese. His most recent English post recounts his recent presentation in Korea, describing how Taiwan's remix culture is influencing Taiwan's blogging culture and how Creative Commons Taiwan is working to keep lawyers from stifling online creativity. He also links to his slides. Jedi's latest Chinese-language post on his much more active Chinese blog complains about the Taipei city government.
In Japanese we have 2 very unusual subjects. Thanks to Nevin Thompson's latest post on Global Voices, I discovered Nina - a young Japanese woman chronicling her Swahili studies in Tanzania. I also was amazed to discover, yes, a food blog from Samawah, Iraq, written in 2004 by a member of Japan's Self-Defence Forces (i.e., Japan's military which hasn't called itself a military since WWII) - sent to Iraq for non-combat peace-keeping support work. Even if you don't read Japanese, the photos give an interesting peek at the lives and activities of the Japanese troops in Iraq, and their day-to-day interactions with Iraqi people - especially meals eaten together.
Many thanks to Nir Ofir for conceiving and organizing Blog Day 2005. Based on what's coming out of Blogpulse, the BlogDay 2005 Technorati search and BlogDay2005 Technorati tag, it has definitely been a success!