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And you thought clowns were scary! What about Namahage?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 21, 2012 | Comments (7)
Category: Holidays, Superstition, Children, Asia, Fictional Monsters

Tentacle Grape


Old-hand WU-vies know all about the fascination of the Japanese for "tentacle sex." But did you know you could buy the matching soft drink?

One question remains: is the English-only pun with "tentacle rape" intentional or accidental?

Buy yours here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 12, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Junk Food, Asia

Chinese Jinks

Continuing our intermittent series of "yesteryear's racial stereotypes."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 06, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Stereotypes and Cliches, Cartoons, 1930's, Asia

The Amazing 3

A goofball dancing horse, a sexy bunny, and a self-important guitar-playing duck with a Moe Howard haircut? I almost don't want to know what this anime is all about! Just by itself, this clip is perfection.

But you can learn the whole story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 06, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Aliens, Animals, Cartoons, 1960's, Asia

Volcano Warfare


Would unleashing volcanoes on 1944 Japan have been more merciful than using atomic bombs? I guess we'll never know.

And would today's "bunker-buster" bombs be even more capable of this mad scientist mission, in the country of some current enemy?

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 05, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Mad Scientists, Evil Geniuses, Insane Villains, War, Weapons, 1940's, Asia

Invasion of Astro-Monster

Learn more here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 29, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Aliens, Death, Destruction, Disasters, Movies, 1960's, Asia, Fictional Monsters

Chinese New Year

Could some scholar of Asian Studies among the WU-vies please explain the iconography of flying sentient bananas to me?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 23, 2012 | Comments (13)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Holidays, Asia, Fictional Monsters


Mystical Ball from Brian Olson on Vimeo.

Now that Myanmar seems to be opening up to the outside world, do you think their national sport of Chinlone will sweep the planet? A noncompetitive team endeavor, with no winning or losing? Nah, not likely!

Read about it here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 23, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Games, Asia

The Cuban Charlie Chan

"La Serpiente Roja" Primera película cubana sonora from Memoria de Cuba on Vimeo.

IMDB tells us: "A detective story which takes place in London, with Chinese investigator Chan Li Po, a very popular character of a Cuban radio series of the 30s and 40s. Written by Félix B. Caignet."

I'd love to see this whole film, based on this campy snippet.

The backstory, in Spanish.

You'll need to run this site through Google Translate.
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