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Cambodia’s female construction workers

Cambodia’s construction industry is booming, and high-rises are being built across the capital of Phnom Penh. With the city’s population doubling over the past four years, it has begun its transformation into a sprawling metropolis.

The industry employs a large number of migrant workers who flock to the capital in search of work.

Around a third of these workers are women, and photographer Charles Fox’s latest project documents them on the building sites.

Some of the women are just starting out, others hone skills learnt in the provinces, while others are from the masses of workers who returned from Thailand in 2014 after a crackdown on illegal migrant workers.

Many of these women have come to the capital with their family and friends, relocating to live and work on the building sites.

The sites can often be dangerous and female workers can receive lower wages than their male counterparts.

Despite this, the women of Cambodia’s construction industry are hard-working and driven, remaining resilient to the risks they face.

All photographs by Charles Fox.

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BIG HEART TO ZIVA


I love fox asia what they are doing for saying bye…. for now to ziva /cote
they really know what viewers want

guys this made cry , it s so cutie

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Are you afraid of bats? This Halloween season, help spread awareness about these beautiful and important creatures.

The Flying Fox, also known as the Fruit bat, belong to the genus Pteropus, a suborder of Megachiroptera (megabats.) They are the largest species of bats with a wingspan that can measure up to 6 feet wide! They are found in the tropics and subtropics of Asia (including the Indian subcontinent), Australia, islands off East Africa, and a number of remote oceanic islands in both the Indian and Pacific Oceans. There are at least 60 exant species in this genus.

Since the Fruit Bat’s diet consists of nectar and fruit, they play a vital role in pollination and seed dispersal. A single individual will fly over an area covering up to 25 miles in a single night’s feeding. They transfer pollen from tree to tree on their muzzle, and deposit seeds from the fruits they consume in their droppings (guano.) This service they provide generates up to 6 billion dollars in agriculture a year.

The microbat is a much smaller species that have large ears that depend on echolocation. They feed on insects and blood. They have much shorter, leaf shaped noses and poor vision. The megabats, on the other hand, have large muzzles lending them a fox like appearance, excellent vision, and neural pathways that resemble that of prosimian primates such as lemurs and slow lorises. This discovery has led to the hypothesis that megabats and microbats are separate species, and that megabats evolved from common ancestors with primates. This theory, known as The Flying Primate Hypothesis, is not conclusive and has been challenged by many in the scientific community, but it accounts for the biological differences between the two orders of bats. The bat is the only mammal that can fly, and scientists have long believed that microbats and megabats share a common ancestor that developed the ability to fly; however the flying primate theory posits that there were two distinct instances of mammals developing flight capabilities.

The hypothesis began with Carl Linnaeus, and was again advanced by J.D Smith in 1980. It was proposed in its modern form by Australian neuroscientist Jack Pettigrew in 1986 after he discovered that the connections between the retina and the superior colliculous, (a region of the midbrain) in the megabat Pteropus were organized in the same way found in primates, and different from all other mammals. This was followed up by a longer study published in 1989, in which this was supported by the analysis of many other brain and body characteristics. Pettigrew suggested that flying foxes, colugos and primates were all descendants of the same group of early arboreal (tree-dwelling) mammals. The megabat flight and the colugo gliding could be both seen as locomotory adaptations to a life high above the ground.

Flying Foxes are highly intelligent, gentle, and social mammals. Males do a dance to show off their shoulders when trying to attract a mate. Sexual selection is at the female’s discretion, though in some species, the males will have a harem of female bats and large broods. Other species have populations of tens of thousands that live together.

Sadly, misconceptions about these beautiful animals leads to prejudice against them, and coupled with massive deforestation and destruction of natural habitats has led them to fly into urban areas to forage. Human cruelty is responsible for the extermination and mistreatment of these animals.

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I made a new travel tips video for another of my favourite places that I’ve been in Japan - here’s how to get to Fox Village, where to stay, and what you can expect when you go!  :)

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anonymous asked:

The story I would like to write is about a Korean American girl who's a Gumiho (or Kumiho depending on spelling). She's adopted by a Japanese Kitsune family and has always thought she was one too. When she finds out that she's not, she starts being afraid of hurting her friends. I wanted to play with the Kumiho being always chaotic evil in myths, but I'm a little worried that I would be portraying Koreans as bad people in general though. It's a world where Kitsune, Kumiho, & Huli jing coexist.

Demonization of Koreans

I’m actually wondering why the kumiho is portrayed as chaotic evil while the kitsune aren’t. I’m not that great with East Asian mythology, but one of the things that does stand out is that fox spirits in East Asia (China/Japan/Korea) are pretty much all considered chaotic evil to some extent? Like there’s some exceptions that do exist, but it always seems like in general they’re all demonic/antagonistic, so I find anon’s reasoning arbitrary.

I invite my fellow East Asians that are more well-versed in kitsune, kumiho, and hulijing to comment. I admit to being out of my depth here.

—mod Jess 

I’m not well-versed in East Asian mythology, either! I do know that kumiho are often seen as malevolent. Ancient Korean texts, however, don’t seem to paint them as unilaterally evil. I don’t know much about kitsune or huli jing.

One solution to your issue, Anon, is to have more Korean characters in your text, so it’s clear that you’re not painting all Koreans as evil.

While there’s a mythological component to your work, there’s also themes like East Asian identity, Asian American identity, adoption, innate evil, etc within your work, and being prepared to tackle those as sensitively and empathetically as possible is going to be important. Please do not overlook researching things like the experiences of adoptees while you write, particularly Korean American adoptees. 

As Jess said, though, we’d love to hear from fellow East Asians on this one. What’s your take? If you’ve got advice or insight for Anon, please share!

~mod Stella

anonymous asked:

I'm drawin a thing an could you tell me whats in marks abilities??? like what he can do?

So, basically Mark is mixed-race between two monsters: Korean fox monster(여우요괴) and German trickster giant(Rübezahl). So, while he might not be able to do things to the extent of what his parents are capable of, he is still a very powerful creature. I’ll explain his abilities based on his respective heritage. I might as well just explain what monster he is….

Korean fox monster(여우요괴): You might heard of Nine tailed fox from East Asia folklore. In Korean they’re called Kumiho(구미호), and yes it is a fox monster, but it is one of the most powerful(and evil more often than not) out of them. In this AU, Mark is a descendant of more common and trickster-like fox monsters.

Fox monsters, including Kumiho, are basically foxes who lived long enough to have gained magical powers to be supernatural creatures. Some of them are said to be preying on humans(particularly on their livers and hearts :P), and have strong instinct to kill, but many others are also described as more trickster-like and play tricks on humans with their magic just for fun.

Fox monsters are said to be shapeshifters; They can turn into various human forms, but they usually take a very attractive human form, male or female. Their specialty lies in seduction. They approach and seduce humans with their words, looks, charms, and/or with magic, which results in 1. said human being eaten 2. human getting pranked on or 3. foxes taking your chi(life energy) and storing them in a bead, which the human and the fox shares when they’re are kissing. Yes you read that right Korean folklore wtf u kinky af Mark’ heritage is either 2 or 3(or both). In #3′s case, that bead is called Fox Bead(여우구슬) and a fox has only one of those each. They store the chi in the bead and use them to either just feed on or become a human. The prey doesn’t need to die if the fox isn’t taking too much. If the human take the bead, the fox monster is compelled to do whatever the human wishes to get it back. 

If their disguise slips and you notice their fox ears or tails before any of those(#1, #2, or #3) happens, you have a high chance of surviving bc either their identity can’t be revealed or that’s just the way folklore works.

In Mark’s case, he can do basic magic tricks, he looks attractive bc that’s the way fox monsters roll, and can shapeshift a bit. Like, he can change how old/young he looks, and take a couple of different human form, but it is much more limited than his mother’s abilities. Also he can take a full fox form but it isn’t his natural form. He is most comfortable when his fox ears and tails are out in his human form. He doesn’t have a Fox Bead bc he doesn’t need to be a human, but if he wishes to, he absolutely can.

(oh and, his tails and ears are more of a manifestation of what he truly is, of his fox chi, than a physical existence. But you can see and touch them if you’re sensitive enough to supernatural realm. In this way some humans can see his ears and tail while others can’t.)


German trickster giant(Rübezahl): So he is basically a trickster giant who live in the mountains and/or a mountain spirit. He can turn into different types of animals, and he uses his magic to help those who are good and revenge those who do him wrong. He is the Lord of Weather of the mountains and can send thunders, storms and all kind of nasty weathers even when it’s sunny. And he can…. turn turnips(or any root vegetables) into friends. YUP.

What Mark can do is, well, he can’t change weathers as much as his father can, but he can certainly bring unexpected showers of rain, lightening, thunders and fog for a short while. It exhausts him to keep the weather there for more than a day, though. But just a few hours, or a few minutes are enough to get back to someone you aren’t happy with(read: JaCK STOP CALLING ME FURRY OR I’LL MAKE RAINBOWS AFTER THIS RAIN AND FIND YOUR POT OF GOLD), right? He also can change into some animals(which his mother cannot do)like bigger breeds of dogs. His fave is a golden.

Sometimes he gets very upset when Jack is trying to make a dinner out of root vegetables… I wonder why. >:D

I guess I can use this for my introduction post XD

I hope this helps!

According to the folk traditions of East Asia, any fox you see may be a magical creature of great power and intelligence.  Usually called “Fox Spirits” or “Fox Demons” in English sources, these beings have different names and attributes in the folklore of different countries, but the same core qualities.

Like any foxes in any stories anywhere, they are cunning tricksters.  They are also shapeshifters, usually appearing as either unassuming animals or beautiful women.  They also have powers over the material world and human senses.  Their powers grow with age, as do the number of their tails.  They meddle in the lives of mortals for purposes of good, evil, and mere amusement.

The Huli Jing of China is the oldest version of the myth.  It plays on paranoia by suggesting that anyone could be living a double life as a magical fox, and that this same person-thing could curse you with impotence or rearrange your furniture when you’re not looking.  Instead of simply taking human form, Huli Jing often possess people like ghosts.

The Japanese variant, the Kitsune, is most famous in the West.  In Shinto, it is associated with the deity Inari.  Unlike the Huli Jing, the Kitsune is usually divorced from human society, living in the woods or mysterious worlds beyond.  They take human form, but usually for a brief deception rather than a lifelong masquerade.  Still, there are stories of Kitsune adopting human personae to seduce powerful men and lead them to ruin, which is also a feature of Huli Jing tales.

Compared to its famous relatives, there is little information available on the Korean Kumiho.  They are reputedly less manipulative and more overtly evil.  While Huli Jing and Kitsune are said to be behind many deaths, Kumiho actively kill people with their sharp teeth and claws.  They leave behind the entire body except for the one organ they eat (usually the liver, but sometimes the heart).  In contrast, there are tales of sympathetic Kumiho performing feats to become human.

Illustration by Kuniyoshi Utagawa.

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[HD] Castle Season6 FOX Asia Premiere

Castle is Back~(≧▽≦)

Stuff I don’t like about Fox Asia’s Show Intros (for the shows I watch).

-Them showing a highly sexualised picture of Hayley Atwell to promote Agent Carter, and labelling it “Hubbie’s Choice”. Like, dude, no. This is a show about feminism and women power. YOU DO NOT DEGRADE IT TO A SHOW MEANT TO GRATIFY MALES’ DOMINANT FEMALE DESIRES!

Stuff I like about Fox Asia’s Show Intros (for the shows I watch):

-Them featuring May and Skye in front part of the intro where pictures of the main characters are shown. Like, hell yes!