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View Poll Results: What is your favorite Asian country and why?
Japan 31 24.80%
China 10 8.00%
Thailand 14 11.20%
Korea 7 5.60%
Malaysia 0 0%
Indonesia 3 2.40%
Vietnam 1 0.80%
Cambodia 0 0%
Laos 0 0%
India 7 5.60%
Singapore 1 0.80%
Phillipines 14 11.20%
Russia 3 2.40%
Mongolia 0 0%
Nepal 1 0.80%
Hong Kong 27 21.60%
Taiwan 5 4.00%
Other (specify) 1 0.80%
Voters: 125. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-15-2008, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Macao
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My wife is from Indonesia and is making me go this year.
It's a predomated Mulsim country with some terrorist
groups there. I am American should i be worried!!!
Java, Semarang is where we wil be traveling to.
24 hour flight, sad...
I spent a month on the main island of Java in Indonesia. I find it one of the more spookier countries of Asia by far. But I know others who seem to love it - usually Australians, who treat it like Americans do with Mexico. Meaning they go there for months at a time and just surf and party and such.

Java is fairly industrialized and dirty. Most of the big cities are on the main island of Java. It isn't a particularly pretty place, but there are some interesting cultural stuff like Yogyokarta in particular. Try to get to Bali, which is right next to Java.

Should you be worried as an American? Not anymore than if you were an Australian. They aren't too keen on either one, but multitudes are going there and visiting there anyways, so definetely go and don't worry about it too much
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Old 05-15-2008, 06:18 AM
 
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Predominantly Muslim countries are usually very safe. Punishment is severe and if someone is in trouble onlookers are more inclined to help without thinking of their own safety. You are more likely to get shot in American cities.

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My wife is from Indonesia and is making me go this year.
It's a predomated Mulsim country with some terrorist
groups there. I am American should i be worried!!!
Java, Semarang is where we wil be traveling to.
24 hour flight, sad...
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Indonesia is definitely more dangerous than your average Asian country. However the chances of anything happening are very small.

The terrorists are mostly hanging out in the jungles on the northern side of Sumatra. So on Java you shouldn't run into too many problems with fundamentalists/terrorists.

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Originally Posted by Balco9 View Post
My wife is from Indonesia and is making me go this year.
It's a predomated Mulsim country with some terrorist
groups there. I am American should i be worried!!!
Java, Semarang is where we wil be traveling to.
24 hour flight, sad...
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:42 AM
 
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Europe is not a continent from a geological viewpoint. Europe is a western peninsula of Eurasia. The division made is rather because of cultural, historical and geo-political reasons. So it's arbitrary.

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Geographically, Asia stretches from Asia Minor (west Turkey), Cyprus, Russia east of the Urals and far east as the islands near the Date Line.
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Old 05-16-2008, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Europe is not a continent from a geological viewpoint. Europe is a western peninsula of Eurasia. The division made is rather because of cultural, historical and geo-political reasons. So it's arbitrary.
So is the division of North and South America, but those are the cards we were dealt with. So I suggest you just deal with it.
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Old 05-16-2008, 05:02 PM
 
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You could say it forms a supercontinent with North America. I suggest you don't get personal with me. Your last cocky sentence is unnecessary and out of order. I get the impression you have a problem with something else I have written.

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So is the division of North and South America, but those are the cards we were dealt with. So I suggest you just deal with it.
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Old 05-16-2008, 08:39 PM
 
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Moderator's Note:

This thread is not a discussion about continental boundaries; neither is it a venue for personal remarks or feuds.

Please stick to the topic of the thread, namely one's favourite Asian country.
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Old 05-17-2008, 01:14 AM
 
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I chose Japan because I admire and love their technological breakthroughs. No one beats the Japanese when it comes to technology.
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Old 05-17-2008, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Philippines, I like teh food...and teh people... and teh city... and everyone speaks English...
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Old 05-17-2008, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Kauai, HI
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I chose Japan after studying Japanese for 10 years and living there for a bit. I will never, ever lose my love for Japan. The culture is so different and it really made me perceive things differently. I always tell people that the population of Tokyo is about 3 times that of NYC (or it was when I was there a few year ago) and is about 10 times cleaner with nicer people. Tokyo is such a modern place and then there is Kyoto, which sets you back a few centuries. I'm in love.
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