13 Things about Asia You Probably Don’t Know
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Asia is a popular destination for teachers looking to teach English as a Foreign Language abroad. With its histories, geographies and cultures, it’s easy to understand why so many TEFL teachers are drawn there. But Asia is a lot more interesting than you realise. Here are 13 things about Asia you probably don’t know.
In Thailand there is a town that is run by monkeys. Okay, not really but Lopburi has a lot of monkeys! These monkeys are so special to the town that they have a festival dedicated to them. Huge piles of food are put out and the monkeys are invited to feast until they are full – or they can just have food fights.
More than 4 000 people in China are named Aoyun, which means Olympic Games.
Tokyo, Japan is the most populated city in the world. As of 2018, it has more than 38 million residents.
Thailand has a market on train tracks. That’s right! At the Maeklong Railway Market you can browse the stalls and shop for star fruit, sticky rice or som tam, but when the train comes you’ll need to stand back!
China has the world’s largest shopping mall. The New South China Mall in Dongguan has an area of just over 650 000 square kilometres! It has a rollercoaster, a canal, a replica of the Arc de Triomphe and 2 350 shops but sadly, it’s known as the Dead Mall because almost all of it is empty!
South Korea celebrates Valentine’s Day for singles. While traditionally Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love and relationships, in South Korea there is an equivalent day for people who are not loved up. 14th April is known as Black Day and is a day when unhitched singles get together and moan about being single over a dish of black noodles.
Everyone shares a birthday in Vietnam. The Vietnamese celebrate their birthday on New Year’s Day, regardless of when they were actually born. This is because they measure their age by how many New Year’s celebrations they’ve lived through.
China only has one time zone. Even though it covers an area big enough for five time zones, after the civil war in 1949 it was decided that it would only have one.
Japan’s national anthem is four lines long.
India produces the most mangoes in the world.
In Thailand, it’s considered bad luck to get your hair cut on a Wednesday. Getting your hair cut on a Monday, on the other hand, will bring you good luck.
The highest point on the planet – Mount Everest – and the lowest point – the Dead Sea – are in Asia.
Seven of the world’s tallest buildings are in Asia. These are the Shanghai World Financial Centre, Taipei 101, China Zun (in Beijing), Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Lotte World Tower in Seoul, Ping An Finance Centre in Shenzhen and the Shanghai Tower.
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In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.
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