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What's in a name? East China Sea's disputed islands

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday at 4:52, 6:22, and 7:52 universal time. You’ll hear the winners' names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you have grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day,” quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music, so tune in every Saturday! 

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Did you know there is such a thing as official RFI Clubs? Up until now, they have always been French clubs, but now we want to open them up to all our listeners … let’s show the French how involved in RFI the rest of the world is! You can either transform your existing radio club into an RFI Club, or create a brand new one.

Then, anytime you plan special events – be they humanitarian, cultural, or sports-oriented; if you want to host an environmental program, or a day dedicated to health issues - RFI will help you with ideas and free promotional items for your members. If you are interested in either changing your radio club into an RFI club, or if you would like to create a brand-new RFI club, write my colleague Sébastien Bonijol in our Listener Relations department.

Sébastien Bonijol
RFI – Relations Auditeurs
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130, Issy-les-Moulineaux

Which leads me to another item of interest: the RFI Listener’s Club. Our Listener Relations department has decided that everyone can belong to the RFI Listener’s Club, but you will only be issued a membership number, not an identity card. Only members of an official RFI Club will have identity cards. As an RFI Listener’s Club member, you will still win a premium prize if you win a Sound Kitchen quiz. So no reason to not join – although having an official RFI Club is really far cooler.

If you only want to be a member of the general RFI Listener’s Club – that’s great, too! Just send me (or Sébastien) two identity photographs – and you can send them via e-mail, as jpeg files - along with the photos, send your full name, your postal mailing address, and if you have one, your e-mail address. You’ll receive an RFI Listeners Club number; include that number every time you enter a quiz, and if you are a winner, you’ll get a premium prize!

Nota bene: The RFI Listeners Club used to be called “Club 9516”. So if you are a member of the “Club 9516”, you are already a member of the RFI Listeners Club. Your “Club 9516” membership number still works – no need to reapply. Just include your membership number on your quiz entries.

Look at that beautiful link to the Sound Kitchen Listeners Cookbook! It actually happened! I’m very happy about it, and I hope you enjoy looking at it – and trying out some recipes. Please feel free to send in any comments you have, and we would love it if you’d send in photos – of you, and your completed dish. Don’t hesitate to use the “zoom” tool on countries where there are a lot of forks; that will separate them so you can read the titles easier. Click on the title, and the recipe will appear.

Today’s question was read on the 26 January. I asked you about China and Japan and a couple of disputed islands in the East China Sea. Tensions over these uninhabited islands have been escalating recently and ships and planes from both countries have been chasing one another for months.

So, what are both the Chinese and Japanese names of these islands?

And the answer is Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese. Japan annexed the islands in 1895. After Japan’s defeat in World War II, the United States administered them until 1972. Then they were handed back to Japan. But China argues that the islands were Chinese territory from the start and should have been returned to its control.

Just last week the Japanese government asked China to explain why Chinese ships have strategically placed several buoys in the East China Sea less than 1,000 feet from the edge of Japanese-controlled waters.

Japanese media has reported that perhaps the buoys are being used to track Japanese submarines in the waters around the islands.

But the Japanese government said it’s possible the buoys are being used to track ocean currents. Time will tell but it seems these buoys are only the tip of the iceberg and the dispute surrounding these islands isn’t going to resolve itself any time soon.

The winners this week are: Mr Javed Tasneem from Karachi, Pakistan; Mrs Fru Glory Zii from Bamenda, north-west Cameroon; Mr Abidu Yunusa from Katsina, Nigeria, and Ms Sowmya Ganesan of Goa, India. And finally one of our RFI Listener Club members won this week: Mr MD Jahangir Alam, the vice-president of the Friends Radio Club in Naogaon, Bangladesh.

Congratulations, winners!

This week’s question is about a scandal involving a certain type of meat, which was found in 4.5 million of dishes of frozen food across Europe. It was labelled as one type of meat but found to be another. What type of meat was found in these millions of frozen food dishes and what is the name of one of the companies involved in the scandal? Here’s a hint, two of them are based in France.

Send in your answer by the 8 April and be sure to tune in on 13 April to see if you are one of the lucky winners! As always, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer … and, if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:


Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
BP 9516
75016 Paris


By SMS … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen cell phone !!!!

Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Remember, it’s not just the quiz which wins you a prize. If your essay goes on the air, you’ll find a package in the mail from the Sound Kitchen. Write in about your community heroes – the people in your community who are quietly working to make the world a better place, in whatever way they can. I am still looking for your “This I Believe” essays, too. Tell us about the principles that guide your life … what you have found to be true from your very own personal experience. Or write in with your most memorable moment, and/or your proudest achievement. If your essay is chosen to go on-the-air – read by you – you’ll win an RFI radio!

Send your mini book reviews, your musical requests, your secret “guilty” pleasure (mine’s chocolate!), your tricks for remembering things, your favourite quotations and proverbs, descriptions of the local festivals you participate in, your weirdest dream, or just your general all-around thoughts to:

Include a phone number, so I can call you.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

All the best,



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