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CHINA: The Young, The Rich, and the Reckless

ASIA MEDIA STAFF WRITES- After China’s Economic Reform in 1978, the open-door policy benefited many investors but also created a generation of troublemakers called “fuerdai”- the Rich Second Generation. These kids were born in the 80’s and 90’s, and their job is to brag about their wealth on the Internet. One infamous Internet celebrity –who […]

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Move Over Comic Con, Make Room for Hello Kitty Con

ANNIE LUNDGREN WRITES – Last month, some 25,000 people celebrated Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday at the first-ever “Hello Kitty Con” in downtown Los Angeles.  The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Little Tokyo was transformed into a wonderland of cartoon structures, giant tea-cups, and rainbows. Pink-dressed attendees wore tutus, wigs, cat ears, and giant hair bows. I […]

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AUSTRALIA: Crouching Tiger, Hacking Panda

AMBER VERNETTI WRITES– In preparation for the 2014 Group of 20 (G20) Summit held in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland in Australia, Chinese hackers allegedly hacked into Australian media corporations to collect information about the Summit’s possible discussion topics. This group, referred to as Deep Panda, hacks into systems with its focus on the interests […]

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NORTH KOREA: Black Markets and Brighter Futures

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Like millennials elsewhere, North Korea’s are unhappy with their circumstances and doing what they must to improve their quality of life. In spite of the government’s restrictions on media, North Korean millennials are still able to consume foreign media, which has played a significant role in the country’s millennial revolution. In […]

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SINGAPORE: iCrowdfund

ASIA MEDIA STAFF WRITES – Singaporean netizens recently came together on crowd-funding site Indiegogo to help a wronged Vietnamese tourist reclaim the money he lost after being scammed by a mobile phone shop in Singapore. The campaign had an original goal of raising $1,350, but ended up collecting a total of $12,431 by its close on November […]

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K-POP KORNER: Homosexual Slurs Do Not Make You a Tough Cookie

KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – Block B’s Zico has recently come under fire after the release of his official solo debut music video “Tough Cookie” on November 6th. In the video, the rapper uses a homosexual slur and is seen wearing a jacket with a Confederate flag. The music video is also being criticized for misappropriation of […]

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ASIAN GAMING: Gumi Goes Public

ALEX QUEJADO WRITES — If you’ve committed hours to the latest and greatest mobile role-playing game (RPG) or if you’re just playing Candy Crush while waiting for your bus, you’re part of the massive and growing mobile game market. With the prevalence of smartphones in today’s world, chances are you have downloaded and played at […]

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VIETNAM: Free Media Doesn’t Require Lifeguards

YVONNE EPPS WRITES — In a perfect world, there would be depth to the concept of press freedom in Vietnam.  Unfortunately, all they have now is a shallow kiddy pool that is severely monitored by ‘helicopter’ parents. The issue is becoming much more complicated as the party is finding more ways to shrink the kiddy pool […]

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SRI LANKA: Can the Web Mafia Make an Offer Presidential Candidates Can’t Refuse?

PEYTON CROSS WRITES-  As we are coming to terms with our recent midterm elections, Sri Lanka is approaching an election of its own.  Scheduled for January 2015, Sri Lankans are already being bombarded with ads and other negative campaign tactics regarding their future presidential candidates.  Most of these are funded through different parties, but recently […]

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INDIA: eBay Introduces a Whopper of a Sales Plan

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES – The world’s second largest burger joint is utilizing eBay in one of the most interesting ways. Burger King has laid out a plan to get Indians to pre-order its sandwiches online. Burger King aims to sell online vouchers to help promote this new idea.  Consumers can purchase a burger for the promotional price of […]

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INDONESIA: No More Visas?!

MICHELLE VARINATA WRITES – “Indonesia waives visa requirements!” With Asia One’s screaming headline, the recent passing of Indonesia’s visa requirement law pertains to only five countries: South Korea, Russia, Australia, China and Japan. Tourists from these five countries will be given visa-free travel by the Indonesian government. While this handful of countries receives royalty treatment, […]

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BEIJING SUMMIT: THE WORLD’S TOUGH TASK

(Reprinted from various newspapers in Asia)  TOM PLATE WRITES: If our future is not to be dulled by the dead weight of the past, then a clear-headed prioritisation of the issues of the 21st century needs to be undertaken. This means keeping Asia – and thus China – in the top spot of the global […]

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HONG KONG: Thumbs Down for Leung Chun-ying

ANNIE LUNDGREN WRITES – The recent pro-democracy uprising in Hong Kong has highlighted Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s growing unpopularity among protesters and their supporters. Since the uprising began in September, the CE has become no fan of electoral reform in Hong Kong. Currently, chief executive candidates are nominated by a 1,200 person committee of business […]

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JAPAN: Rocking Through the Mainstream

YVONNE EPPS WRITES — Imagine standing in the pit of the House of Blues, staring up at a four-man group that begins to sing in Japanese. It’s an indie Japanese music fan’s dream, and when you wake up, you realize that the American mainstream is being invaded. A trend is developing in which Japanese rock […]

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