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CHINA: ELITE NEWSPAPER RAISES TORTURE QUESTION

Following courtesy of Agence France-Presse: Forced confessions through torture are not rare in China, the leading English-language newspaper of China said yesterday, a rare admission by state-run media of deep-seated flaws in the justice system after a teenager executed for murder 18 years ago was cleared.   “It has not been rare for higher authorities […]

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JAPAN: WHY ROOT FOR FAILURE?

The following syndicated column by Asia Media Founder Tom Plate appeared Monday 15 Dec. in the South China Morning Post of Hong Kong: There will be little rejoicing over this weekend’s Japanese election. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remains leader of his party and his country, but who can imagine him winning a single popularity contest […]

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VIETNAM: Popping the Silence Bubble

YVONNE EPPS WRITES— Since the beginning of Fall, I’ve been bemoaning the lack of press freedom in Vietnam, beating this dead horse and watching talented journalists battle the nooses around their necks. However, this sad story is taking a turn. It’s about time someone with a powerful voice said something about this issue. Nguyen Cong Khe, founder […]

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JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA: Rumor Has It…

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – Journalists need to grab the attention of their readers, and what better way is there than reporting on a possible scandal? Unfortunately, even in a so-called free media system, a simple rumor can get you into big trouble. Sankei Shimbun reporter Tatsuya Kato’s is now on trial for his alleged libeling […]

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ASIA-AT-LARGE: East-West Megamix – British Radio With an Asian Flare

AMBER VERNETTI WRITES: Sunrise Radio, the UK’s first Asian around-the-clock media corporation, celebrated its 25th anniversary this November. Founded by Avtar Lit in 1989, the radio station offers news about the Asian continent and the opinions of broadcasters who support its dissemination to the greater public. The London-based music station features British broadcasters who speak […]

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K-POP KORNER: The 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards

KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – On December 4, the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) were broadcast live from Hong Kong. Known as one of the biggest annual award shows of the year, the 2014 MAMA rewards groups and solo artists who have made exceptional contributions to the Korean Pop music industry in the past year. […]

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ASIAN GAMING: Korea’s G-Star 2014 Wows the Crowd

ALEX QUEJADO WRITES — The 10th Annual Game Show and Trade All-Round, stylized as G-Star, took place from November 20- 23 in Busan, South Korea. G-Star, a major gaming convention showcasing upcoming projects from Korean and foreign developers alike, is widely regarded as the fourth most popular game convention in the world. The attendance rate […]

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CHINA: Blue Skies Over Beijing?

ASIA MEDIA WRITES:  On the whole, the international media has reacted to China’s climate improvement agreement with understandable cynicism. Nations tend to talk a lot and do much less. But the agreement recently reached at the 2014 APEC summit in Beijing might prove the beginning of the real deal. People who live in China’s big […]

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SOUTHEAST ASIA: UPTICKS AND DOWNDRAFTS

Asia Media International Founder Tom Plate writes in his syndicated column: History never comes to a halt but snakes its way into the future as it wishes – often in unexpected and sometimes tragic ways. Whether via revolution or counter-revolution, any abrupt change in citizen participation and political structure will shove nations onto trajectories that, […]

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CHINA: Dumb and Dumber?

SYNDICATED COLUMNIST TOM PLATE WRITES: Perhaps the so-called US “pivot” to Asia is an immense self-delusion; perhaps America is hopelessly glued to its 20th-century past – yes, the oft-labelled American century; and so perhaps this Western “world power” is in effect emotionally handicapped – unable to prioritise geographically and always needing to have it all: […]

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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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