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Archive | October, 2012

JAPAN: Are These Stupid Islands Worth the Trouble?

The ongoing disagreement over the Senkaku, or Diaoyu, islands is nothing new to those who follow current events in East Asia, even as both China and Japan have made stumbling efforts at negotiation. the first of which took place on September 25. Despite the storm, the truth is that the exact value of the uninhabited […]

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PHILIPPINES: Arrest Sparks Heated Debate Over Cybercrime Law

You want to hear ridiculous?! Filipino environmentalists and Internet users have rallied behind Esperlita Garcia, an anti-mining advocate who was arrested on libel charges for a critical post on her Facebook. She was arrested despite the Supreme Court’s suspension of the law that was used against her, which was actually enacted 18 months after the […]

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NORTH KOREA: Trying to Save Face With a Stolen Tablet?

The release of North Korea’s new “Arirang” tablet computer is very exciting news, but as with many new gadgets, there is at least one big question. Instead of asking how it compares to competitors or how well it performs, the question is about where it was made. North Korea’s media said a government agency, the […]

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HONG KONG: ‘Next Media’ Announces Goodbye to Taiwan

Following up on our “No Next Step for Next Media” article that appeared here in April, Hong Kong’s largest media company, ‘Next Media’, has recently confirmed the selling of its Taiwan-based Entertainment Services Ltd. Next Media’s largest Taiwanese publications, ‘Next Magazine’ and ‘Apple Daily’, are a huge part of the company’s portfolio- a fact that […]

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LOS ANGELES: Asia Society Event

This vital regional citizens’ organization has been in the service of improving understanding of Asia in America for decades. Its events, with venues mainly in downtown Los Angeles, bring major international figures, academic experts and even spectacular artists into the spotlight of the community. ‘The New Asia Media’ is an Asia Society member; you should […]

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VIETNAM: Opening the Gates to the Internet

The Internet is an apparatus of information, entertainment and communication- but is it utilized as it should be? We Are Social, a global independent social media agency, reports that Vietnam’s social, digital and mobile opportunities are evolving as the country reaches about 31 million Internet users. Although this is an impressive number at first glance, […]

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HONOLULU: Major Journalists from Asia Visiting for U.S. Election

Eight accomplished journalists from various parts of Asia have begun the East-West Center’s special U.S. Presidential Election Reporting Seminar. On the 12-day tour immediately before, during and after the election, the journalists will visit Florida, Ohio and Washington, DC to gain perspectives on the American electoral system and the issues involved in the presidential contest. […]

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SINGAPORE: Advertising Restrictions Hard to Swallow

How much government really is too much? Singapore plans to follow in the footsteps of the UK, South Korea, Denmark, and Finland to encourage healthy lifestyles for citizens by regulating advertisements for fast food, soda, and other food high in sugar, salt, and fat. At the recent launch of the annual National Healthy Lifestyle Campaign, […]

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BANGLADESH: Mortal Danger for Journalists Continues

It took a serious Spanish media outlet to shine light on the latest anti-media atrocity in this country Recently Eurasia Review: News and Analysis, an independent news outlet based in Spain, has reported that yet another Bangladeshi journalist has been killed. Talhad Ahmed Kabid was a reporter with the Bangladeshi newspaper, Dainik Narsingdi Bani, who […]

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AUSTRALIA: Can’t Stand Graffiti? Now There’s an App for That.

Citizens of Queenslanders, Australia, now have the ability to report lost and damaged property, graffiti, and loitering via a newly developed mobile phone app. Mere hours after issuing their Annual Statistical Review, Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson and Police Minister Jack Dempsey released the PoliceLink app which enables citizens to contact their local police with the […]

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CHINA: Ai Weiwei’s Gangnam Style Parody

If New York Times had not published the Wen article (see Lani Luo’s “CHINA: It’s All About Whom You Know, Reports New York Times”), Ai Weiwei’s Grass Mud Horse Style (a parody on Psy’s internet meme Gangnam Style) video would probably be the most popular news in China. Ai Weiwei is an internationally prominent contemporary […]

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LOS ANGELES: NEW MANAGING EDITORS

Lani Luo and Selina Swatek, LMU seniors, have been promoted to the positions of managing editors of this site. The decision was made by acclamation — and to loud applause — at the regular ASIA MEDIA staff meeting recently in University Hall 3319, located on the university’s main campus. Commented site founder Tom Plate, distinguished […]

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