Author: Alexis Cruz

LOS ANGELES: SPECTACULAR ‘ASIAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL’ PROJECTS THE RAW STORIES OF ASIA WITH PANACHE

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES — The Asian World Film Festival took place this past week October 25 – November 2. The festival commenced with the opening night screening of “Ayla: The Daughter of War.” Asia Media International was honored to be able to cover the event and share reviews of our favorite and most memorable films. Ayla: The Daughter of War Turkey – Official Oscar Submission for Best Foreign Language Film The Asian World Film Festival started the week of movies off with a tearjerker. They were so confident about it that they even provided a napkin on every seat,...

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LOS ANGELES: SPECTACULAR AND COSMOPOLITAN ASIAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Travel through Asia without leaving your movie theater seat. From October 25, 2017 to November 2, 2017, the third annual Asian World Film Festival is on grand display at the Arclight Theater in Culver City, California. The festival is shaping up to be a great exhibit of Asian cinema and a reasonable excuse to spend a whole week at a movie theater. The AWFF features films from powerhouses of Asian cinema, including India, Japan and South Korea, along with promising offerings from smaller countries like Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.Some films are official contenders for...

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QATAR: BATTLE OF THE PRESSES

 ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – More than 100 days of diplomatic crisis have taken their toll on Qatar. While fighting has yet to break out, proxy shots have most certainly been fired in the press and on the airwaves between Qatar and the quartet of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt lined up against it in an air, sea and land blockade. Recently, Saudi news networks have reported that the terrorist group ISIS supported Qatar in the Gulf Crisis. Qatar’s neighbors have accused Qatar of covertly endorsing  terrorists. However, The New York Times debunked the report and...

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QATAR: ISRAEL JOINS THE FIGHT AGAINST AL JAZEERA

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – From its creation, Al Jazeera was bound to incite controversy. Though state-funded, it was the first allegedly independent news network in a region tightly regulated by the government. Contentious coverage of neighboring countries brought the network plenty of threats, but none lasted. Still, the threats to shut down Al Jazeera continue to grow. Israel recently announced plans to close the in-country Al Jazeera office and to block the Arabic and English channels. This announcement comes a month after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain demanded that Qatar shut down the controversial network....

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SOUTH KOREA: Netflix’s ‘Okja’ is Some Pig

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – The expression “She’s got it all” seems particularly apt for the new Netflix film “Okja” and its cloven-hooved lead. Okja the character is smart, brave, loyal and loving, to a degree befitting her elephantine size (for the record, Okja’s sex is uncertain but we’ll call her a her for this article.) “Okja” the movie is action-packed, full of social commentary, and deeply sentimental. Together the two are winning fans and decent box office returns for a not-so-gentle jab at Big Food and the apocalypse that is the industrial meat industry. The continent-hopping adventure follows the...

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Asia Media International Staff

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL is a student-driven publication of Loyola Marymount University’s Asia Media Center – a vital part of LMU’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS), and in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science (POLS)

MANAGING EDITORS:
Savannah Nunez

Sabrina Verduzco


Executive Director and Executive Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief:
Jay Seo

Curriculum Coordinator:
Yi Ning Wong

Senior Writers [Beat]:
Katrina Crosby [Profiles]
Alexis Cruz [Qatar]
Momokoo (Yuchan) Deng [China]
Diana Jablonski [Malaysia]
Matthew Lange [Asian Profiles,Anime]
Frances Magsalin [Korea/Kpop]
Aashna Malpani [Feminism in Asia]
Hiromi Ochi [Singapore]
Fassa Sar [Film]
Gloria Santillan [Korea]
Sebastian Segura [Russia]
Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
C.J. Stone [Japan]
Tommy Sutjipto [China]
Eva Thio [Indonesia]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh & Vietnam]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

Associate Director of Development:
Simon Bleeker

Special Correspondent:
Clementine Todorov

Emeritus Managing Editors:
Mary Grace Costa
Kelcey Lorenzo

Contribuing Editors Emeritus:
Robert Dylan Fields
Eriko Lee Katayama
Ryan Lippert
Adrian Narayan [India]
James Royce [Australia]
Miranda Pak [Hong Kong]
Lamiya Shabir [Pakistan & Islam]
Yunfei Suo [China]
Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]
Katie Trinh [Vietnam]
Ryan Urban [Singapore]

Emeritus Associate Publishers:
Jeremiah Fajardo
Brian Chris Canave
Peyton Cross

Emeritus Executive Editor:
Lexie Tucker

Executive Senior Editor:
Ben Sullivan

Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Prof Tom Plate

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE:
Gareth C.C. Chang, Gene Park, Tom Plate, Jennifer Ramos, Kal Raustiala, Jeremiah Fajardo, Ben Sullivan, Greg Treverton