Author: Adrian Narayan

LOS ANGELES: THE POWER OF DIVERSITY IN PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE ASIAN FILMS

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES –In November, Asia Media International staff attended the third annual Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) in Culver City, California a.k.a. “the heart of screenland.” After watching films and panels throughout the seven-day festival, it’s safe to say that the AWFF left no doors unopened when it came to the inclusivity of films featured. This slideshow requires JavaScript. Given the breadth of growing film producers, actors, directors, and studios throughout Asia, it’s undeniable that choosing just a handful of films from the world’s largest and most non-monolithic “continent” takes quite a challenging feat. Luckily, the AWFF brought...

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ASIAN PROFILES: What Young Asian-Americans can Learn from Grace Lee Boggs

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES — As one of the nation’s oldest human rights activist, it should come as no surprise that Grace Lee Boggs is a household name for many civil-rights activists. A first-generation Chinese-American woman, Boggs founded community organizations and supported political movements in major cities such as Chicago and Detroit. Born in 1915 in Providence, Rhode Island, Boggs gained an early exposure to the struggles and civil inequalities that minority groups faced at the time. One such group was the Chinese immigrants, often discriminated against by whites for being “invasive orientals” throughout American history. Boggs enrolled at Barnard...

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LOS ANGELES: THE ASTONISHING TIMING OF ASIA SOCIETY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES— In the wake of countless protests that broke out across the United States in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration this past Friday,the timing of the Asia Society Southern California’s special conference on Monday Jan. 23 is almost magical. So please consider attending (details below) Asia Society Southern California’s notably relevant program about the implications of President Trump’s administration on domestic and foreign policies that affect Asian and Asian American communities. Its ‘global Asia Society’ initiative has been thoughtfully designed to examine both challenges and opportunities for the Trump Administration in dealing with Asian countries...

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USA AND CHINA: COMPARING TIANANMEN SQUARE’S ‘TANK MAN’ AND BLM’S ‘STATUE OF LIBERTY’

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES — It’s become quite clear that the rest of the world has turned its eyes towards the United States when it surveys ongoing civil unrest around the world. And how sad is this?  Some countries have had to issue travel warnings due to recent internal protests, but not the U.S. – at least not yet. But it is no coincidence that domestic tension here is in part a product of the disproportionate rate of police brutality towards African-Americans prevails in the United States. Indeed, with the fatal shootings of African American males, Philando Castile and Alton...

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INDIA: Is Free Internet Really Free?

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES — With more than 15 million users in 24 countries, Facebook’s Internet.org, has charmed the eyes of many Indians. The program aims to bring free Web access to the developing world, but because of controversy over the number of websites a user can visit, the project’s been renamed “Free Basics.” Even with the change, this project took plenty of criticism on social media after experts questioned the intentions of Facebook on the grounds of net neutrality. Net neutrality, for those who are unfamiliar with the term, is the idea that Internet access providers should give customers equal access to all...

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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), in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science, and with the internationally influential Pacific Century Institute.

MANAGING EDITORS:
Savannah Nunez
Sabrina Verduzco


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

Senior Writers [Beat]:
Nadia Aljojo
Kate Barkley [Australia]
Murad Basrawi
Emily Carman
Katrina Crosby [Profiles]
Alexis Cruz [Qatar]
Truman Daly
Jacqueline Dilanchyan
Bobby Fretz
Diana Jablonski [Malaysia]
Matthew Lange [Asian Profiles,Anime]
Frances Magsalin [Korea/Kpop]
Aashna Malpani [Feminism in Asia]
Beth McLaughlin
Rachel Oakes
Hiromi Ochi [Singapore]
Dylan Ramos
Fassa Sar [Film]
Tiara Salvabilla
Gloria Santillan [Korea]
Sebastian Segura [Russia]
Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
Nicolas Swaya
C.J. Stone [Japan]
Tommy Sutjipto [China]
Eva Thio [Indonesia]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh & Vietnam]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

Special Correspondent:
Clementine Todorov

Curriculum Coordinators:
Yi Ning Wong, Jennifer Eaton

Video Team Editor:
Momokoo (Yuchan) Deng

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