Author: Adrian Narayan

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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INDIA: Women in an Insensitive Society With a Feudal Male Mindset

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES – On Nov. 16, “India’s Daughter” will air at 10 p.m. ET on PBS’ “Independent Lens.” This critically acclaimed documentary originally aired on March 8, 2015 in a number of countries, but was banned from Indian TV.  British filmmaker Leslee Udwin’s film exposes the Dec. 2012 incident of a 23-year-old female medical student who was brutally gang-raped and murdered on a bus in New Dehli. This documentary has captured the attention of many activists, including feminist rights activists Jagmati Sangwan, Freida Pinto, and Meryl Streep. Sangwan commented, “This is sadly symbolic of how our feudal mindset works. The government can punish the...

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INDIA: Social Media’s answer to Shiv Sena

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES– Can online declarations of love defeat real-world violence and intolerance? A few thousand Indian and Pakistani social media users are trying to find out. Connected by a mutual concern about the current state of Indian-Pakistani relations, internet users have been posting photos of themselves and short statements of peace and fellowship on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In recent instances of hate against Pakistan by the Indian far-right regional political party, Shiv-Sena’s imposed extra-legal ban on Pakistani artists, writers and sports personnel has caused an international social media campaign amongst the rising tension between India and Pakistan. On October 22nd, Indian activist...

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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)

MANAGING EDITORS:
Savannah Nunez
Sabrina Verduzco

Assistant Executive Editor:
Jay Seo

Website Editor:
Peyton Cross

Marketing Editor:
Adrian Narayan

Associate Director of Development:
Simon Bleeker

Curriculum Coordinator:
Yi Ning Wong

Senior Writers [Beat]:
Katelynn Barkley [China]
Caitlin Bostwick [Korean Pop Culture]
Alexis Cruz [Qatar]
Adrian Narayan [India]
Miranda Pak [Hong Kong]
Fassa Sar [Film]
Jay Seo [North & South Korea]
Lamiya Shabir [Pakistan & Islam]
Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
Yunfei Suo [China]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh & Vietnam]
Katie Trinh [Vietnam]
Ryan Urban [Singapore]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

Special Correspondent:
Eriko Lee Katayama

Senior Researcher:
Clementine Todorov

Emeritus Managing Editors:
Mary Grace Costa
Kelcey Lorenzo

Contribuing Editors Emeritus:
Robert Dylan Fields
Ryan Lippert
James Royce [Australia]
Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]

Emeritus Associate Publishers:
Jeremiah Fajardo
Brian Chris Canave

Emeritus Executive Editor:
Lexie Tucker

Executive Senior Editor:
Ben Sullivan

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

Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
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