Author: Annie Lundgren

TELEVISION REVIEW: Orgies + War = Marco Polo

ANNIE LUNDGREN WRITES – “Marco Polo” is Netflix’s newest warfare-meets-orgy saga.  Despite failing with critics, the historical melodrama was greenlit for a second season in January.  Since Netflix does not release ratings data, it is safe to assume that the show is doing well among viewers. Marco Polo showcases Asian culture by following the Italian explorer’s adventures in the Mongolian empire of Kublai Khan in the 13th century. The show is reminiscent of HBO’s immensely popular “Game of Thrones,” featuring an early tribal society setting and a “clash of cultures” premise. Warfare, gloomy lighting, murmuring men, kung-fu fighting, and...

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TELEVISION: Fresh Off the Boat is a Fresh Look at the Asian-American Experience

ANNIE LUNDGREN WRITES – ABC’s newest primetime show, Fresh Off the Boat, reminds us that America’s complicated race relations can be funny, too. Set in 1995, the sitcom follows a Taiwanese-American family’s move from D.C.’s Chinatown to a white middle-class suburb in Orlando, Florida, where they learn how to fit in with “mainstream” Americans. The narrator and main character, eleven-year-old Eddie, describes humorous culture clashes and misunderstandings between his family and its non-Asian neighbors. His mother initially tries to fit in with former-sorority moms, while his father opens a cowboy steakhouse to attract white customers. Meanwhile, hip-hop-loving Eddie struggles to...

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CHINA: Wearing a Face Mask to Breathe #pollutionproblems

ANNIE LUNDGREN WRITES- Throngs of urbanites wearing face masks remind the world that Beijing still has not successfully dealt with its pollution problem. Its poor air quality has been under international scrutiny since the 2008 summer Olympics. Smog masks and full-face gas masks made headlines in October when thousands of runners wore them for Beijing’s annual marathon. More recently, fashion models donned futuristic-looking versions on the runways at Beijing Fashion Week. Air quality has gotten so bad that health experts have advised children against playing outside and private schools are investing in “clean air domes” for sports teams and other...

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CHINA: Cleavage – The New Great Divide?

Annie Lundgren Writes: TV viewers in China are using social media to criticize the government’s censorship of cleavage in the new show, “The Empress of China.” After a brief, four-day suspension of the original broadcast, an edited version of the show returned with close-up shots – but only above the bustline. The period drama, set during the Tang dynasty, puts a sexy spin on the story of China’s only female emperor, Empress Wu. The show features beautiful women wearing bodices so tight-fitting their chests bulge. Indeed, high fashion from the Tang dynasty (625-705 AD) often boasted low-cut and high-waisted...

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Move Over Comic Con, Make Room for Hello Kitty Con

ANNIE LUNDGREN WRITES – Forty never looked so cute. Last month, 25,000 people celebrated Hello Kitty’s birthday at the first-ever “Hello Kitty Con” held 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 stuck out like a sore thumb with my blue shirt, leggings, and boots, but joined the crowd to watch a dancer pantomime with moving images projected on a screen behind her to Avril Lavigne’s robotic-sounding single – wait for...

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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 influential Pacific Century Institute.

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