Author: Elizabeth Soelistio

South Korea: The Tale of ‘A Taxi Driver’ and the Gwangju Massacre

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – Despite the cheerful and bright colors advertised on its billboards and posters, “A Taxi Driver” is a film that depicts the serious tale of an unsung hero who helped defend democracy by exposing a military dictatorship’s misdeeds in Gwangju, South Korea. Balancing comedy and political thrills, it helps viewers understand the grim reality of the Gwangju Massacre. Tension leading up to the massacre began after the assassination of dictator Park Chung-hee in late 1979 which sparked hope among the younger generation for political change. Much to the people’s disappointment, Gen. Chun Doo-hwan filled the power...

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INDONESIA: LETTER FROM MAKO BRIMOB PRISON – AHOK SHINES

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – Along with his usual feistiness and candor, former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Purnama is showing a new side to his personality: Bravery and nobility. In a letter written from jail, read to the media by his tearful wife, Ahok has explained why he won’t appeal his recent blasphemy convication. Bottomline: Staying incarcerated lessens the chance for violence between his supporters and opponents. Veronica Tan, Ahok’s wife, read the letter with tears flowing. She revealed that Ahok’s main reason for withdrawing was to keep peace across the nation.   “I [Ahok] know that it’s hard for...

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INDONESIA: CANDLES FOR AHOK – REST IN PEACE JUSTICE IN INDONESIA

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – In early May, the former governor of Jakarta was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to two years in prison. This came shortly after he lost re-election to a Muslim opponent in a hard-fought election campaign. To Muslim conservatives, the sentence was seen as too light. But to supporters of Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, it was an outrage. Though not Muslim, Ahok was no enemy of the religion. His alleged crime came from reaching out to Muslim voters and engaging with them on the topic extremists quoting the Quaran out of context to justify political actions....

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S. KOREA: NEW MOON RISING IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – In a definitive swing of the political pendulum, South Korea has elected Moon Jae-in as president, after his predecessor was impeached. The new, liberal occupant of the presidential Blue House is a lawyer, former student activist, former soldier and the son of North Korean immigrants. Moon has promised to root out corruption in S. Korea’s industrial conglomerates (the head of Samsung is currently on trial for corruption) and to address rising issues of inequality and youth unemployment. However, his views on reopening talks with the north have earned him criticism from some of S. Korea’s...

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Celebrating Indonesia’s ‘Unpublished’ News Photography

This slideshow requires JavaScript. ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – As the Jakarta Post notes in its write-up, it’s one thing for a photo to be kept from publication because it’s not good enough. It’s another when the photo is shelved because the image is too sensitive. In the period from 1965 to the 2000s in Indonesia, that could mean it showed blood, death, religion or simply would embarrass the powers that be. ‘Unpublished,’ a terrific new exhibit of photos culled from newspaper Kompass’ 2 million-plus image archive, brings 100 of these pictures to the public for the first time. As...

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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)

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