Author: Elizabeth Soelistio

INDONESIA: GOVERNMENT BLOCKAGE TO END ALL LGBT AND PORNOGRAPHY ON INTERNET TUMBLES INTO IRRATIONALITY AND OVERKILL

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES FROM INDONESIA – This sprawling country, the world’s fourth most populous, is no stranger to internet censorship. However, the consequences of Indonesia’s recent censorship tactics are not only felt by the individual users but also by the community around them. First, there is the censorship of homosexuality and LGBT activities. Here in early January, Google blocked 80 LGBT dating apps from being downloaded in the country. The dating apps were blocked supposedly because they were used to sell underaged boys for sex. However, many have seen this move from the Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Menkominfo)...

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SOUTH KOREA: DEMOCRACY IS BORN IN ‘1987: WHEN THE DAY COMES’

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – “A Death that Cannot be Buried” is written in one of the promotional posters for this South Korean film. But, that sentence is not only a promotion, but a statement of truth when it comes to “1987: When the Day Comes.” Based on the real-life events surrounding the June Democratic Uprising, “1987: When the Day Comes” invites audiences to the experience some of the struggle and sacrifice that South Koreans made to gain democracy. With the aftermath of the 1980 Gwangju Massacre, many student activists in universities resisted under the military dictatorship of Chun Doo-hwan....

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MYANMAR: THE FUTURE OF THE FREEDOM OF PRESS

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – The freedom of the press in Myanmar is in a questionable state. Despite talk of a transitioning democracy, it is unclear whether human rights, such as freedom of the press, will receive the reform needed to become fully democratized. Lau Hon Meng and Mok Choy Lin, a Singaporean cameraman and Malaysian journalist, were arrested in late October for flying a drone near Myanmar’s Parliament building in the capital, Naypyidaw. This arrest also included a local journalist Aung Naing Soe, who was interpreting for them, and their driver, Hla Tin. The group was charged for threatening...

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SOUTH KOREA: A DIVIDED NATION ON TRUMP AND NORTH KOREA

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – To support or not to support, that is the question when it comes to U.S. President Donald Trump’s 12-day visit to Asia. Nowhere is that more true than in South Korea. As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue, many South Koreans have taken to the streets to protest Trump’s trip. But not all Koreans are opposed to this visit, as a smaller group of pro-Trump supporters also filled the streets to welcome The Donald to the country. The pro-Trump crowd were mostly older, and carried signs saying “Welcome Trump” and “We believe...

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LOS ANGELES: THE 44TH LOS ANGELES KOREAN FESTIVAL

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – Home away from home was the purpose of the 44th Los Angeles Korean Festival (LAKF). With more than 500 vendors to join this event, LAKF offered various displays of Korean culture through diverse and interactive activities. There were many performances, cultural events, and food that represented the Korean culture in Los Angeles which opens the way for people to learn more about Korea in America. Check out our video coverage and pictures below. Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) also took part in participating in LAKF while keeping everyone safe. The Deputy Consul General of the...

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