Author: Elizabeth Soelistio

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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INDONESIA: SWIPE RIGHT FOR AYOPOLIGAMI DATING APP

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – Sure, Tinder and OKCupid are good for finding a mate. But what if you’re after mates, plural? To make up for the lack of polygamy features in most dating websites and mobile apps, Lindu Pranayama created AyoPoligami which literally translates to “Let’s do polygamy.” Since AyoPoligami launched in April, it has attracted more than 56,000 users and the accompanying mobile app has been downloaded more than 10,000 times. An explosion of fake user accounts and of men using the site without their first wife’s consent led Pranayama to temporarily shut down the service, but a...

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INDONESIA: FOREVER HAUNTING – THE GHOST OF 1965 ANTI-COMMUNIST MASSACRE

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – It has been 52 years, yet the ghost of the 1965 anti-communist massacre continues to haunt Indonesia. Today, communism remains one of Indonesia’s most sensitive topics. Not only is there little effort from the government to confront its darkest part of history, but also, recent fake news cases have propagated the spread of another rise in communism across the nation. As one of the fastest growing internet users, Indonesians have been experiencing an increase in cases of fake news. The well-known online syndicate, Saracen, had allegedly spread fake news and hate speech propaganda for profit,...

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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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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:
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Executive Editor:
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Senior Writers [Beat]:
Katelynn Barkley [China]
Caitlin Bostwick [Korean Pop Culture]
Katrina Crosby [Profiles]
Alexis Cruz [Qatar]
Momokoo (Yuchan) Deng [China]
Diana Jablonski [Malaysia]
Matthew Lange [Asian Profiles,Anime]
Frances Magsalin [Korea/Kpop]
Aashna Malpani [Feminism in Asia]
Hiromi Ochi [Singapore]
Fassa Sar [Film]
Gloria Santillan [Korea]
Sebastian Segura [Russia]
Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
C.J. Stone [Japan]
Amanda Suhartono [Indonesia]
Tommy Sutjipto [China]
Eva Thio [Indonesia]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh & Vietnam]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

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Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]
Katie Trinh [Vietnam]
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