Author: Elizabeth Soelistio

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 revealing a new side to his personality: Graciousness. In a letter written from Mako Brimob Prison, read to the media by his tearful wife, Ahok explained why he won’t appeal his recent blasphemy conviction. Bottom line: Staying incarcerated lessens the chance for violence between his supporters and opponents.     Veronica Tan read the letter with tears flowing. “I know that it’s hard for you to accept this, let alone for me. However, I have learned to forgive and accept all...

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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Celebrating Indonesia’s ‘Unpublished’ News Photography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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INDONESIA: NEWEST VLOG STAR – PRESIDENT JOKOWI!

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – As one of the fastest growing internet users among its Southeast Asian neighbors, Indonesians never fail to surprise the world with their use of social media. This goes especially for the first presidential vlog of Indonesia’s President, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. On February 4, President Jokowi, one of the many active Facebook users in Indonesia, began uploading 3 video blogs, or “vlogs,” to his Facebook and YouTube accounts as a way to communicate with his people through social media. In comparison to the number of global internet users increasing by 8% every year, Indonesia alone has...

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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), and in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science (POLS)

MANAGING EDITORS:
Savannah Nunez

Sabrina Verduzco


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

Curriculum Coordinator:
Yi Ning Wong

Senior Writers [Beat]:
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]
Tommy Sutjipto [China]
Eva Thio [Indonesia]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh & Vietnam]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

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Simon Bleeker

Special Correspondent:
Clementine Todorov

Emeritus Managing Editors:
Mary Grace Costa
Kelcey Lorenzo

Contribuing Editors Emeritus:
Robert Dylan Fields
Eriko Lee Katayama
Ryan Lippert
Adrian Narayan [India]
James Royce [Australia]
Miranda Pak [Hong Kong]
Lamiya Shabir [Pakistan & Islam]
Yunfei Suo [China]
Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]
Katie Trinh [Vietnam]
Ryan Urban [Singapore]

Emeritus Associate Publishers:
Jeremiah Fajardo
Brian Chris Canave
Peyton Cross

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Lexie Tucker

Executive Senior Editor:
Ben Sullivan

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Prof Tom Plate

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