Author: Fassa Sar

FILM: BLACK PANTHER GRASPS HEARTS IN ASIA

FASSA SAR WRITES – “Black Panther” tops box offices, at this point running ahead of “Avatar,” the Star Wars franchise, “Jumanji” and countless other titles in sales. There is an old standing conception that mass audiences do not want to see black narratives with a majority black cast. In order for a story like “Black Panther” to do well, it must contain at least one white protagonist. However this myth is fast losing all credibility as Black Panther crosses the $1.1 Billion mark worldwide mid-march. Marvel’s hit movie starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan sold close...

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FILM: AMAZON AND NETFLIX TURN INDIA INTO A HUGE CREATIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR ITS BEST YOUNG TV AND MOVIE TALENTS

FASSA SAR WRITES – Amazon and Netflix are now battling it out to gain the eyeballs of millions of Indian television viewers. These two company giants are moving away from the traditional Hollywood strategy where television and film are created for American audiences with the hope they catch some international viewers too. Netflix and Amazon, instead, are prioritizing development of television series that cater to multiple global groups, putting a lot of focus on India. Amazon Prime Video are producing more than 20 original series in India, which is by far the most amount of shows the company has...

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FILM: WHOEVER SAID INDIA HAS NO SENSITIVE MALES?

FASSA SAR WRITES – Arunachalam Murugunatham’s community once even labeled him a pervert when he decided to create a low-cost sanitary pad for women in rural India. He noticed that the women’s menstrual cycles were considered so taboo, it led to women using old rags, sand, leaves and even ash as substitutes for feminine hygiene. Murugunatham researched how sanitary pads were made for two years.  He asked his wife to help with his research by providing used sanitary pads, but he then realized “It took too long to wait each month for new results.” Murugunatham then asked his sister...

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HOLLYWOOD:  THE SICK ‘GAME OF MOANS’ GOES INTERNATIONAL

FASSA SAR WRITES – This is a story of how the mighty have fallen. It has been about a month since a myriad of actresses confronted Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein on how he raped, sexually assaulted, and harassed them for decades. Over 78 courageous women, including Angelina Jolie, Rose Mcgowan, Ashley Judd, went to the media about their encounters with Weinstein. Following the allegations, he was immediately fired from Weinstein Co. by his own company’s Board of Directors, and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences indefinitely. Weinstein’s alleged offenses have permeated Los Angeles, New York,...

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CHINA: IGNORANT, OUTRAGEOUS EXHIBIT COMPARES AFRICAN ANIMALS TO PEOPLE

FASSA SAR WRITES – A Chinese museum pulled an exhibit that overtly compares African tribespeople to animals. This exhibit went viral after a video posted on instagram showed expressions of Chinese art lovers admiring photographs of African people next to lions, apes, cheetahs and countless other “wild” safari animals. The purpose of the exhibit followed the Chinese idiom ‘outward appearance, follows inner reality.” The video that went viral displayed a caption, “China put pictures of a particular race next to wild animals why? Are they the only race to have impoverished looking people?” The exhibit, “What is Africa,” held...

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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 internationally influential Pacific Century Institute.

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Kate Barkley [Australia]
Murad Basrawi
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Truman Daly
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Beth McLaughlin
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Fassa Sar [Film]
Tiara Salvabilla
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Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
Nicolas Swaya
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Eriko Lee Katayama
Ryan Lippert
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James Royce [Australia]
Miranda Pak [Hong Kong]
Lamiya Shabir [Pakistan & Islam]
Yunfei Suo [China]
Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]
Katie Trinh [Vietnam]
Ryan Urban [Singapore]

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