Author: Fassa Sar

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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FILM:  HOLLYWOOD’S TAKE ON KHMER ROUGE

FASSA SAR WRITES – Films that are bold enough to retrace the disheartening memories of those who died and survived during authoritarian regimes, civil wars and genocide expose the silenced wounds of history. “First They Killed My Father,” directed by Angelina Jolie and produced by legendary cambodian filmmaker, Rithy Panh, debuted on Netflix (U.S.) on September 16th. This movie tells a powerful story about Cambodia’s brutal communist regime, Khmer Rouge, unfolded through the eyes of a child, Loung Ung. Adapted from human rights activist, Loung Ung’s memoir, “A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers,” the film tackles the challenge of accurately...

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VIRTUAL ASIA: THE GROWING MARKET REALITY OF DYNAMIC VR

FASSA SAR WRITES – Did we in the West think that Virtual Reality (VR) crashed and burned months ago? it is quite the opposite in Asia. VR has taken that huge market by storm and offered consumers in the Asia-Pacific region various easy-ways to enjoy this brilliant new technology. Consumers are getting more access to both hardware and software at less expensive costs. For example, in China alone there are over 100,000 internet cafes offering VR sessions for just a few dollars. In comparison to countries such as America, where the market has been struggling to produce an enjoyable...

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USA: TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION BAN CREATES CHAOS IN HOLLYWOOD

FASSA SAR WRITES – Hollywood Award Season jitters are not the only thing that some international nominees are worrying about.   On Friday, January 29th, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order to stop all refugee arrivals for four months – and Syrian arrivals indefinitely and visa holder arrivals for 90 days.   Trump’s executive order states that Muslims traveling to the US from parts of the Middle East and north Africa including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen will not be allowed. Trump stated that his executive order was a means for “extreme vetting” geared...

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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]

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Jeremiah Fajardo
Brian Chris Canave
Peyton Cross

Emeritus Executive Editor:
Lexie Tucker

Executive Senior Editor:
Ben Sullivan

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Prof Tom Plate

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