Author: Fassa Sar

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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SOUTH KOREA: LEADING FILM ARTISTS BLACKLISTED FOR TELLING THE TRUTH

FASSA SAR WRITES — Korean filmmakers and actors put pressure on President Park Geun-hye to release the names of 9,473 film artists – including film-makers, actors and studio executives – that have allegedly been put on a secret list that would deny them government financial and logistical support for their films. On October 12, Korean newspaper Hankook Ilbo, the sister paper to Korean Times, published a 100 page transcript, containing conversations that appear to be the Arts Council of Korea chairman saying “There is a list [of artists] that should be denied support.” According to Hankook Ilbo, the President’s...

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INDIA: NEW BOLLYWOOD FILM GIVES MISOGYNY THE PINK SLIP

FASSA SAR WRITES – Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s new Bollywood film, Pink, combats underlying sexism and androcentrism within Indian culture. The film points out the misogynist culture that justifies violence against and control of women. The film, Pink, tells the story of three girls, Meenal, Falak, and Andrea, who attend a rock concert on the outskirts of Tamil Nadu and run into a male friend Vishwa and his buddies Rajveer and Anki. The night turns upside down when they begin to drink, and Meenal is raped by Rajveer. To protect herself, Meenal swings a beer bottle at Rajveer, leaving him...

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Fri 20

USC US-China Institute, China: Finding Solutions

October 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue 24
Wed 25

Asian World Film Festival

October 25 - November 2
Mon 30

Chinese American Film Festival

October 30 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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:
Savannah Nunez
Sabrina Verduzco

Executive Editor:
Jay Seo

Website Editor:
Peyton Cross

Curriculum Coordinator:
Yi Ning Wong

Senior Writers [Beat]:
Katelynn Barkley [China]
Caitlin Bostwick [Korean Pop Culture]
Katrina Crosby [Profiles]
Alexis Cruz [Qatar]
Adrian Narayan [India]
Miranda Pak [Hong Kong]
Fassa Sar [Film]
Jay Seo [North & South Korea]
Lamiya Shabir [Pakistan & Islam]
Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh & Vietnam]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

Associate Director of Development:
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Special Correspondent:
Clementine Todorov

Emeritus Managing Editors:
Mary Grace Costa
Kelcey Lorenzo

Contribuing Editors Emeritus:
Robert Dylan Fields
Eriko Lee Katayama
Ryan Lippert
James Royce [Australia]
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

Emeritus Executive Editor:
Lexie Tucker

Executive Senior Editor:
Ben Sullivan

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

Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Prof Tom Plate

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE:
Gareth C.C. Chang, Gene Park, Tom Plate, Jennifer Ramos, Kal Raustiala, Jeremiah Fajardo, Ben Sullivan, Greg Treverton