Author: Jay Seo

NORTH KOREA: ONE VERY COLD PLACE FOR RELIGIOUS BELIEF

JAY SEO WRITES – Everyone knows that the first amendment of the US constitution guarantees American citizens the freedom of religion, but that this right is anything but universal. In too many counties, innocent people are being arrested, abused or even killed because of their faith. Rather than ending in the nineteenth century, substantial persecution of Christians is continuously occurring today in different countries. In particular, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea must be closely watched for Christian persecution. According to the advocacy group Open Doors USA, which publishes the World Watch List report on the persecution of Christians globally,...

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SOUTH KOREA: CELEBRATING KOREAN INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT DAY

JAY SEO WRITES – In South Korea, March 1 is Independence Movement Day, a national holiday commemorating the thousands of brave revolutionaries who in 1919 dared defy Japanese military rule. Independence Movement Day is also known as Samiljeol, the meaning of which is three-part: sam means “three” while il means “one” and jeol means “festival day.” Therefore, the word literally translates to “3/1 day.” Independence Movement Day was acknowledged as a national holiday in 1949 as a day to remember the public’s resistance to Japanese military rule at the March First Movement. On that day in 1919 in Seoul,...

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SOUTH KOREA: THE DOG-EATING DAYS ARE OVER

JAY SEO WRITES – Claiming previous laws were so vague as to be unenforceable, a prominent animal rights proponent this summer proposed legislation to once and for all make eating dog and cat meat illegal. It’s traditional among older South Koreans to eat bosintang, a type of dog meat soup, at an annual event called Bok-nal in July and August. Fans believe eating the soup on the hottest day of summer has a cooling effect. And while there is no medical evidence backing this up, seniors tend to eat it as much out of respect for tradition as for...

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MOVIE REVIEW: TOO MUCH ‘SUN’ FOR NORTH KOREA

JAY SEO WRITES – When I first heard about the documentary Under the Sun, I assumed that the filmmaker used a hidden camera to catch a glimpse of the real lives of citizens in North Korea. I was wrong: Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky was permitted by North Korean authorities to film a propaganda documentary – but the exercise turned out to have a surprise ending. Mansky agreed to include only scenes that North Korean authorities wanted to show in the film — the school, the performance stage, the factory, the hospital, and the Zin-Mi’s house. He used raw footage...

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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]

Associate Director of Development:
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

Emeritus Executive Editor:
Lexie Tucker

Executive Senior Editor:
Ben Sullivan

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