Author: Katelynn Barkley

HONG KONG: THE SHAKY ROAD TO PRESERVING DEMOCRACY

KATELYNN BARKLEY WRITES — To protest or not to protest? In Hong Kong, this has become a loaded question. On August 17, Hong Kong’s high court sentenced the pro-democratic, Umbrella Movement leaders, Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Joshua Wong, to several months in jail. The Chinese media has branded the Umbrella movement and its “protesters as ‘traitors’ and ‘trouble makers’ who must be ‘thoroughly eliminated.’” Hong Kong’s threat is real and the government has made it clear that they will no longer tolerate protestors’ actions. Despite the Umbrella Movement’s attempt to hold peaceful protests and establish a new political...

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CHINA: OPINION: International Women’s Day Met With Gov’t Support of … Shopping

KATELYNN BARKLEY WRITES–March 8 was International Women’s Day (#IWD17). And while other economically advanced countries celebrated with lectures, public gatherings and high-profile acknowledgement of the role women play in society, China suspended feminist social media accounts and encouraged women to go on a spending spree. To my XX-chromosome friends: Don’t look to “the next world superpower” to recognize you as fully human any time soon. As Human Rights Watch notes, “Government boasts of equality ring hollow.” Of course, if you’re Chinese you won’t hear that from HRW itself, as the organization’s website is blocked in China. Instead of sober...

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TAIWAN: WILL NATION ‘EMBRACE THE RAINBOW’ OR STICK TO CONSERVATIVE PAST?

KATE BARKLEY WRITES—Taiwan may become the first Asian country to embrace the rainbow, as members of its high court began hearing arguments this week on whether same-sex marriage should be made legal. If it happens, the country’s same-sex couples will have one man largely to thank, longtime gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei. Same sex marriage is illegal in Taiwan, but Chi and his attorneys argue the ban is unconstitutional. In December they got a big win when a legislative committee passed an amendment to include same-sex marriage in the country’s civil code. The pro argument is that Taiwan’s constitution...

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SOUTH KOREA: TRUMP’S THAAD MOMENT

KATELYNN BARKLEY WRITES – Since the election of Donald J. Trump as next president of the United States, the country appears divided against itself. Protesters are in an uproar over the results, closing down freeways in California and marching on Trump Tower in New York City.   The effect has been no less tumultuous on the international front, particularly in regard to U.S.-Asia relations. And one big question is what impact Trump’s election will have on the controversial deployment of the so-called THAAD missile defense system to South Korea.   THAAD is designed to counter any potential missile launches...

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JAPAN: FUNNY ASIAN MEN TAKE OVER THE INTERNET

KATE BARKLEY WRITES – Pens, apples, and pineapples were ordinary items until they came to comprise a PPAP or Pen Pineapple Apple Pen in DJ Kosaka Daimaou’s viral video. Posted almost over a month ago on August 25th, Japanese comedian/DJ Kosaka Daimaou sings about combining fruits with pens in a just-over-one-minute video. Although the viral video seems nonsensical to some, DJ Kosaka represents a section of Japanese humor that is unappreciated, yet hysterically funny. From shock and confusion to delight and appreciation, there are a multitude of reactions from YouTube users who watched Daimaou’s video. YouTuber, Murilo Leme, states,...

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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)

MANAGING EDITORS:
Savannah Nunez
Sabrina Verduzco

Executive Editor:
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Website Editor:
Peyton Cross

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Yi Ning Wong

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Katelynn Barkley [China]
Caitlin Bostwick [Korean Pop Culture]
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]
Amanda Suhartono [Indonesia]
Tommy Sutjipto [China]
Eva Thio [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
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

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Lexie Tucker

Executive Senior Editor:
Ben Sullivan

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