Author: Katrina Crosby

UC DAVIS: THE WEIRD CASE OF THE VANISHING COMMUNIST CAMPUS STUDY CLUB

KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – College – it’s the perfect opportunity to either make or join a club with peers who share similar interests. Clubs – they’re such an active part of a student’s social life and allow members to feel as if there is a specific home for them on campus. Except – at the University of California, Davis, that opportunity was blocked for some international students when they tried to put together a Chinese Communist Party club. Earlier this month, a mere handful of Chinese international students came together to discuss creating a branch of the Chinese Communist...

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JAPAN: SCARY HALLOWEEN TRAINS BACK ON TRACK

KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – On one side of you, there is a zombie, and on the other– a futuristic robot. All at once, a sexy cop smiles from across the aisle while she slips back into conversation with Sailor Moon. Where is this? None other than one of Japan’s infamous Halloween trains, back again for the upcoming festivities. Adored by Halloween enthusiasts, while hated by everyday commuters, Japan’s Halloween trains have a notorious history. Dating back to the 1990s, the trains of Osaka and Tokyo transformed overnight into boozy costume parties where Japanese foreigners could come together to drink...

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CHINA: SEXIST STUDENT ‘AUCTION’ AT BEIJING JIAOTONG UNIVERSITY

KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – It looks like the exploitation of students dressed in ‘sexy school girl’ uniforms is not the best way to market a new app, at least in China. Beijing’s Yiweide Culture and Media Company found out the hard way when it offered students of Beijing Jiaotong University dates with beauty pageant contestants. The event began Wednesday, September 20, when contestants from Sohu.com’s Hyou 2017 Miss College competition lined up, ready for auction on the university grounds. The girls had a QR code on their skirt, allowing other students to scan it as they walked by. Contestants...

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NEW ZEALAND: POLITICIANS FIDO-VER VOTES

KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – With Election Day upon us, New Zealanders are encouraged to show off their democratic pride with pictures of “I Voted” stickers or selfies taken at the polling stations, encouraging other Kiwis to come out and make their voices heard. This year, the polling stands looked a little different, with voters including a furrier crowd. The hashtag #dogsatpollingstations lit up social media on September 23, 2017, when the country came together to place their votes for this year’s general election. As New Zealanders gathered to local churches, community areas and schools, they had to choose between...

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SOUTH KOREA: UNHAPPY ENDING TO “HAPPY SARA” AUTHOR

KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, novelist Ma Kwang-soo was found in the depths of his apartment in Seoul, South Korea hanging from his window pane with a scarf around his neck. Police ruled suicide as the cause of the 66-year-old’s death. Ma was a poet and literature professor at Yonsei University. He began by producing poems in 1977, but received most of his recognition in 1991, when his scandalous book, “Happy Sara,” was released. His novel focuses on Sara, a college student, who unashamedly embraces her sexuality, landing herself in situations including an affair with a married man...

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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:
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]
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:
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

Emeritus Executive Editor:
Lexie Tucker

Executive Senior Editor:
Ben Sullivan

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

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Prof Tom Plate

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