Author: Katrina Crosby

CHINA: FCCC CAUGHT RED-HANDED

KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) has been under fire for the past few days and China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has only worsened the problem. To begin with, the FCCC released the results of its annual survey, and members were not impressed. 117 out of 218 of the club’s members participated in the survey this year, causing the results to resemble half of the population. Where only 29 percent of respondents thought the reporting conditions had declined in 2016, the results increased in 2017 to a substantial 40 percent. Additionally, members who were...

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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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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), in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science, and with the internationally influential Pacific Century Institute.

MANAGING EDITORS:
Savannah Nunez
Sabrina Verduzco


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

Senior Writers [Beat]:
Nadia Aljojo
Kate Barkley [Australia]
Murad Basrawi
Emily Carman
Katrina Crosby [Profiles]
Alexis Cruz [Qatar]
Truman Daly
Jacqueline Dilanchyan
Bobby Fretz
Diana Jablonski [Malaysia]
Matthew Lange [Asian Profiles,Anime]
Frances Magsalin [Korea/Kpop]
Aashna Malpani [Feminism in Asia]
Beth McLaughlin
Rachel Oakes
Hiromi Ochi [Singapore]
Dylan Ramos
Fassa Sar [Film]
Tiara Salvabilla
Gloria Santillan [Korea]
Sebastian Segura [Russia]
Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
Nicolas Swaya
C.J. Stone [Japan]
Tommy Sutjipto [China]
Eva Thio [Indonesia]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh & Vietnam]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

Special Correspondent:
Clementine Todorov

Curriculum Coordinators:
Yi Ning Wong, Jennifer Eaton

Video Team Editor:
Momokoo (Yuchan) Deng

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

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Lexie Tucker

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Ben Sullivan

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Prof Tom Plate

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