Author: Katrina Crosby

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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THAILAND: THE TRIAL OF YINGLUCK

KATRINA CROSBY WRITES- Thailand’s political stability may be rocked in the upcoming week. With the trial of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra awaiting its final verdict, the nation’s Supreme Court decision could lead to to a divisive emergence of the current political forces swirling under the surface of this otherwise beautiful country. On August 25, the court will decide if Yingluck, while prime minister, is guilty of negligence in the administration of her government’s rice subsidy program that involved massive official purchases of rice at a much higher rate than its market value. The charge against the program was...

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JAPAN: TABLES HAVE TURNED FOR SONY MUSIC

KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – Everyone can recognize that signature disk — its circular shape with its slight grooves and its deep black color. The vinyl record, in all its glory, is a true musical phenomenon. Generations old and young acknowledge it as the pinnacle of music platforms. While older folks find it a nostalgic reminder of their youth, younger listeners claim the sound is simply more authentic. It comes as no surprise why Sony Music Industries will be reopening its vinyl production facilities in Japan next spring. In 1989, Sony shelved its vinyl operations because of the growing popularity...

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TAIWAN: THE TRIUMPH OF RIGHTS CRUSADER CHI CHIA-WEI

KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – On May 24, 2017, Taiwan ignited a beacon of hope for the LGBT community in Asia as its Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. Currently, Taiwan is the first country in Asia to take such a stance. The Court’s ruling was the first step towards officially legalizing same-sex marriage. The Court overturned the traditional definition of marriage stated in the Civil Code, which defined marriage as being solely between a man and a woman. The Court stated in a press release following the ruling that such a preference towards heterosexual couples “is incompatible...

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SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN: COMFORTING THE AFFLICTED, SOME DAY

KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – The young girl sits on a chair with a small bird on her left shoulder, her eyes staring straight ahead. A second chair is left empty beside her, inviting onlookers to reflect on what the statue represents. This particular statue is located in Busan, South Korea, near the Japanese consulate, and commemorates comfort women, Koreans forced to service the sexual appetites of Japanese soldiers during World War II. It is a duplicate of the first such statue which went up in Seoul in 2011 near the Japanese Embassy. The statue’s creators, artists Kim Seo-kyung and...

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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

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