Author: Kelcey Lorenzo


JESSICA LEGASPI WRITES — Indians around the world can turn to the media to see the Diwali celebration in India, but for those living in New Delhi, they can barely see the hands in front of their faces. On October 31, the day after Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, New Delhi was named the most polluted city in the world after smog dangerously intensified due to firecrackers and fireworks used in the celebration. The increased air pollution levels in the Delhi-NCR region reduced average visibility to as close to 200 meters, leading to car crashes and the state...

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KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – K-Pop idols appear to be present in virtually every aspect of Korean media. They’re acting in television and web dramas, hosting and guest starring on variety shows, promoting various brands and products, and even competing in the Korean E-Gaming scene. On November 1, S.M. Entertainment officially announced their very first eSports event, the 2016 S.M. Super Celeb League. S.M. idols Kim Heechul of Super Junior and Byun Baekhyun of EXO will each lead teams of fans and professional players in a League of Legends (LoL) tournament against selected teams of five Chinese pro gamers. Some...

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KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – In this episode of I Hate To See You Go (K-Pop Edition), Han Sunhwa will be departing from big-name girl group SECRET. On September 26, TS Entertainment, SECRET’s management agency, confirmed that the singer/actress would be leaving the quartet after her contract expires in October. Following TS’ official statement, Sunhwa also posted a message to her Instagram, thanking her fans, fellow band members, and agency for supporting her during her seven-year run in the group. 항상 감사한 시크릿타임 팬 여러분들과 응원해주고 격려해주신 많은분들께.. 안녕하세요 한선화입니다 여느 때와 다른, 조심스런 마음으로 여러분들께 인사드립니다. 먼저 7년이란 시간동안...

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K-POP KORNER: PSA – Your Idol Is Not Your Boyfriend

KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – They say that diamonds are forever, but in K-Pop fandom, nothing lasts longer than a good, ol’ (often blown ridiculously out of proportion) dating scandal. From a Western perspective, celebrities dating isn’t a big deal; in fact, it is often expected, even celebrated. But when news of a K-Pop band member dating breaks, the relationship is branded with title “scandal,” regardless of how innocent it may be. Even the slightest speculation of an idol dating can immediately ruin his or her image. Throughout the later part of January, Im Junhyeok, keyboard and vocalist for JYP...

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K-POP KORNER: If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say…

KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – In the past year, livestreaming has become a hot trend in pop culture.  The ability for fans to watch their favorite singers and bands talk and answer questions in realtime is obviously appealing. But while it can create positive interactions between artists and fans, it can also easily be abused.  In late July, Korean Internet-service giant Naver released the “V” app, a livestreaming app that allows fans to watch their favorite Korean idols live. Featuring 23 different artists, the app also includes live-commenting and heart-giving features that both artists and other fans can view instantly....

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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 influential Pacific Century Institute.

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