Author: Lailanie Gadia

SOUTH KOREA: KBS’ ‘XY That Girl’ Gets ‘OUTed’!

A new talk show targeting the transgender community, which invited transgender individuals to discuss their experiences, was cut from programming after viewers strongly voiced their objections. After premiering last week on a midnight time slot on KBS Joy, a subsidiary of Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), the show titled “XY That Girl” ignited an uproar from conservative groups who protested outside KBS, flooded its website with angry postings, and took out newspaper ads denouncing the controversial show. The ads, paid for by various teacher and parent groups, attacked KBS Joy for “fanning gay sexuality” and warned that “children will blindly follow in the steps of transgenders,” according to Asia One, a digital news portal under Singapore Press Holdings. It seems it still may not be the right time to take this societal risk, but the effort surrounding this show is commendable in reaching out to a community of marginalized people. We believe KBS was offering an important public service. Go to:

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NORTH KOREA: Kim Jong-il Is Set for ‘Resurrection’

Although the late leader, Kim Jong-il, died of a heart attack back in December, he is to rise again from the political grave. Early next year his preserved body will be on public display, joining the late Kim Il-sung in public gaze. The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reports the “great leader Kim Jong-il will be preserved to look the same as when he was alive, at Kumsusan Memorial Palace.” His corpse was embalmed with the help of a Russian team right after his passing. The team still continues to visit North Korea to finish the embalming, which is about a month-long process. The public visit to the palace has been prohibited since the country began the preserving process for the body, although the new leader and Kim’s youngest son Kim Jong-un have been reported to have visited there. For our part, we can hardly wait for next year. Go To:

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SOUTH KOREA: Someone Is Actually Honoring Print!

During the late Chosun period (postwar 19th century), newspapers and magazines were fundamental in providing the Korean peninsula with the necessary tools for education and modernization. The influential Seoul-based newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, reports now that six dailies and two magazines are set to be designated cultural properties, according to the Cultural Heritage Administration. Here is the background: The Hanseong Sunbo was Korea’s first Korean-language paper published on October 31, 1883 that shared world news and introduced the sophisticated governments and cultures of foreign countries. Tongnip Sinmun was Korea’s first privately-managed modern daily founded on April 7, 1896 that used the Korean alphabet instead of Chinese letters. The two magazines “contributed to the independence movement against Japanese colonial rule and modernization thereafter.” We are delighted that these publications that played an integral part in Korea’s modernization are to officially be recognized as historic cultural monuments. At least someone is taking newspapers seriously! Source:  ...

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SOUTH KOREA: Cyber Kitty Attacks Major Newspapers

Just days after North Korea threatened South Korean media outlets with retaliation for critical coverage, the databases of two of South Korea’s major newspapers, The JoongAng Ilbo and its sister paper The Korea JoongAng Daily, were hacked into by username IsOne, whose identity is still a mystery. The Korea JoongAng Daily reported that both papers lost article and photo databases, and “the editing system that moves copy was also destroyed, disrupting the newspaper-making process.” Investigators believe the cyber attack was carefully planned, as the hacker left a malicious code to paralyze the computer network through an unusual domain address used only by employees. An unknown code was also found on the website with a message suggesting additional media sites would be hacked. Though they are unsure if North Korea had anything to do with the attacks, investigators say they are not ruling out that possibility since North Korea has openly threatened the country’s media, and speculation remains regarding their involvement in previous cyber attacks back in 2011 and 2009. IMAGE LINK A screen capture of the JoongAng Ilbo’s Internet news site when hacked. A photo of a white cat and the statement, “Hacked by IsOne” with an unknown computer code. For more information, please visit:

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NORTH KOREA: Media Helping Them to Get New Messages

“Illicit” and “smuggled” are two words that could easily describe goods making their way into North Korea. Many products, such as low-cost TVs, DVD players, and other equipment, are being smuggled into North Korea from China. A recent, excellent U.S. State Department-commissioned study, “A Quiet Opening: North Koreans in a Changing Media Environment,” reveals just how much information North Koreans are able to access via such illegal goods. The study is an amazing compilation of research on refugees, travelers, and defectors from North Korea, which includes face-to-face interviews with more than 650 adults in 2010 and 2011. According to the information gathered, North Koreans are gaining access to foreign radios or receivers that are configured to receive banned broadcasts.  According the nonprofit organization InterMedia, however, refugees surveyed tend to come from the North Korean provinces bordering China and therefore do not represent the entire population.  Regardless of who is receiving the illegal products, FreeKorea, a site dedicated to freeing the North of Communism, commends North Korea for the strides its people are making. Alas, this is just the beginning of the struggle. Sources:

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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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