Author: Lauren Gancayco

MALAYSIA: Romeo & Juliet Gone Very Wrong

Talk about a messy relationship – and she’s got the scars to prove it. “Ling,” a 16 year old, performed sadomasochism in hopes that she might save her boyfriend’s life. Ling heard from her boyfriend’s uncle, Alex Leung, a supposed royal or “datuk” and a sultan, that by depriving herself of sleep, cutting herself and sending nude pictures of herself to her beloved, she would heal her beloved, who she had only known through phone calls and SMSes. And just when it looked like it couldn’t get any creepier, whenever Ling was hesitant to obey Leung’s wishes, Leung threatened her and reported that he had spirits watching her every move. After a month passed, Ling told her father what happened and he filed a police report. Apparently the spirits didn’t see that coming. Go To:...

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MALAYSIA: ‘If a True Love’s Blog Can Break the Spell…’

Nothing says true love more than dedicating a blog to your loved one– at least, that’s what Abil Fikri Ahmad thought (and did) when he created But this isn’t just any ordinary site. This stay-at-home husband created and dedicated his blog for his wife (or dear as he calls her) who has been in a coma for over a year. His wife, Fauziah Muhamad collapsed from an asthma attack and remains in a vegetative state, which she may remain for life. However, Abil still cares for her, the woman he fell in love with at first sight. He continues to blog about her and care for her in hopes that one day she may wake up and know what has happened as time passed. We’ll keep hoping she can see your blog too, Abil. Go to:

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MALAYSIA: Pageant Winner Too White for Asia?!!

Right, or white? Following the conclusion of the Miss Malaysia 2012 Pageant, a new question arose: What defines “Malaysian-ness?” In a way it was sort of funny. Asians (like everyone else) hate stereotyping. And yet some critics of the winner of the crown were upset because Kimberly Leggett didn’t look….er…Malaysian. Or Asian. Or…whatever. Ms. Leggett, who in fact stands as the new Miss Malaysia 2012, is Penang born and a Malaysian native but because of her Caucasian heritage, there was controversy. A silly article by the International Business Times stated Leggett is “too white” to represent Malaysia. Further, it stated that the selection of winners has recently grown more westernized. Of course, for the last four decades Malaysia has been on the steady march to modernize itself without losing its cultural or (largely) Islamic roots. In fact, the Miss Universe Malaysia Organization (MUMO) has spoken out against the critics. MUMO’s national director Andrea Fonseka rightly defended Leggett, saying that there should be no discrimination against skin color because there is no set Malaysian look. Rather, the contestant is crowned because she rightfully deserves the crown and embodies Malaysian beauty. Well said. Go to:...

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Most of us have heard the story of the Runaway Bride, but probably not one told quite like this! Shamini Flint’s fifth installment of her bestselling book series, Inspector Singh Investigates: A Curious Indian Cadaver, goes far beyond the tale of a missing bride, chronicling the mind of a sweaty, plump Indian inspector who isn’t too keen on family reunions or arranged marriage ceremonies. But lo and behold, Inspector Singh is pulled right in to one, from the warm comforts of his home to the crowded streets of India. All is much to his dismay, and hilariously so.After being...

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Leiron Kogoya, journalist, 35, was gunned down on a plane as it landed at Mulia Airport in the independent state of Papua. Kogoya wrote for newspapers Pasific Post and Papua Pos Nabire. At least five gunmen opened fire at 8 a.m in Mulia, injuring passengers as well as pilots, who then lost control of the plane as crashed it into a nearby terminal building. Kogoya was fatally shot in the neck and passed away. The gunmen still remain at large and are speculated to be members of the separatist group Free Papua Movement.Though Kogoya was allegedly not the target of the attack, the international nonprofit watchdog Reporters Without Borders has issued...

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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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