Author: Asia Media Staff


ASIA MEDIA WRITES – On April 6, LMU had the esteemed honor to bestow an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters on United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon. The UNSG gave a keynote address on the morning of the degree conferral ceremony, wherein he gave a short policy speech. Afterward, Ban spoke informally with some distinguished LMU students and professors in the Von Der Ahe Welcome Center. After the short talk, the UNSG posed for a quick photo with Asia Media staffers, Lamiya Shabbir (Pakistan), Sabrina Verduzco (South Korea), and Asia Media managing co-editor, Mary Grace Costa. Please see: Earlier, Ban...

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HONG KONG: Asian Art ‘Game-Changers’ Honored by Asia Society

ASIA MEDIA WRITES – The Asia Society held the 2016 Asia Arts Awards in Hong Kong on March 20 to honor three “game changers” in the contemporary Asian art community. As a leading educational organization and important authority in Asia, The Asia Society has been showcasing the Asia Arts Awards for more twenty years. The prestigious award ceremony recognizes groundbreaking artistic contributions and general excellence of Asian artists, such as Takashi Murakami, Zeng Fanzhi, and Bharti Kher. This year’s honorees included Cai Guo-Qian, Yoshitomo Nara, and Nalini Malani. Cai Guo-Qiang, a New York-based artist famous for “explosion” pieces and events, has...

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LMU: Congrats, Dr. Wang, ASPA Director and Stanford Fellow

ASIA MEDIA WRITES – Stanford University has just invited Loyola Marymount University’s Director of Asian and Pacific Studies, Dr. Robin Wang, to a fellowship with Stanford’s Center for Behavioral Studies. Professor Wang has been selected among many candidates, and the fellowship recognizes her significant contributions to the disciplines of Philosophy and Asian Pacific Studies. Dr. Robin Wang, also a professor of philosophy at LMU, is considered to be one of the most distinguished authorities of Chinese philosophical study. She is the author of Yinyang: The Way of Heaven and Earth in Chinese Thought and Culture, a book that examines...

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PAKISTAN: When a Profession Costs You Your Life

LAMIYA SHABBIR WRITES – At least four media reporters were shot in less than 24 hours, leaving two dead and two injured. M Ilyas Khan, a reporter for BBC in Islamabad, reports, “Police said the motives behind the shootings were not immediately clear.” On September 9th, Aftab Alam, a former reporter of Pakistan’s private broadcaster Geo News, was shot as he was on his way to pick up his children from school. Arshad Ali Jaffery, a Geo News TV technician, along with the news van’s driver, were also shot at, and resulted in Jaffery’s death.  The driver was brought to...

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During the week of 5 October, Asia Media International’s sponsoring university inaugurated its 16th president with a series of gala events. Joining in the warm welcome of new president Dr. Timothy Law Snyder was United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who delivered a gracious video message of congratulations. Ban’s message of engagement parallels the new LMU president’s own stated goal of inspiring the LMU community toward even more imaginative approaches to community and international involvement. The former South Korean foreign minister and career diplomat is known for the eloquence of his belief in the need for more “global citizenship”...

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Weekly Graphic Opinion


Tom Plate says Beijing made a blunder in not settling its maritime dispute with the Philippines out of court, but after years of quietly reclaiming land and building facilities in the South China Sea, its actual position is one of great strength read more...

Editorial Cartoon by Craig Stephens




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)

Mary Grace Costa
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