Author: Asia Media Staff

SILICON VALLEY: INNOVATION ISN’T AS EASY AS IT USE TO BE!

This courtesy of the Wall Street Journal – America’s tech giants are broadening their sights from the digital to the physical world in a bid to expand their influence, and their bottom lines. They promise to reinvent everything from cars to thermostats to contact lenses. Yet in a sign of how innovation is stalling broadly in the American economy, they are finding their new terrain far harder to control than their familiar digital turf. Alphabet’s 58 self-driving cars have traveled 2.2 million miles, but they are still flummoxed by snow. Its high-altitude balloons designed to beam internet to remote...

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SOUTH KOREA: THE GOOD NEWS IN THE BAD NEWS

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR SPENCER H. KIM WRITES FROM SEOUL — Just as we often need Ministers of Bad News, we also need Ministers of Good News. As anyone who knows me knows, I love the book by former U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, “The Arrogance of Power.” The title grabs you, and my favorite quote from the book hits you between the eyes: “… an excess of pride born of power has a way of undermining judgment, of planting delusions of grandeur in the minds of otherwise sensible people and otherwise sensible nations.” My good friend, former U.S. Ambassador to...

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LMU/LA: SKILLFULLY SKYPING SEOUL

Pictured above – in triplicate no less!- is well-known Prof. Hans Schattle of the Political Science Dept. of Yonsei University, one of South Korea’s best and always one of Asia’s top-rated universities. The picture was snapped during a recent Wednesday night class in the Life Science Building on the gorgeous Loyola Marymount University campus. The course is titled ‘Introduction to the Media and Politics of Asia’, taught by Prof. Tom Plate, the founder of Asia Media International. This session on the South Korean news media and its oft-testy relations with the government of the Republic of Korea was conducted...

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AUSTRALIA: WHAT DO AMERICANS THINK?

Asia Media International Founder Tom Plate was interviewed Friday Nov, 4 by the Associated Press of Australia about the coming U.S. national elections Tuesday. The key question was, obviously, the probable effect of a Trump victory as compared to a Clinton victory. Said Plate, a columnist for the South China Morning Post as well as Loyola Marymount University’s Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies: “I decided to formulate my responses tongue-in-cheek. This election has been notable for excessive non-authoritative commentary, among other annoying things. I chose not to contribute to that depressing trend … well, t least to...

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U.S. ELECTION WATCH: WEST-WINGING IT?

WROTE LMU PROFESSOR MICHAEL GENOVESE WITHIN MINUTES AFTER THE 1ST CLINTON-TRUMP DEBATE – It was perhaps not a knockout, but certainly a TKO.  Hillary was the clear winner in a lively and fascinating debate.  On body language and facial expression, Trump looked like a spoiled child, smirking his way from start to finish – not at all presidential.  The grown-up versus the spoiled child debate was partly a result of Hillary’s preparation and Donald’s lack of preparation. And what do you want, a president who wings it or a president who puts in the hard hours of work? Both...

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ASIA MEDIA 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)

MANAGING EDITORS:
Mary Grace Costa
Kelcey Lorenzo

Website Editor:
Savannah Nunez

Associate Website Editor:
Peyton Cross

Assistant Managing Editor:
Sabrina Verduzco

Marketing Editor:
Adrian Narayan

Senior Writers [Beat]:
Katelynn Barkley [China]
Stella Cheng [Macau/Taiwan/China]
Alexis Cruz [Qatar]
Ryan Dao [Japan Sci-Fi/Pop Culture]
Dylan Joseph [China Sports]
Amanda Kretsch [Japan]
Jessica Legaspi [Environment]
Yanisa "Lee" Lelapinyokul [Thailand]
Adrian Narayan [India]
Miranda Pak [Hong Kong]
James Royce [Australia]
Fassa Sar [Film]
Jay Seo [North & South Korea]
Lamiya Shabir [Pakistan & Islam]
Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh]
Katie Trinh [Vietnam]
Ryan Urban [Singapore]

Contributing Editors:
Robert Dylan Fields
Ryan Lippert
Amber Vernetti

Curriculum Coordinator:
Erisa Takeda

Senior Researcher:
Clementine Todorov

Associate Publishers:
Jeremiah Fajardo
Brian Chris Canave

Executive Editor:
Lexie Tucker

Executive Senior Editor:
Ben Sullivan

Executive Assistant to the Founder:
Jay Seo

Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Tom Plate

Interim Steering Committee:
Gene Park, Tom Plate, Jennifer Ramos, Kal Raustiala, Jeremiah Fajardo, Ben Sullivan, and Greg Treverton (On leave)