Author: Asia Media Staff

MYANMAR: THE MEDIA MYSTERY OF AUNG SAN SUU KYI

From the independent news and opinion site The Irrawaddy, ALEX LAZAR WRITES: Aung San Suu Kyi is treating the press in Myanmar poorly, and that may impede her efforts to democratize the conflict-wrought country. But is Suu Kyi’s apparent authoritarian streak mere caution? Expanding civil liberties too forcefully could bait the former junta into retaking full control of the Southeast Asian nation, setting back the cause of liberty and democracy. Prior to becoming Myanmar’s State Counselor—the de-facto head of government—Suu Kyi was considered a hero among Western democrats due to her role as a leader during the 1988 uprisings...

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UNITED NATIONS: VETERAN WOMAN JOURNALIST GIVEN TOP GLOBAL INFORMATION POSTING

COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK TIMES…WRITES SOMINI SENGUPTAAUG: The United Nations HAS named Alison Smale, a veteran correspondent and editor at The New York Times, as its most senior official in charge of shaping the 193-member organization’s global public image. As the next under secretary general for global communications, Ms. Smale, 62, will join the cabinet of the United Nations’ top leader, Secretary General António Guterres, and be among a small circle of influential women around him. Mr. Guterres has been under enormous pressure to show that he can deliver gender equity in the leadership of the United Nations....

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ASIA MEDIA, LOS ANGELES: JAY SEO PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Asia Media International, based at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, is happy to announce that Ms. Jay Seo LMU ’17 has been promoted to Executive Editor after serving six months as assistant executive editor. She was a political science major at LMU and aims to get her law degree in a few years. Founder and Editor in Chief Tom Plate, a professor at LMU, and the entire Asia Media staff congratulated Jay at its regular fortnight summer staff meeting Wednesday 9 August at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey Los Angeles. Ms Seo is bilingual...

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MEDIA EXCELLENCE: THE GLOBAL COMMENTARY OF WORLD POST’S NATHAN GARDELS

EDITOR’S NOTE: Probably the most inclusive and sophisticated weekly take on global political trends (not just Asia’s) appears regularly in WORLD POST (http://www.theworldpost.com) under the pen of Nathan Gardels, one of America’s best informed and most sophisticated global commentators. Here, for example, is his take for the weekend of 5-6 August. FROM NATHAN GARDELS, Editor-in-chief of WORLD POST: John Adams, the second American president, famously warned that without constitutional constraints on the power of popularly elected governments, “democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”...

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SINGAPORE: STRAIGHT FROM FACEBOOK TO FAMILY FEUD CONTINUED

WRITES BHAVAN JAIPRAGAS OF THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST — The eldest son of Lee Hsien Yang – the estranged younger brother of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong – has defied an official order by the Singapore government’s lawyers to issue a public apology for a Facebook post about their family feud deemed to be an attack on the Lion City’s judiciary and a contempt of court offence. The latest development – which could potentially lead to criminal proceedings being initiated against 32-year-old Li Shengwu – threatens to end a truce of sorts between the premier and his...

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Asia Media International 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:
Savannah Nunez
Sabrina Verduzco

Executive Editor:
Jay Seo

Website Editor:
Peyton Cross

Curriculum Coordinator:
Yi Ning Wong

Senior Writers [Beat]:
Katelynn Barkley [China]
Caitlin Bostwick [Korean Pop Culture]
Katrina Crosby [Profiles]
Alexis Cruz [Qatar]
Adrian Narayan [India]
Miranda Pak [Hong Kong]
Fassa Sar [Film]
Jay Seo [North & South Korea]
Lamiya Shabir [Pakistan & Islam]
Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
Yunfei Suo [China]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh & Vietnam]
Katie Trinh [Vietnam]
Ryan Urban [Singapore]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

Associate Director of Development:
Simon Bleeker

Special Correspondent:
Eriko Lee Katayama

Senior Researcher:
Clementine Todorov

Emeritus Managing Editors:
Mary Grace Costa
Kelcey Lorenzo

Contribuing Editors Emeritus:
Robert Dylan Fields
Ryan Lippert
James Royce [Australia]
Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]

Emeritus Associate Publishers:
Jeremiah Fajardo
Brian Chris Canave

Emeritus Executive Editor:
Lexie Tucker

Executive Senior Editor:
Ben Sullivan

Executive Assistant to the Founder and Editor-in-Chief:
Jay Seo

Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Prof Tom Plate

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE:
Gareth C.C. Chang, Gene Park, Tom Plate, Jennifer Ramos, Kal Raustiala, Jeremiah Fajardo, Ben Sullivan, Greg Treverton