Author: Asia Media Staff

K-POP WATCH: WHEN KOREA AND JAPAN GET IT TOGETHER, GREAT TELEVISION IS LIKELY TO HAPPEN

EPIPHANY HULBURD WRITES – “Produce 48,” the highly anticipated third reincarnation of the hugely popular “Produce” series, recently dropped some tantalizing tidbits about its upcoming season premiere, now said to be delayed to June. Announced loudly via mike at last year’s Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), the show will be a fusion of the well-known Mnet idol group’s survival program, “Produce 101,” and the “idols you can meet” concept of the popular Japanese girl group AKB48. “Produce 48” invigorates the trainee system for which K-Pop groups are known. It is also the first to allow trainees (i.e., pre-debut K-pop...

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CHINA: JACK MA SAYS THE BIG SHOTS IN SOCIAL MEDIA MUST STOP DUCKING RESPONSIBILITY

RACHEL OAKES WRITES: What do jaywalking, Facebook, and the cure for cancer all have in common? This may sound like the beginning of a bad joke, but in reality these things share a paramount common ground: they could cost (or win) China the modern tech race, and all their national security. The first quarter of 2018, which came to a close just recently, has shaken up the tech world. Now, things will never be the same. To start, Facebook’s privacy leak scandal has put Mark Zuckerberg at the feet of a livid US Congress. The number of users whose...

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INDIA: THE NEW, RAZOR-FAST TECHNOLOGY OF HATRED AND THE URGENT NEED TO DULL THE EDGES

SAUD AL RASHED WRITES – Social media is a relatively new phenomenon, and, due to the fact that it is relatively new, it is not very clear how it should be handled. The matter is complicated by the fact that social media platforms are evolving every day -and sometimes things can go very wrong. Today, information is capable of reaching people instantaneously, as news of events happening in one part of the globe quickly spread to the other side of the globe. As a result, people are able to stay informed, even to some extent in countries or regions...

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DIGITAL ASIA: THE TRICK IS CUSTOMIZING FOR THE CUSTOMER

SAUD AL-RASHED WRITES – That the digital advertising industry in the Asia Pacific hit the $80 billion mark in 2017 is not only exciting, but surprising. To put this into perspective, this amounts to double the size of all the digital advertising in Europe, Canada, Latin America and Western Europe put together. Statistics indicate that the Asia Pacific region makes up 40% of the world’s digital advertising, and it is increasing by an average of 20% every year. Why is this region performing better than some regions across the world? What are the media policies that these countries have...

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INDIA: AND A MACHO MEDIA CULTURE, NOT TO MENTION INDIFFERENT POLICE WORK, DOESN’T HELP

JINFEI CHEN WRITES – According to New Delhi News, President Ram Nath Kovind has finally approved an ordinance to strengthen the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses. In recent years, the number of rapes among young minorities has increased dramatically. According to The Diplomat, reported rape cases climbed 60 percent, to around 40,000 cases across the country in 2016; of these, 19,765 were cases of child rape. This has raised the Indian cabinet’s awareness and led to the approval of the POCSO Act on April 21. The ordinance includes the death penalty for rapists of girls below the age...

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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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