Author: Asia Media Staff

LONDON AND MALAYSIA: IF THE SHOES FIT WITH CELEBRITY BLING, THEY MAY JUST BE CHOOS

HRIPSIME MARTIROSYAN WRITES – Over the last few years, Datuk Jimmy Choo Yeang Keat OBE has continued to design high quality shoes for women across the world. Choo’s designs always have celebrities drooling for products that scream class, elegance, and opulence. Through his company, Jimmy Choo Ltd., he has created the most iconic and classy accessories brand. With Jimmy Choo at the center of creative innovations within the company, the production ethos focuses on a range of high-end products, including sunglasses and handbags, alongside beautiful women’s shoes worn by the “who’s who” in the fashion industry. Despite currently living...

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NORTH KOREA: WILL RI SOL JU PROVE HER HUSBAND’S SOFT-POWER SECRET WEAPON?

JINGFEI CHEN WRITES – According to all news reports, North Korean President Kim Jong-Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju listened happily to a K-Pop concert performed by a group of South Korean singers in Pyongyang. The concert lasted more than two hours, after which time Kim Jong-Un enthusiastically applauded the performing band “Red Velvet” and was, in his own words, “deeply moved.” However, the dance performed by Red Velvet was different from its original edition. It had been revised for a North Korean political atmosphere. “Inappropriate” movements such as deep squats and twerking were eliminated. Ri Sol Ju,...

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LOS ANGELES: WHY SAVING THE VA FROM TRUMP’S NOMINEE IS THE RIGHT MEDICINE FOR OUR WOUNDED VETERANS

ANDREA PLATE WRITES – What’s the big deal about Dr Ronny L. Jackson, President Trump’s embattled nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs? It’s obvious, if the allegations are true. They include: creating a hostile work environment. Drinking excessively on the job. Prescribing and dispensing medications inappropriately, to his own staff, mostly on trips overseas (meds to wind down, then to perk up over torturous time zone changes). Such allegations, if true, would be horrific in any work environment, but perhaps nowhere worse than the Department of Veterans Affairs. For fourteen-and-a-half years, I was a social worker at the West...

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HONG KONG: THE COLD WIND IN THE EAST PREFIGURING A NEW COLD WAR

Pix shows author and Harvard Fellow William H. Overholt at an LMU reception for his book at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Los Angeles. TOM PLATE WRITES — The American general and statesman Colin Powell, at his secretary of state confirmation hearing years ago, bluntly told Congress: “China is not an enemy, and our challenge is to keep it that way.” But America always needed China’s help – and now it needs it more than ever. Things below the bilateral surface look ominous and many of us are bracing ourselves for a big chill in the next jarring...

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SOUTH KOREA: TRUE WITCH, REALLY? OR JUST A POLITICAL WITCH HUNT?

TABITHA THEARD WRITES — After a year-long trial, former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 24 years in prison. She was charged with bribery, abuse of power, and coercion in a case involving multiple business and political elites. Park was dismissed from office during her second term last March and was replaced by President Moon Jae-in—a Democratic president who won by 41.08 percent during the elections. Supporters of Park, including the conservative Saenuri Party, were devastated about Park’s ousting. Many took to the streets and demanded her release, claiming that her trial was a political witch hunt....

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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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