Author: Asia Media Staff

SHANGHAI: CHINA TO COME OUT SWINGING WITH ‘SOFT POWER’ RE-BRAND

SHANGHAI: China Central Television (CCTV), Beijing’s largest TV network, said it would launch a new global media platform on New Year’s Day to help re-brand China overseas. The new multilingual operation will have six TV channels and a new media agency, the network said on its website on Friday night. Its CCTV News channel will be re-branded the China Global Television Network, it added. China has launched a number of “soft power” initiatives to expand its influence abroad, including other English-language media outlets. Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the new network to “tell China stories well,” the official Xinhua...

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SINGAPORE: IMPUDENT CHILDISH TEEN, OR CLASSIC POLITICAL DISSIDENT?

EXCERPTED FROM AGENCE FRANCE PRESS AND OTHER NEWS ACCOUNTS – A Singaporean teenager who became notorious for profanity-laced attacks on Singapore’s revered late leader Lee Kuan Yew is seeking political asylum in the U.S., his lawyers said Thursday. Amos Yee, 18, a filmmaker turned activist who has been repeatedly jailed in Singapore for his controversial videos, has been detained by U.S. authorities since he arrived in Chicago airport in early December. “Soon his case will be referred to an immigration judge for a hearing on his eligibility for asylum,” Yee’s lawyers Grossman Law said in a statement posted on...

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HONOLULU: JEFFERSON FELLOWSHIPS ANNOUNCED FOR 2017

FROM ASIA MEDIA’S ANN HARTMAN IN HONOLULU – The East-West Center is delighted to announce the 2017 Jefferson Fellowships for journalists.  We hope that ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL at Loyola Marymount University will share this announcement widely with your networks and encourage qualified journalists to apply. The 2017 program will provide journalists an opportunity to explore the policies and approach of the new US Presidential Administration from the perspective of three key countries in Asia Pacific. (ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL EDITOR’S NOTE: The historic East-West Center, based in Honolulu, will be formally honored by the Pacific Century Institute (PCI) on 23...

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RUSSIA: THE PUTIN LETTER TO TRUMP

The following letter, in translation, was recently sent from the Kremlin to Trump Tower in New York: HIS EXCELLENCY DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENT-ELECT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Dear Mr. Trump, Please accept my warmest Christmas and New Year greetings. Serious global and regional challenges, which our countries have to face in recent years, show that the relations between Russia and the U.S. remain an important factor in ensuring stability and security of the modern world. I hope that after you assume the position of the President of the United States of America we will be able – by...

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SOUTH KOREA: MAJOR CONFERENCE AT YONSEI UNIVERSITY

FROM SEOUL, POLITICAL SCIENCE PROF. HANS SCHATTLE ON THE YONSEI UNIVERSITY FACULTY WRITES TO LMU/ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL – “I hope life is good with you at this busy time of year.  I wanted to let you know about a conference (see below) taking place in Seoul early next summer – from June 22 to June 24. “Yonsei University is hosting and accommodation is being provided for three nights, so it’s a nice way to visit Seoul.  Please feel free to share the announcement with any colleagues who might be interested.  The deadline for submitting a proposal is January 31,...

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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)

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Jay Seo [North & South Korea]
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Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
Yunfei Suo [China]
Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh]
Katie Trinh [Vietnam]
Ryan Urban [Singapore]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

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Amber Vernetti

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Austin Zuckerman

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