Author: Michaela Mertz

CHINA: SINA WEIBO ACCOUNT, FEMINIST VOICES, CENSORED ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

MICHAELA MERTZ WRITES — The highly followed social media account, Feminist Voices, was suspended on International Women’s Day after initiating a discussion on issues of sexual harassment. The campaign began on March 6, when the account asked users to post their own photos about sexual harassment with the hashtag #March8againstharassment. The Sina Weibo account had more that 180,000 followers, and its posts have addressed issues of sexual harassment in the hope of getting its followers to be involved in the cause. On March 8, the account published nine separate posts, which were viewed more than 170,000 times, to celebrate...

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TAIWAN: STRESS AT THE BEGINNING OF LUNAR NEW YEAR?

MICHAELA MERTZ WRITES – Lunar New Year is typically a time for celebration and relaxation, right? Not so for millions of Taiwanese citizens living in China. The current battle over air space in the Taiwan Strait, located between China and Taiwan, is to blame for the unrest. More than 170 flights that meant to be added to support the massive amounts of travelers headed home for the holidays were cancelled, according to the New York Times. The flights that were intended to be added were supposed to be provided by the China Eastern and Xiamen Air companies. The Taiwanese...

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MALAYSIA: ‘HOW TO SPOT A GAY’ CHECKLIST SPARKS UNDERSTANDABLE OUTRAGE

MICHAELA MERTZ WRITES – Ugly controversy erupted after the release of an article in a leading Malaysian Newspaper reporting on characteristics that explain how one might identify members of the LGBT community. Some of the characteristics included assumptions that lesbian women “tend to hug each other, hold hands, and belittle men,” while gay men are “identifiable by beards, branded clothes, and going to the gym.” This ridiculous article was published in a reputable newspaper known as Sinar Harian, and featured allegedly stereotypical qualities of LGBT people so they can be easily identified. The article sparked outrage from activists, saying...

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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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