Author: Miranda Pak


MIRANDA PAK WRITES – For the first time since the release of the Pokémon franchise 1996, the games have been launched in simplified and traditional Chinese in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Traditionally, according to BBC reporting: “Pokemon characters’ names used to be translated differently in different parts of the Chinese-speaking world, to reflect local pronunciation.” Pokémon Sun and Moon are to be released for the Nintendo 3DS game counsel, in celebration of Pokémon’s 20th anniversary. Releasing the games in both simplified and traditional Chinese seems to be a good move, but fans, especially those in Hong Kong, are...

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HONG KONG: What Will Hong Kong Look Like in ‘Ten Years’

MIRANDA PAK WRITES – Imagine a Hong Kong taxi driver’s income shrinking significantly because he cannot speak Mandarin. This scenario is one of five short films in the Hong Kong indie movie Ten Years. The local, low budget film visualizes Hong Kong in 2025, “[depicting a radicalized] future in which a National Security Law looms large, the Chinese Communist Party is manifestly exerting its influence, and Hongkongers’ struggle to hold on to their way of life is becoming increasingly futile as they face everything from restrictions on the use of Cantonese to the end of domestic food production.” One...

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HONG KONG: Missing Book Sellers — When will China Fess Up? (UPDATED)

MIRANDA PAK WRITES – The U.S. this week (Feb. 2) joined calls for Chinese authorities to release five Hong Kong booksellers whose main crime appears to have been embarrassing Communist Party officials. What’s proving the bigger embarrassment is that no one doubts it is Beijing behind the kidnapping/detentions. Since October, five people — an editor, two employees, and two co-owners – associated with the Mighty Current publishing house have been “disappeared,” four while travelling abroad and a fifth in what looks to have been an on-island snatch-and-grab. Mighty Current is best known for publishing works on scandals involving Communist...

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HONG KONG: “Cloud” or Not, No Media Outlet is Safe

MIRANDA PAK WRITES – Today, it’s not uncommon for people to rely on cloud or file-sharing services, such as Dropbox or Google Drive, to store documents. A ‘cloud’ is basically a service where people make an account and upload documents and, once uploaded, they can be accessed anywhere on any device with Internet connection. While arguably convenient and reliable, hackers have taken advantage of these services, using them for their gain. Some have taken to uploading malware on these file-sharing services to trap people into downloading bad files and jeopardizing sensitive information. These techniques are usually used by seasoned hackers from locales such as...

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HONG KONG: Alibaba Investing in SCMP Group?

MIRANDA PAK WRITES – China’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba is rumored to be in talks about investing in SCMP Group Ltd, which publishes Hong Kong’s leading English newspaper the South China Morning Post. According to China Daily, Alibaba is trying to expand into the media and entertainment industries. More specifically, the e-commerce entity is “in talks to take a stake in Sina Corp, which runs online news portal and Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.” Since Alibaba is trying to break into the media industry, then it would make sense for Alibaba to take interest in SCMP, the most prominent of all Hong Kong media brands internationally. There are also many other reasons why many people believe that Alibaba is wanting to invest in SCMP. Over the last two years, Alibaba has spent a lot of acquisition money, and media and entertainment has been the major focus. For its parts, SCMP’s owner has apparently been looking to sell for a while because people are starting to become less interested in print media. By contrast, as Alibaba focuses more on media and entertainment, It has also been interested and investing in traditional news media. Value Walk has reported that, earlier this year in June, “Alibaba formed a financial news joint venture with China Business Network (CBN), China’s leading financial newspaper”. It would be a smart and logical choice for Alibaba to branch out into different industries. If it were to invest...

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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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