Author: Nadia Aljojo


NADIA ALJOJO WRITES – After being accused of breaching Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act, two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were detained by police in December and have been held in custody since. The two reporters had been working on covering the military crackdown on insurgents in the western state of Rakhine which, according to UN estimates, has caused over 680,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee and seek refuge in neighboring Bangladesh. The UN and the US have categorized this violence as ethnic cleansing, a very serious allegation which Myanmar rejects. Late last year, the two...

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NADIA ALJOJO WRITES – Last September, Instagram reached 800 million active users, up from 600 million less than a year earlier. That sort of growth and following has made the platform a gateway for – and to — the fashion and beauty industry, providing women a chance to express their creativity and reach a large and diverse following. Instagram has connected beauty and fashion gurus from across the globe, giving a spotlight to Asian fashion and beauty influencers. Here are our top five Asian fashion and beauty influencers that are a must to follow on Instagram. Aimee Song Aimee...

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JAPAN: Robots Set to Take Over the World

NADIA ALJOJO WRITES – According to the Pew Research Center, more than 70% of Americans worry about the future of robotics. Based on the results of this survey, few will be enthusiastic to hear that robots are officially one step closer to taking over the world. Case in point: By April of this year, a robot named Erica is expected to become a news anchor in Japan. Erica is created to appear 23 years old, has a mixture of Japanese and European features and is fully capable of holding conversations with humans. Erica’s creator, Hiroshi Ishiguro, directs the Intelligent...

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SAUDI ARABIA: Women Driving in Saudi, Women’s Rights Victory or Economic Ploy?

NADIA ALJOJO WRITES – According to a Saudi Arabian cleric, Saad Al-Hijri, “women have half a brain,” and once they go shopping they, “return with a quarter of a brain, [so] how can she get a driver’s license with a quarter of a brain?” Although later punished for speaking such prejudiced absurdity, the sentiment that women are less than men continues to be prevalent throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This discrimination manifests itself within the public domain through laws and policies. The policy, which bans women from driving alone, is the most notorious policy because it is the...

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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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Jay Seo

Emily Carman, Katrina Crosby, Aashna Malpani

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Nadia Aljojo
Kate Barkley [Australia]
Murad Basrawi
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Truman Daly
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Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
Nicolas Swaya
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Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

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Jennifer Eaton, Evan Sun

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Robert Dylan Fields
Eriko Lee Katayama
Ryan Lippert
Adrian Narayan [India]
James Royce [Australia]
Miranda Pak [Hong Kong]
Lamiya Shabir [Pakistan & Islam]
Yunfei Suo [China]
Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]
Ryan Urban [Singapore]

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Jeremiah Fajardo
Brian Chris Canave
Peyton Cross

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Lexie Tucker

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Ben Sullivan

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