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CHINA: ELITE NEWSPAPER RAISES TORTURE QUESTION

Following courtesy of Agence France-Presse: Forced confessions through torture are not rare in China, the leading English-language newspaper of China said yesterday, a rare admission by state-run media of deep-seated flaws in the justice system after a teenager executed for murder 18 years ago was cleared.   “It has not been rare for higher authorities […]

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JAPAN: WHY ROOT FOR FAILURE?

The following syndicated column by Asia Media Founder Tom Plate appeared Monday 15 Dec. in the South China Morning Post of Hong Kong: There will be little rejoicing over this weekend’s Japanese election. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remains leader of his party and his country, but who can imagine him winning a single popularity contest […]

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SOUTHEAST ASIA: UPTICKS AND DOWNDRAFTS

Asia Media International Founder Tom Plate writes in his syndicated column: History never comes to a halt but snakes its way into the future as it wishes – often in unexpected and sometimes tragic ways. Whether via revolution or counter-revolution, any abrupt change in citizen participation and political structure will shove nations onto trajectories that, […]

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CHINA: Dumb and Dumber?

SYNDICATED COLUMNIST TOM PLATE WRITES: Perhaps the so-called US “pivot” to Asia is an immense self-delusion; perhaps America is hopelessly glued to its 20th-century past – yes, the oft-labelled American century; and so perhaps this Western “world power” is in effect emotionally handicapped – unable to prioritise geographically and always needing to have it all: […]

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Eriko Lee Katayama

LOS ANGELES: ERIKO LEE KATAYAMA, OUR QUEEN!

LMU ’13 and former Asia Media student Eriko Lee Katayama was crowned Miss Asia America at the gala 2014 pageant held at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in southern California. A large swath of Asia Media International Magazine staffers were present to cheer on this remarkable young LMU alumnus – and exult in her […]

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BEIJING SUMMIT: THE WORLD’S TOUGH TASK

(Reprinted from various newspapers in Asia)  TOM PLATE WRITES: If our future is not to be dulled by the dead weight of the past, then a clear-headed prioritisation of the issues of the 21st century needs to be undertaken. This means keeping Asia – and thus China – in the top spot of the global […]

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MEDIA POWER: DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD

BY TOM PLATE, COURTESY OF THE JAPAN TIMES OF TOKYO — Benjamin C. Bradlee, who has died at 93, was a far more thoughtful editor than he appeared to be. Sure, the Harvard graduate and friend of John F. Kennedy was well caricatured by the virtuoso stage and screen actor Jason Robards in the 1976 […]

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Hong Kong protest in late September.

HONG KONG: SQUEEZING THE JOURNALISTS

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL WRITES: As the compellingly dramatic protests in Hong Kong intensify, some reporters have been caught in the melee. But for Hong Kong’s journalists, there is more at stake than run-ins with the riot police. The following timely and incisive article on this issue appears courtesy of the respected and influential Committee to […]

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Thaksin Thai Edition

THAILAND: POLITICIAN ATTACKS THAKSIN ‘GIANTS’ BOOK

THAILAND’S LEASDING ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER BANGKOK POST REPORTS: “A former MP has filed a lese majeste complaint against Thaksin Shinawatra and two other people, as well as Matichon Plc, in connection with a translated book. ‘Jub Khao Kui Thaksin Shinawatra’ has been available in the local market for more than two years. “Watchara Phetthong, a […]

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NEW CHINA BOOK: The Straits Times Review

ASAD LATIF, WRITING FOR THE STRAITS TIMES, SINGAPORE – The veteran American journalist Tom Plate’s writings on Asia have contributed significantly to raising the region’s profile in his home country. His books on Asian leaders such as Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Dr Mahathir Mohamad sought to explain the reasons for their prominence in political […]

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HONG KONG: SPLITTING DIFFERENCES, MOVING FORWARD

THIS SYNDICATED COLUMN ON POLITICAL TURMOIL IN HONG KONG WAS PUBLISHED 8 SEPTEMBER IN THE ‘SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST’, HONG KONG’S LEAD NEWSPAPER. A VERY SIMILAR VERSION WAS PUBLISHED 10 SEPTEMBER IN ‘CHINA DAILY’, THE LEADING ENGLISH-LANGUAGE DAILY OF CHINA: “Hong Kong is one of the world’s great metropolises, most travelers concur, and China sports […]

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MANDARIN: A JOKE FROM CONAN

CONAN O’BRIEN JOKED ON HIS LATE-NIGHT SHOW ABOUT A TRUE NEWS STORY – “An English-speaking man went into a coma and came out speaking only Mandarin Chinese. It’s a true story. On the bright side, now he can find work.” We LIKE!

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LIFE LESSONS: NEVER GIVE UP!

The following column by Tom Plate appeared in the well-known newspaper KOREA TIMES of Seoul on 4 September: LOS ANGELES ― Life can make for strange but true comparisons. Here are three public figures for whom I have great admiration. On the surface they have very little in common except that they just never give […]

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