Author: Tom Plate

LOS ANGELES: NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON NORTH KOREA VISITS LMU AND GIFTS STUDENTS WITH SUPER-SUMMIT INSIGHTS

TOM PLATE WRITES – Thanks to an inspiring visit by the National Committee on North Korea, a handful of staffers – not to mention their prof – may have learned more about the intricacies of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea and its regional relationships in two hours than in the length of a semester. Visiting Loyola Marymount University for its annual Board Members confab, NCNK (www.nknk.org) put in a full day of decision meetings in a specially reserved room on the LMU campus, then around 5pm (Friday 8 June) adjourned for a party-reception hosted by LMU’s Asia Media...

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JAKARTA: ‘ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL’ CELEBRATING IN HIGH STYLE

TOM PLATE WRITES – Exquisite food was only the half of it, but what a fabulous half it was. A multi-course lunch at Hermitage in Jakarta (www.hermitagejakarta.com/dining) set the table for Asia Media International’s first mini-reunion in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Loyola Marymount University has a lively and loyal alumni contingent – its largest in all of Asia. Attending with flourish and class and ash were Mr Michael Komala ’13; Mr Dennis Slon, senior vice president, LMU External Affairs, LMU; Ms Elizabeth Soelistio ’17; Prof Tom Plate, Asia Media International Founder; Ms Erisa Takeda ’17; Ms Clara Panella-Gomez, a colleague...

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KOREAN COUNTDOWN: GETTING TOGETHER SURE BEATS STAYING APART, BEATING YOUR CHEST AND PLAYING WITH YOUR RED BUTTON

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST COLUMNIST TOM PLATE WRITES – To appreciate the sageuk drama unfolding on the Korean Peninsula, understand that not just two Korean entities have starring roles in history’s cast but three. The first is the Republic of Korea of the south – developmentally accomplished, politically volatile. The second is the Korea of the north – dead-pool polity, cultish culture. The formal entity is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a UN member-state and diplomatic primate. For the DPRK – the mechanistic, militaristic superstructure- negotiating a de-nuclear deal with the U.S. may prove impossible. But the North...

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LITERARY CORNER: THE PASSING OF A GREAT AMERICAN JOURNALIST

TOM PLATE WRITES — Tom Wolfe, who had little to say about Asia alone but whose novels and journalism had everything to do with how we all live today, on whatever continent, in this messed-up globalized world, was the love of magazine editors. He was famous among them for never being able to say ‘no’ to any editor’s story idea. He was just too nice. But he was also the heartburn of magazine editors because he rarely delivered on any of those ideas. This was not evil or willful but the product of the difficulty he had in disappointing...

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MALAYSIA: THE OLD PRO, A MERE 92, BACK IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

TOM PLATE WRITES — The first thing that must be said to Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his Bersatu party for their stunning ejection of the greedy incumbent prime minister is simply this: Congratulations! Sometimes politics is fiendishly complicated, but in this case it is not. The voters of the Republic of Malaysia have returned to power their former prime minister for 23 years who stepped down voluntarily in 2003, laying claim as the longest-running PM in the history of his economically developing Southeast Asian secular authoritarian democracy. Who is Dr Mahathir Mohamad? He is easily one of the smartest...

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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.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and Executive Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief:
Jay Seo


ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITORS
Aashna Malpani, Yi Ning Wong


DESIGN DIRECTOR
Savannah Nunez


SENIOR WRITER
Katrina Crosby

Staff Writers [Beat]:
Nadia Aljojo
Kate Barkley [Australia]
Murad Basrawi
Alexis Cruz [Qatar]
Truman Daly
Jacqueline Dilanchyan
Bobby Fretz
Ephiphany Hulburd
Diana Jablonski [Malaysia]
Matthew Lange [Asian Profiles,Anime]
Frances Magsalin [Korea/Kpop]
Beth McLaughlin
Rachel Oakes
Hiromi Ochi [Singapore]
Dylan Ramos
Fassa Sar [Film]
Tiara Salvabilla
Gloria Santillan [Korea]
Sebastian Segura [Russia]
Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
Nicolas Swaya
C.J. Stone [Japan]

Special Correspondent:
Clementine Todorov

Curriculum Coordinator:
Evan Sun

Video Team Editor:
Momokoo (Yuchan) Deng

Emeritus Managing Editors:
Savannah Nunez
= Sabrina Verduzco
= Mary Grace Costa
Kelcey Lorenzo

Contribuing Editors Emeritus:

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]

Emeritus Associate Publishers:
Jeremiah Fajardo
Brian Chris Canave
Peyton Cross

Emeritus Executive Editor:
Lexie Tucker

Emeritus Executive Senior Editor and Senior Writing Instructor:
Ben Sullivan

Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Prof Tom Plate

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE:

Gareth C.C. Chang, Tom Plate, Jennifer Ramos, Kal Raustiala, Jeremiah Fajardo, Ben Sullivan, Greg Treverton