Author: Tom Plate

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 EXPANDS VIDEO, PODCAST FEATURE DEPARTMENTS

ASIA MEDIA WRITES — Thanks to Loyola Marymount University Asia Media staff initiative, our video department is undergoing ambitious expansion. Please check out https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC187IodwIc6m8Yc0QBXyUfQ/about. The video effort is being led by staffers Deng (‘Momokoo’) Yuchan and Epiphany K.Hulburd. Both exceptionally talented students are majoring in Film and Television Production in the highly ranked LMU FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOL. Explains Asia Media International founder and editor-in-chief Tom Plate: “Asia Media aims to become a robust multi-media platform. Thankfully, we have Momokoo and Epiphany to lead the artistic and technological charge in video. Their initial work on the Asia Media YouTube...

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BEIJING: BBC’S LADY CHINA EDITOR RESIGNS ON EQUAL GENDER PAY INJUSTICE

THE BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. CARRIE GRACIE –Dear BBC Audience: My name is Carrie Gracie and I have been a BBC journalist for three decades. With great regret, I have left my post as China Editor to speak out publicly on a crisis of trust at the BBC. The BBC belongs to you, the licence fee payer. I believe you have a right to know that it is breaking equality law and resisting pressure for a fair and transparent pay structure. In thirty years at the BBC, I have never sought to make myself the story and never publicly criticised...

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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]

WRITING/EDITING CONSULTANT:
Andrea Plate


SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT:
Clementine Todorov

CURRICULUM COORDINATOR:
Evan Sun

Video Team Editor:
Mariel Sosa

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
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