Author: Tom Plate

LOS ANGELES: PREVENTIVE FORCE, PREVENTIVE THINKING

America has used so-named drones against enemies abroad (real or misidentified) far more extensively than it has thought through the complex implications of such usage. Now come a mid-course thought-correction, as it were, in the form of a nearly 400-page book that takes on the ethical, political and international law issues of drones from multiple directions. The new book is titled ‘Preventive Force, Drones, Targeted Killing, and the Transformation of Contemporary Warfare’ (New York University Press, 2016). This carefully ordered collection of expert essays was assembled and edited by Loyola Marymount University Profs. Kirsten Fisk and Jennifer M. Ramos,...

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HONG KONG: HOT SPOTLIGHT ON ONE OF ASIA’S BEST NEWSPAPERS

One of the most interesting, and politically pivotal, newspapers left on the face of the earth is the South China Morning Post. Located in southernmost China – in the special administrative district of Hong Kong – the SCMP has stood proudly as a stubborn and delightful outpost of honest, non-ideological reporting about China and the powers that be in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere on the mainland. But since the sale and transfer of the distinguished and influential newspaper from the so-called Kuok Group/Kerry Holdings to Alibaba, the sprawling brainchild of billionaire entrepreneur Jack Ma, a transaction that was completed...

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CHINA: SEA-ING INTO THE FOG OF WAR

TOM PLATE WRITES – Win some – lose some. The Obama administration was shocked and rocked: “We recommend that the United States bring its [raised tariffs against China] into conformity with its obligations.” That, just two years ago, was the sharply worded ruling from an international body whose judgment Beijing roundly cheered. It came out of Geneva, from the World Trade Organization, in which both the US and PRC are members. The WTO had found the Obama administration in violation of international rules with its set of aggressive U.S. tariffs against China importers. How embarrassing! So, what did Washington...

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TOKYO: TIME OUT FOR CATS!

I don’t know about you, but when I travel to Asia and lodge in one of its great cities, such as Tokyo, probably the first print item I reach for after the magnificent Japan Times newspaper is TIME OUT TOKYO. This worldwide chain of urban guides offers the traveler unbelievably accurate and knowing tips as to what is up and where it’s at and so on.  Here is a recent entry regarding an exhibit titled NEKOSEN 2016 that made my fur fly happily: “Does browsing funny pictures of cats online take up a considerable chunk of your time in...

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PACIFIC PERSPECTIVE COMMENTARY: THIS MEMO IS NOT CLASSIFIED!

TOM PLATE WRITES: A long time ago, it seems like a thousand years now, I worked in the State Department, however briefly, with the honor of a formal security clearance. In that role, as a backup speechwriter (I was quite young, but loved the experience, totally respected the careerists there), hundreds of so-named CLASSIFIED documents would wing in and out of my In Box every day. Loving everything about the State Dept. job, I read as many of them as I could. Most of them were bland and barely informative and you often had to wonder why the document...

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ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL STAFF

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)

MANAGING EDITORS:
Savannah Nunez
Sabrina Verduzco

Assistant Executive Editor:
Jay Seo

Website Editor:
Peyton Cross

Senior Writers [Beat]:
Katelynn Barkley [China]
Caitlin Bostwick [Korean Pop Culture]
Alexis Cruz [Qatar]
Adrian Narayan [India]
Miranda Pak [Hong Kong]
Fassa Sar [Film]
Jay Seo [North & South Korea]
Lamiya Shabir [Pakistan & Islam]
Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
Yunfei Suo [China]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh & Vietnam]
Katie Trinh [Vietnam]
Ryan Urban [Singapore]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

Associate Director of Development:
Simon Bleeker

Curriculum Coordinator:
Yi Ning Wong

Special Correspondent:
Eriko Lee Katayama

Senior Researcher:
Clementine Todorov

Emeritus Managing Editors:
Mary Grace Costa
Kelcey Lorenzo

Contribuing Editors Emeritus:
Robert Dylan Fields
Ryan Lippert
James Royce [Australia]
Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]

Emeritus Associate Publishers:
Jeremiah Fajardo
Brian Chris Canave

Emeritus Executive Editor:
Lexie Tucker

Executive Senior Editor:
Ben Sullivan

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

Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Prof Tom Plate

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE:
Gareth C.C. Chang, Gene Park, Tom Plate, Jennifer Ramos, Kal Raustiala, Jeremiah Fajardo, Ben Sullivan, Greg Treverton