Author: Tiara Salvab

CHINA: OSCAR-WINNING LGBT MOVIE BANNED

TIARA SALVABILLA WRITES – Not much of a surprise, the popular LGBT movie “Call Me by Your name” was banned in China. Although the Oscar-winning movie with a cult-following has top ratings on IMDB, RottenTomatoes, and other movie review websites, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has chosen not to show the movie in their film festivals and cinemas. The film was supposed to have its screening at the Beijing International Film Festival, but was taken off the list, even though homosexuality is not illegal in China. Reuters was the first to claim that it was pulled of the...

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ASIAN FASHION: INDONESIAN DESIGNER’S ‘BACKPACK’ FASHION GAINS ATTENTION WORLD-WIDE

TIARA SALVABILLA WRITES – Dian Erra Kumalasari is a fashion designer from Indonesia. Her line, Oerip Batik, features traditional Indonesian woven fabric and is targeted towards backpackers worldwide. The designs are ready-to-wear, conventional pieces which are different from the luxury, high fashion lines that Indonesian designers have been trying to push into the spotlight of late. Coming from the small rural village of Ngawi, West Java, Kumalasari is currently trying to promote Indonesian batik to the world, while at the same time supporting marginal groups in Indonesia who make a living from traditional weaving. Kumalasari’s conventional and anti-mainstream designs...

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SOUTHEAST ASIA: AXIATA POPULARITY GROWS, SPREADING MUSLIM POSITIVITY

TIARA SALVABILLA WRITES – Alchemiya, the so-called “Netflix for Muslims,” is making a play for Asia. The video on demand (VOD) service is known for shedding positive light on Muslims and Muslim culture. Since its launch in 2014 it has gained thousands of users from 10 different countries and is planning to expand now to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Bangladesh. One of Southeast Asia’s largest mobile operators, Axiata, has formally agreed to bring Alchemiya on its mobile phone platforms in these countries. The platform focuses on spreading positive content about Muslim culture as a repsonse to the rise of anti-Muslim...

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INDONESIA: EXTREMIST MUSLIMS DEMAND BALANCED TREATMENT BY FACEBOOK

TIARA SALVABILLA WRITES – In Indonesia, social media has become the norm of everyday life. People from all sectors of society have a smartphone, tablet, or laptop in-hand. Coupled with affordable data plans, Indonesia has become one of the fastest growing countries for internet use. With a population of over 263 million people in 2017, and almost a quarter of the population having access to the internet, everyone is free to retrieve and share all kinds of information. One of the most popular and important platforms in Indonesia is Facebook. The Islamic Defenders Front, known as FPI in Indonesia,...

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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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