Author: Yi Ning Wong

LOS ANGELES: JUSTIN CHON’S ‘GOOK’ BRINGS NEW PERSPECTIVE TO HISTORICAL LA RIOTS

YI NING WONG writes — The 1992 Los Angeles riots marked one of the most violent demonstrations of civil unrest in the United States. While the event largely signified the rising tensions between African Americans and LAPD, it also exposed racial contentions between African and Korean Americans. Director Justin Chon’s Gook gives homage to the 25th anniversary of the riots, taking an intense snapshot of several tragic stories from those affected by the racial feuds. The title itself is dual-sided; Gook means country in Korean, but is also a derogatory term for people of Asian descent. Gook’s ambiguous meaning...

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CHINA: THE GREAT FIREWALL STRIKES VPN USERS

China is notorious for its Great Firewall, the looming regulatory force that continues to censor Chinese netizens. The Great Firewall’s next victim is virtual private networks or VPNs. China recently released a statement that all VPN access will be blocked by February 2018. VPN serves as Chinese netizens’ saving grace from China’s Great Firewall, allowing users to bypass censorship and access content such as international media sources.   These actions are all a part of President Xi Jinping’s effort to promote “internet sovereignty.” In other words, the nation’s control over its Internet without foreign influence.   Many international entities...

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CHINA: NETFLIX FALLS SHORT WITH ITS UMBRELLA REVOLUTION ORIGINAL FILM

YI NING WONG WRITES – Netflix Original, Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower, tells the story of young Hong Kong activist, Joshua Wong, as he leads the infamous Umbrella Revolution against China in 2014. Directed by Joe Piscatella, the docufiction keeps its viewers interested, featuring the inception of a student organized pro-democracy party, scholarism, righteousness with the party’s victory against government-proposed national education, followed by a climax involving one of the largest protests toward universal suffrage. The film is driven by the life of a complex teenage hero, Joshua Wong, who struggles to balance a social life, successful academics and Hong...

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LONDON: WPP GOES ALL HIPPITY-HOPPITY OVER ASIA’S MILLENNIALS

YI NING WONG WRITES – Digital content producer, 88rising, gained global recognition when the British multinational advertising agency, Wire and Plastic Products, decided to make a major investment in the company. WPP’s strategic investment in 88rising contributes to WPP’s goal to grow digital content companies within Asian millennial markets. 88rising is a promising investment, rapidly making an impact on millennial audiences. It has uploaded 197 videos on its YouTube channel, and accumulated over 465,000 subscribers in the past year. Although numerous media companies exist in the U.S., 88rising finds success through its dedication to celebrating global Asian culture by...

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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

Executive Editor:
Jay Seo

Website Editor:
Peyton Cross

Curriculum Coordinator:
Yi Ning Wong

Senior Writers [Beat]:
Katelynn Barkley [China]
Caitlin Bostwick [Korean Pop Culture]
Katrina Crosby [Profiles]
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

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