Author: Yi Ning Wong

LOS ANGELES: ASIA WORLD FILM FESTIVAL REACHES ARTISTIC GREATNESS WITH “A TAXI DRIVER” FROM SOUTH KOREA

YI NING WONG writes — South Korea is largely known as one of the Asian countries that have managed to successfully advance their economy into the developed world, in addition to evolving a stable democracy. However, with this advancement, much of modern society has forgotten the struggles that South Koreans endured to get to this point. The Asian World Film Festival featured and screened the historical-narrative film, “A Taxi Driver” (2017) by Jang Hoon, presenting the work with three accolades. There is no doubt that the film touched the hearts of many in the theater of VIPS from Los...

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HONG KONG: EXPLORING THE EMERGING DRAG SCENE IN HONG KONG

YI NING WONG writes – Hong Kong’s infamous city Lan Kwai Fong is well known for manifesting the city’s bustling spirit into a unique nightlife culture. Popular bars and clubs are only a few feet away from each other, attracting endless crowds and earning the city a reputation as Hong Kong’s entertainment central. Lesser known, however, are the speakeasy lounges interspersed throughout the quieter streets, merely a few blocks away, rejoicing in the LGBT community. In the U.S. the drag cultures has been highly popularized through the reality television show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and has also cultivated an international...

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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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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), and in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science (POLS)

MANAGING EDITORS:
Savannah Nunez

Sabrina Verduzco


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

Curriculum Coordinator:
Yi Ning Wong

Senior Writers [Beat]:
Katrina Crosby [Profiles]
Alexis Cruz [Qatar]
Momokoo (Yuchan) Deng [China]
Diana Jablonski [Malaysia]
Matthew Lange [Asian Profiles,Anime]
Frances Magsalin [Korea/Kpop]
Aashna Malpani [Feminism in Asia]
Hiromi Ochi [Singapore]
Fassa Sar [Film]
Gloria Santillan [Korea]
Sebastian Segura [Russia]
Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
C.J. Stone [Japan]
Tommy Sutjipto [China]
Eva Thio [Indonesia]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh & Vietnam]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

Associate Director of Development:
Simon Bleeker

Special Correspondent:
Clementine Todorov

Emeritus Managing Editors:
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]
Katie Trinh [Vietnam]
Ryan Urban [Singapore]

Emeritus Associate Publishers:
Jeremiah Fajardo
Brian Chris Canave
Peyton Cross

Emeritus Executive Editor:
Lexie Tucker

Executive Senior Editor:
Ben Sullivan

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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