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SHANGHAI: THE BUND MAGAZINE

Asia Media International writes – In China there are few magazines more upscale or highly regarded than The Bund. From its main office in central Shanghai, it has become a magazine of choice for middle-class-and-up mainland hipsters. A recent edition featured an interview with Asia Media International editor in chief Tom Plate, who is also […]

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R.I.P. LKY

Lee Kuan Yew, father of modern Singapore, passed away on March 23, 2015 at the age of 91.  Asia Media International Editor-in-Chief Thomas Plate spoke with multiple news outlets regarding the man who helped Singapore grow from a struggling third-world country to a thriving first-world economy. Interviews featuring Tom Plate Bloomberg Business British Broadcasting Corp. Articles […]

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PAKISTAN: Not Just a Pretty Face – Speaking Out Against the Media Image of Pakistani Women

HAIG TER-GHEVONDIAN WRITES – In 1947, during the war of independence in Pakistan, a woman named Dr. Fatimah Jinnah fought alongside male soldiers. After the war ended, she became a national legend. Today she represents everything honored on National Woman’s Day: the bravery, courage, and brilliance of women everywhere. Women in Pakistani media today, however, are only […]

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AUSTRALIA: Pranking Leads to Chilled Speech

KAYLA DE BONDT WRITES – The Australian high court has cleared the way for a Sydney radio station to face charges for an on-air stunt which ultimately led to the suicide of a pranked nurse. In the process, the court backed the power of the country’s media watchdog to identify criminal behavior by media outlets and […]

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IRAN: Spreading the Love One Facebook Post at a Time

NICK ARMER WRITES – While members of the media and politicians of both Iran and Israel continue to preach suspicion and rivalry between the two nations, their citizens have begun a new conversation online. An unexpected campaign for love and respect between Iranians and Israelis all began with a single Facebook post. Ronny Edry, an […]

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SAUDI ARABIA: Precarious Posting

TRISTAN WILLENBURG WRITES – Beware what you click on Facebook. An Indian is under arrest in Saudi Arabia for what he says was simply taking a look at an image authorities have since deemed blasphemous. The rub: To see the photo, the man says he was tricked into giving it a ‘like,’ which then reposted […]

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QATAR: Al Jazeera – Weapon in a Media War

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Qatar provides the headquarters for the international media powerhouse Al Jazeera. While the network claims to be independent, one of their journalists who is currently incarcerated in Egypt, Mohamed Fahmy, claims that they have failed to support him in court because of political differences between Qatar and Egypt. After three journalists […]

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K-POP KORNER: “Make It Pop” or Make it Stop?

KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – The Korean Wave, or Hallyu, will be crashing over mainstream American television through Nickelodeon’s new TV musical comedy, “Make It Pop.” The television network and co-producers Nick Canon and Thomas W. Lynch describe the show as “a comedic, music-infused daily strip about three unique girls who come together to start their […]

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NORTH KOREA: A Slice of Justice?

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – At an event where a peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula was being discussed on March 4, U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was attacked by a knife-wielding activist who demanded the reunification of the two Koreas and expressed opposition to the annual U.S.-South Korean military drills. The assailant, Kim […]

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SRI LANKA: Women Represent!

PEYTON CROSS WRITES- International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s. Since then, it has grown in popularity as more countries have began observing and celebrating it. To commemorate the special day, The Independent Television Network (ITN) organized a special day-long program titled “Liya Waruna.”  According to the ITN News, it featured shows hosted […]

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TELEVISION REVIEW: Orgies + War = Marco Polo

ANNIE LUNDGREN WRITES – “Marco Polo” is Netflix’s newest warfare-meets-orgy saga.  Despite failing with critics, the historical melodrama was greenlit for a second season in January.  Since Netflix does not release ratings data, it is safe to assume that the show is doing well among viewers. Marco Polo showcases Asian culture by following the Italian […]

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CHINA: Stuffing the Duck

ASIA MEDIA STAFF WRITES – China’s school system is recognized as the most rigorous in the world. In an education survey run by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Shanghai teens scored the highest in the international education ranking . After 12 years of dedication, all seniors in China need to participate in […]

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VIETNAM: Wild Salamander Chase

YVONNE EPPS WRITES— When the western world first saw the platypus, they were confused, but curious. Now, whenever we encounter strange animals in the media, we have the same reaction –  but that curiosity is only satiated when those animals are actually real. A man in the northern province of Vinh Phuc named Tung Nguyen […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Last year marked a milestone for the history of animation, as the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) of Studio Ghibli retired from filmmaking after the release of his final film, The Wind Rises. However, this year marks yet another milestone as master animator and Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, […]

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