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UAE: Flipping the Bird Could Cost You

ALESSANDRA DALY JOHNSON WRITES- Be careful about what emojis you use in the United Arab Emirates. Earlier this May, a middle finger emoji was announced as part of a new Microsoft update, Windows 10, which will be released later this summer.  While this offensive emoji could be mistaken for an upside-down popsicle, it is clearly […]

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BANGKOK — The commander of the Thai Army has charged former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra with lese majeste for allegedly defaming the monarchy in a recent interview with a foreign news agency. Gen. Udomdet Sitabutr assigned an officer from the staff judge advocate corps to file the charge on his behalf yesterday, said one of […]

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LMU/LOS ANGELES: ‘Interactive International’ Seminars Launched

Asia Media Writes — This past spring semester, LMU competed three live interactive seminars with Fudan University in Shanghai, as well as a media workshop with China Daily, the English language daily in Beijing with the largest circulation in the world’s most populous nation. The Fudan series was conducted in collaboration with Prof. Doug Young […]

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Bill Hayton, THE SOUTH CHINA SEA (Yale University Press) – astonishing reportage, deep and thorough and convincing … Orville Schell and John DeLury, WEALTH AND POWER (Random House) – understanding China’s mentality via beautifully written portraits of leading figures through history … Sheila A.Smith, INTIMATE RIVALS (Columbia University Press) – Japan made simple and complex: […]

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AWARDS: Staff Writer Yvonne Epps Wins Big!

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL WRITES – Staff writer Yvonne Epps accepted the Loyola Marymount University Writing Award for First Place in the Journalism-News category on April 23.  Read her award winning article, Vietnam: A Step in the Right Direction for Social Media Freedom, here!  Congratulations, Yvonne!

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INDONESIA: Overcoming Adversity One Step at a Time

MICHELLE VARINATA WRITES – Picture a world of rainbows , puppy dogs and smiling children running through rose-scented gardens. Sure, it’s a dream. But for some, even imagining such a scene could prove impossible, so harsh is their reality. As one of the world’s most family-oriented societies, Indonesia prioritizes family as a cultural institution. While […]

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ASIA MEDIA STAFF WRITES – As interracial marriages are increasing every year in America, Chinese women are getting more attention in the interracial marriage pool.  American men can’t seem to get enough of their exotic, cute, and sweet image.  However, American’s love of Chinese women may lead them into dealing with something they are not so familiar […]

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JAPAN: The Pen is Mightier than the Government

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – Stop to think about what it means to live in a democracy and freedom of the press will likely come to mind. Journalists being able to speak out about societal wrongs is vital to improving society and expanding the minds of the people they serve. But what happens when the government […]

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JAPANESE POLITICAL ART: Pussy Riot, Non-Russian Style

MIA MARTIN WRITES – A Japanese artist has pleaded not guilty to obscenity charges for allegedly selling 3D images of her vagina. Megumi Igarashi, 43, doesn’t deny she distributed the material, but in the trial that got underway this week insisted it’s not obscene. Instead, Igarashi, aka Rokudenashiko (“good for nothing girl” or “absurd girl”), […]

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SINGAPORE AND ASIA PACIFIC: Cybercrime – No Ski Mask Necessary

AMBER VERNETTI WRITES — Remember the scenario of a notorious masked bandit snatching an old lady’s purse, only to get caught/intercepted by police or a helpful stranger? While occurrences like this still exist in today’s world, crime has evolved with the times and has entered the digital age. The recent Symantec Internet Security Threat Report […]

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NORTH KOREA: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES- Only in North Korea would a national leader claim to have climbed the highest mountain in the country, take a picture (in which he looks neither tired nor properly equipped to accomplish such a task), and then describe such an accomplishment as if he just had a profound religious experience. Could this […]

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VIETNAM: Of Progressive Leaps and Jagged Passes

YVONNE EPPS WRITES— Vietnam has come a long way since the start of the year. We’ve seen major progress with the acceptance of social media and dips with press freedom, but the road is still jagged and, if they don’t watch their step, they might end up hurt. The Economist reported that social media is now […]

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QATAR: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Qatar’s proposal to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup was overly ambitious from the outset. They needed massive funds to build new cities just to house new stadiums. In the beginning, Qatar appeared to have money to burn due to a lucrative oil market.  Nevertheless, the country has recently undergone financial issues, […]

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PAKISTAN: Big Brother Strikes Again?

HAIG TER-GHEVONDIAN WRITES – Since the controversial imam Abdul Aziz’s refusal to openly denounce the murder of 134 children in the Peshawar Army School in Pakistan by the Taliban, the Pakistani Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has begun cracking down on terrorist propaganda on social media. A new cyber-crime bill introduced to the Pakistani Parliament has stirred […]

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