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CHINA: Wearing a Face Mask to Breathe #pollutionproblems

ANNIE LUNDGREN WRITES- Throngs of urbanites wearing face masks remind the world that Beijing still has not successfully dealt with its pollution problem. Its poor air quality has been under international scrutiny since the 2008 summer Olympics. Smog masks and full-face gas masks made headlines in October when thousands of runners wore them for Beijing’s […]

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PAKISTAN: Sentenced to Death for Sharing

HAIG TER-GHEVONDIAN WRITES – Pakistan’s flag is comprised of the colors green and white. The green represents the Muslim majority, while the white represents non-Muslim minorities. Together, they represent religious tolerance and unity – concepts on which the nation was founded. Such values are called into question, however, when cases like Asia Bibi’s continue to […]

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IRAN and US: Helping or Hurting?

NICK ARMER WRITES – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced earlier this week that the U.S. strategy to defeat the Islamic State is “working”. It is hard to imagine how funding the organization’s expansion into Iran and Pakistan is helping to achieve national goals. Unfortunately, the American campaign to destabilize the government of Iran […]

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K-Pop Korner: Web Dramas – The Next Big Hit (or Miss)

KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – Korean entertainment companies are always looking for the newest and freshest way to market and promote their idol-singers through means other than just the group’s music. Idols can be seen guest starring on variety and radio shows, endorsing products and companies, and modeling in magazine pictorials. 2013 saw the rise of […]

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HONOLULU: PACIFIC FORUM BASH!

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT PACIFIC FORUM IN HONOLULU COMES THIS: “Dear Asia Media -The Pacific Forum CSIS is celebrating its 40th anniversary at our annual Board of Governors’ fundraising gala dinner at the Sheraton Waikiki on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Tickets and table sponsorships are still available for this special event, which will feature a […]

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SINGAPORE: Did You Get My Good Side?

ASIA MEDIA STAFF WRITES – A recent survey conducted in Singapore has found that the majority of youths who are active on social media strive to ensure that their online presence portrays them in a good light, but often do not lie about themselves in order to do so. The survey conducted by Singapore Polytechnic’s […]

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ASIA AND THE U.S.: TRIANGLE DIPLOMACY

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF WRITES IN HIS SYNDICATED COLUMN: Our intellectual (and tall) US president is a well-known connoisseur of the sport of basketball. One of the game’s famous offensive strategies is named ‘the triangle’. And so with the very welcome  announcement by Barack Obama’s National Security adviser Susan Rice of separate state-visit invitations to […]

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CHINA: Uighurs, the Under-Told Story

ASIAN MEDIA STAFF WRITES – Who are the Uighurs and why have they become such an issue in East Asia?  Here is a simplified analysis – absent of ideology, cant and misunderstanding – that you won’t normally find in the mainstream news media. First of all, we must note that conflict in the region has […]

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JAPAN: Rest in Tweet

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – Most people are lucky enough to enjoy twitter fame while they are still among the living. Unfortunately, recently deceased Japanese journalist Kenji Goto will not have this luxury. A 4-year-old tweet from Sept. 7, 2010 has spread across major social networking sites like wildfire, letting the world know exactly what kind […]

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Sri Lanka: Sirisena, White Knight of the Free Press

PEYTON CROSS WRITES- With a world press freedom index rating of 165, it is no surprise that the Sri Lankan media is corrupt. Thanks to a recent election, however, it may only be a matter of time before this score improves. On January 24, the Colombo Telegraph called into question the credibility of the Sri […]

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NORTH KOREA: The Kim Jong-unstoppable Force

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – After opening in the UK last Friday, being scheduled for an unofficial North Korean release via balloon airdrop, and possibly helping to bring the Hermit Kingdom into popular culture, The Interview has once again shown the world that it is Kim Jong-unstoppable. When hackers and the North Korean government coerced Sony […]

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INDONESIA: Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman

MICHELLE VARINATA WRITES  – With a license to drive and big birthday plans, nothing is more blissful than being 16. Throw in a wedding ring and all of a sudden, being 16-years-old is equivalent to being an adult. Welcome to Indonesia, a country where children as young as 16 can legally marry. Recently, a petition has […]

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PHILIPPINES: No-Show Aquino

MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – Filipino citizens turned to social media to voice their frustration with President Benigno Aquino III, who was a no-show at Villamor Airbase when the bodies of fallen members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Special Action Force (SAF) arrived on Thursday, January 29. Aquino sent the SAF into Mamasapano the […]

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VIETNAM: Modernization Abomination

YVONNE EPPS WRITES— It seems that 2015 is beginning to look promising for the modernization of Vietnam’s regime. It’s true that you can’t ban social media, but you can always issue regulations that squeeze the life out of the industry. Mike Ives of the New York Times recently wrote about the suffocating regulations that beat […]

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NEW ZEALAND: Just Press Play

VERONICA BANEZ WRITES – Technology is more advanced today than it has ever been. One of the most important advancements has been the concept of streaming – not only for entertainment purposes, but for current events as well. In recent years, there has been a huge outbreak of media streaming services. There has been an […]

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