Loyola Marymount University’s critically acclaimed student-driven website – Asia Media International – has a new managing editor: Zhi Jiao Danielle Goh ’20. This recent graduate of the University’s undergraduate college — the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts (BCLA) – excelled as a double major in Screenwriting and Political Science, and has created illuminating articles for the media of Singapore Press Holdings, which includes the Straits Times of Singapore, one of Asia’s most prominent English-language newspapers. As a native of Singapore, Danielle Goh brings to Asia Media International a true wealth of sophistication about Asian politics and cultures: She is fluent in Mandarin, Shanghainese and of course English.
Asia Media Press, a new wing of Asia Media, has its first student leader: Michelle Nguyen, also a distinguished graduate of BCLA, having immersed herself in Political Science, Philosophy, and International Relations. Michelle served as the teaching assistant for two upper-division POLS classes—Future of the U.N. and Introduction to Asian Media and Politics—and will continue to work with Asia Media as its Executive Editor for the startup Asia Media Press. Ms Nguyen – fluent in Vietnamese as well English, of course – ultimately aims for a Capitol Hill career to serve as a determined voice for underrepresented communities.
In a statement, Asia Media International Founder and President, and the university’s distinguished scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies, Clinical Professor Tom Plate, commented: “Danielle Goh and Michelle Nguyen show tremendous promise and contemporary achievement not only as future scholars but also as gifted policy and/or media players. In my undergraduate classes, in our innovative Asia and Asian American Studies Department, which courses are co-listed with our powerhouse Political Science Department, these two recent LMU-BCLA graduates easily and naturally distinguished themselves not only as avid and informed lead discussants but also as skillful communicators and relators to their fellow students, no matter from what background or nationality or culture. In this way they exemplify the warm intellectual and cultural spirit of Asia Media. But they are quiet leaders – of the steadiest and almost self-effacing kind – so they naturally garner the deepest respect of students. What a treasure to now have them leading our eight-year-old Asia Media web-magazine (Danielle), and our fledgling Asia Media Press (Michelle). They are both wonderfully talented, sincere and – in the very best sense – unrelenting.”
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While Michelle is helping to start up a new wing of Asia Media, Danielle will be filling the considerable shoes of the previous managing editor, Senay Emmanuel ’20, who has moved on to Washington, DC, where he will roll up his sleeves with a network of Jesuit charities, for at least a year. Mr. Emmanuel brought to Asia Media a sparkling redesign of the site, a natural spirit of inclusiveness, and a personal humility that was exceptional in its sincerity and integrity. A resident of Seattle, he has family originating from Eritrea, in northeast Africa. “Personally as well as professionally,” said Prof Tom Plate, “he will be very greatly missed, especially by me.”