ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES –In November, Asia Media International staff attended the third annual Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) in Culver City, California a.k.a. “the heart of screenland.” After watching films and panels throughout the seven-day festival, it’s safe to say that the AWFF left no doors unopened when it came…Full Article LOS ANGELES: THE POWER OF DIVERSITY IN PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE ASIAN FILMS
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES — As one of the nation’s oldest human rights activist, it should come as no surprise that Grace Lee Boggs is a household name for many civil-rights activists. A first-generation Chinese-American woman, Boggs founded community organizations and supported political movements in major cities such as Chicago and…Full Article ASIAN PROFILES: What Young Asian-Americans can Learn from Grace Lee Boggs
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES— In the wake of countless protests that broke out across the United States in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration this past Friday,the timing of the Asia Society Southern California’s special conference on Monday Jan. 23 is almost magical. So please consider attending (details below) Asia…Full Article LOS ANGELES: THE ASTONISHING TIMING OF ASIA SOCIETY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES — It’s become quite clear that the rest of the world has turned its eyes towards the United States when it surveys ongoing civil unrest around the world. And how sad is this? Some countries have had to issue travel warnings due to recent internal protests, but…Full Article USA AND CHINA: COMPARING TIANANMEN SQUARE’S ‘TANK MAN’ AND BLM’S ‘STATUE OF LIBERTY’
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES — With more than 15 million users in 24 countries, Facebook’s Internet.org, has charmed the eyes of many Indians. The program aims to bring free Web access to the developing world, but because of controversy over the number of websites a user can visit, the project’s been renamed “Free Basics.”…Full Article INDIA: Is Free Internet Really Free?
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES – On Nov. 16, “India’s Daughter” will air at 10 p.m. ET on PBS’ “Independent Lens.” This critically acclaimed documentary originally aired on March 8, 2015 in a number of countries, but was banned from Indian TV. British filmmaker Leslee Udwin’s film exposes the Dec. 2012 incident of a 23-year-old female…Full Article INDIA: Women in an Insensitive Society With a Feudal Male Mindset
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES– Can online declarations of love defeat real-world violence and intolerance? A few thousand Indian and Pakistani social media users are trying to find out. Connected by a mutual concern about the current state of Indian-Pakistani relations, internet users have been posting photos of themselves and short statements of peace…Full Article INDIA: Social Media’s answer to Shiv Sena
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES– With the second highest number of internet users in the world, the Indian government’s new flagship program, ‘Digital India,’ has potential to become a great success. With Prime Minister Modi’s trip to Silicon Valley in early September, hype over this new government initiative has wooed the CEOs…Full Article India: The Rusty Spark into the Digital Revolution
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES – Online crime is on the rise in India and the nation’s cyber cops say beware digital extortion. As this continues to become a major issue, India has ranked as the world’s sixth most targeted country (second in Asia), in terms of financial institutions that are hacked. Internet hackers have…Full Article INDIA: Cyber Extortion is on the Loose
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES—A government initiative to make a difference in the third largest Asian economy hasn’t gotten off to a very productive start. Announced back in September 2014, Make In India is an undertaking to invite international companies to manufacture their products in India. Since it’s launch, Make in India has…Full Article INDIA: “Make in India” or “Break in India”?
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES –India has been a major candidate for a development that’s been in the works since its launch in the South Island of New Zealand in 2013. This innovative project is called Project Loon – a mission backed by Google that aspires to provide Internet access to rural…Full Article INDIA: The Lucrative Loopholes Behind the Loon
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES– Leaning towards All India Radio, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stresses to India’s youth on the issue of drug use. PM Modi wants to start a movement that is intended for a #DrugFreeIndia through the means of social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even the…Full Article INDIA: Drugs = Darkness, Destruction, and Devastation
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES – The world’s second largest burger joint is utilizing eBay in one of the most interesting ways. Burger King has laid out a plan to get Indians to pre-order its sandwiches online. Burger King aims to sell online vouchers to help promote this new idea. Consumers can purchase a burger…Full Article INDIA: eBay Introduces a Whopper of a Sales Plan