KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – With so much tragedy occurring in the world, it is always refreshing to see some good news, especially if it involves the recognition of a political visionary who has gone above and beyond to share knowledge and on international development. This year, the Asia Foundation invited…Full Article SAN FRANCISCO: BAN KI-MOON – ‘LEADER ON THE FRONTLINES’
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – What is the line between cultural appropriation and culture appreciation? This question continues to pop up in today’s world. The most recent controversy involves an American girl posing for Prom … believe it or not. Keziah Daum, an 18-year-old from Utah with exceptional sartorial taste, purchased…Full Article CHINA UNDRESSING: WHY SUCH OUTRAGE OVER A SIMPLE GORGEOUS CHEONGSAM?
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – We all know that choosing an airline can be stressful, and with so many to choose from, it is hard to know which would be the best pick. Fortunately, Trip Advisor just announced its list of Top 10 Airlines in the World, according to customer satisfaction.…Full Article ASIAN AIRLINES: SUPERB SEVEN MAKE THE GLOBAL TOP TEN LIST
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – Can’t China just let Taiwan be Taiwan? In recent news, the issue of China and the island of Taiwan surfaced again, this time in the form of an acclaimed author’s nationality. Professor and author, Wu Ming-yi, is a Taiwanese writer whose novel, “The Stolen Bicycle,” was…Full Article TAIWAN: AUTHOR GETS HIT WITH IDENTITY CRISIS!
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – Lap sitting is often not allowed with adults, but two Vietnamese workers were able to get away with it on a Lunar New Year train in Taiwan. These two men stole the hearts of social media users as one of them willingly gave up his seat…Full Article VIETNAM: TRAINING KINDNESS
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) has been under fire for the past few days and China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has only worsened the problem. To begin with, the FCCC released the results of its annual survey, and members were not impressed. 117 out…Full Article CHINA: FCCC CAUGHT RED-HANDED
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – College – it’s the perfect opportunity to either make or join a club with peers who share similar interests. Clubs – they’re such an active part of a student’s social life and allow members to feel as if there is a specific home for them on…Full Article UC DAVIS: THE WEIRD CASE OF THE VANISHING COMMUNIST CAMPUS STUDY CLUB
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – On one side of you, there is a zombie, and on the other– a futuristic robot. All at once, a sexy cop smiles from across the aisle while she slips back into conversation with Sailor Moon. Where is this? None other than one of Japan’s infamous…Full Article JAPAN: SCARY HALLOWEEN TRAINS BACK ON TRACK
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – It looks like the exploitation of students dressed in ‘sexy school girl’ uniforms is not the best way to market a new app, at least in China. Beijing’s Yiweide Culture and Media Company found out the hard way when it offered students of Beijing Jiaotong University…Full Article CHINA: SEXIST STUDENT ‘AUCTION’ AT BEIJING JIAOTONG UNIVERSITY
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – With Election Day upon us, New Zealanders are encouraged to show off their democratic pride with pictures of “I Voted” stickers or selfies taken at the polling stations, encouraging other Kiwis to come out and make their voices heard. This year, the polling stands looked a…Full Article NEW ZEALAND: POLITICIANS FIDO-VER VOTES
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, novelist Ma Kwang-soo was found in the depths of his apartment in Seoul, South Korea hanging from his window pane with a scarf around his neck. Police ruled suicide as the cause of the 66-year-old’s death. Ma was a poet and literature…Full Article SOUTH KOREA: UNHAPPY ENDING TO “HAPPY SARA” AUTHOR
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES- Thailand’s political stability may be rocked in the upcoming week. With the trial of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra awaiting its final verdict, the nation’s Supreme Court decision could lead to to a divisive emergence of the current political forces swirling under the surface of this otherwise…Full Article THAILAND: THE TRIAL OF YINGLUCK
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – Everyone can recognize that signature disk — its circular shape with its slight grooves and its deep black color. The vinyl record, in all its glory, is a true musical phenomenon. Generations old and young acknowledge it as the pinnacle of music platforms. While older folks…Full Article JAPAN: TABLES HAVE TURNED FOR SONY MUSIC
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – On May 24, 2017, Taiwan ignited a beacon of hope for the LGBT community in Asia as its Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. Currently, Taiwan is the first country in Asia to take such a stance. The Court’s ruling was the first step…Full Article TAIWAN: THE TRIUMPH OF RIGHTS CRUSADER CHI CHIA-WEI
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – The young girl sits on a chair with a small bird on her left shoulder, her eyes staring straight ahead. A second chair is left empty beside her, inviting onlookers to reflect on what the statue represents. This particular statue is located in Busan, South Korea,…Full Article SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN: COMFORTING THE AFFLICTED, SOME DAY
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – A national day of anguish and remembrance should not be a day that is taken advantage of by a pizza delivery company. On February 23, Pizza Hut Taiwan posted an offensive pizza promotion to its Facebook page declaring that consumers “celebrate” with “killer” deals during their…Full Article TAIWAN: PIZZA HUT SHOWS TIN EAR ON DAY OF REMEMBERANCE