This review of ‘Conversations with Thaksin’, in the Giants of Asia book series by Tom Plate, the founder of ASIA MEDIA, appeared in The National, a newspaper of the Gulf States based in Abu Dhabi. The reviewer is New Statesman writer Sholto Byrnes. The review ran as follows: Conversations with…Full Article BOOK REVIEW: TOO KIND … BY FAR!
From every indication, should present trends continue, some wags predict that China is destined to become little more than one big blog. Everyone knows the political impact of micro-blogs on mainland China. Now they appear to have become the Chinese people’s greatest weapon in fighting corporate injustice. Such blogs ensure…Full Article CHINA: Micro Blogs – Consumer’s Voice in the Free Market
In an interview, Lt.-General Chatchai Sarikulya, president of the military owned Royal Thai Army Radio and Television Channel 5, discusses changes facing the media network in the coming months. These changes are part of a broader transformation of the Thai media mandated by the government’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.…Full Article THAILAND: Military Puts TV Emphasis on ‘National Security’
It’s possible to make history but much harder to rewrite it. On February 4th, the government of Sri Lanka celebrated the country’s 64th year of independence from Great Britain with a festive ceremony, including a moment of silence, a parade, and a speech given by current Sri Lankan President Mahinda…Full Article SRI LANKA: Official History Versus Credited Reality
It’s been said that people fear that which they do not understand. As China continues to grow in power and becomes increasingly important on a global scale, it is increasingly viewed as a “threat.” However, Hugo de Burgh, a professor of journalism and director of the China Media Center at…Full Article CHINA: Professor’s Suggested China Course Calls for Increased Understanding
On February 5th, 2012, the weekly Blitz, which is the only anti-jihadist newspaper of Bangladesh, reported that Delwar Hossain Sayedee, the leader of the extremist Islamist movement Jamaat-e-Islami, had testimonial evidence brought against him in the International Crimes Tribunal. One of the prosecution’s witnesses told the court that Sayedee and…Full Article BANGLADESH: Witnesses Disappear – International Crimes Tribunal Case Halted
THE UCLA BURKLE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, THE UCLA CENTER FOR CHINESE STUDIES, UCLA CONFUCIOUS INSTITUTE – are coming together, also on 23 February (but starting at 10 am, then to 4pm) on the legendary topic of “Nixon in China.” Distinguished speakers and participants include Richard Solomon, President of the…Full Article At UCLA
Is the think-works and do-good works of the immensely public-spirited Spencer Kim of a Thousand Oaks, Ca., is holding its annual award dinner 23 February at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Century City…this year they have produced yet another worthy honoree: James B. Steinberg, former national security advisor under President Bill Clinton, current Dean of the superb Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in New York.Full Article The Pacific Century Institute
Former Thailand prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, loved and loathed across his homeland, makes for a fascinating target of former Los Angeles Times columnist Tom Plate’s professional – and always gracious, although sometimes fawning – curiosity. Unsurprisingly, Conversations With Thaksin: From Exile to Deliverance – Thailand’s Populist Tycoon Tells His Story is unavailable in the kingdom, though not yet subject to an official ban.Full Article ASIA BOOK CORNER: In Review of the New Book “Conversations With Thaksin” by Tom Plate
We commend the editors of The Nation in Bangkok for their MEET THE EDITORS video feature. It appears from time to time via the home page of the leading English-language newspaper in Thailand. Seeing is believing, and the sight of the paper’s top editors honestly struggling to make sense of…Full Article KUDOS CORNER: “The Nation’s” Meet the Editors Video Features
Ai Weiwei, probably China’s most famous anti-regime artist, has been facing to blast after blast from the establishment. The list of the most recent round of his critics almost reads like a Who’s-Who in the Mainland Media. They include Hu Xijin, editor of the state-run Global Times; Wang Wen, a…Full Article CHINA: Piling-on, Mainland Style
Not that there was any doubt, but it looks as if the truly awful Sir Lankan civil war really is totally, completely, irretrievably over. How do we know? It seems as if the legendary advertising agency BBDO Worldwide, which is known for taking chances but rarely making mistakes, has opened…Full Article SRI LANKA: So Now …. Dear BBDO …. Get To Work!
Katrien Jacobs, a media professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, has revealed that she has been working “undercover” as “Lizzy Kinsey- scholarly sex machine,” to investigate the inside world of the Adult Friend Finder community.Full Article HONG KONG: ‘Professor of Porn’ Investigates Online World of Casual Sex
“Soft authoritarian” or not, Lee Kuan Yew, now 88, remains a figure of great interest in Asia. “Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew,” a 2010 book by Tom Plate, founder of Asia Media, was recently honored at a major Asian book festival as the English-language book of the year.Full Article SINGAPORE: ‘PEOPLE’S CHOICE’ AWARD GOES TO BOOK ON LEE KUAN YEW