It seems that Thaksin the Educator – a man reviled at home as a virtual political anti-Christ – has become something of a star celebrity everywhere else but in Thailand. This appears to be especially true among university students, by nature intellectually curious and open-minded. Fresh off of his recent…Full Article THAILAND: Thaksin — On the University Lecture Tour!
Lani Luo and Selina Swatek, LMU seniors, have been promoted to the positions of managing editors of this site. The decision was made by acclamation — and to loud applause — at the regular ASIA MEDIA staff meeting recently in University Hall 3319, located on the university’s main campus. Commented…Full Article LOS ANGELES: NEW MANAGING EDITORS
The Following Syndicated Column Is Reprinted from The Jakarta Post of Indonesia: One way or the other, a magazine needs to stand for something special — otherwise, who cares? As a once-young journalist I took in this maxim of magazining from the late Clay Felker, who in the seventies pushed…Full Article THE DEMISE OF NEWSWEEK: When a Magazine Stands for Nothing
American columnist Tom Plate writes: Foreign policy has suddenly surfaced, like a leviathan sea monster, crawling onto the beach of the U.S. presidential campaign. If I were an incumbent American president seeking re-election, I might be worried. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet…Full Article FROM TOM PLATE: America’s New Emotional Isolationism
Look before you leap. This is a venerable American saying. Look carefully before you leap emotionally. So if I were one of the good people of the Republic of Korea, for whom my admiration is deep, long-standing and well known (as my Japanese friends understand well), I would be prudent…Full Article YOU CALL IT DOKDO, THEY CALL IT TAKESHIMA: Putting Asia Stability at Risk- Playing the Wrong Game Risks Playing Into the Wrong Hands
Okay, so it is a rather short list…. still… Los Angeles — This column probably will get obnoxious. At least I hope so. Delightfully, it’s about things I said would happen and, guess what? They happened. You could look it up: The judgments enumerated, in one way or the other,…Full Article Pacific Perspectives: Things I Have Been Right About — And From the Start!
Thaksin Shinawatra (pictured left with his sister, Yingluck, the current Thai prime minister) is undoubtedly the most controversial politician ever to become prime minister of Thailand, an oft-ignored country in Southeast Asia with a population and landmass greater than Britain or Italy. (But who besides a Thai knows this?) Elected…Full Article THAILAND’S CONTROVERSIAL THAKSIN VISITS LOS ANGELES — AND LMU
(An opinion column) — I guess I am a sucker for old-fashioned romance. When I heard about the stunning marriage of Kim Jong Un, the young new leader of North Korea, to the lovely Ri Sol Ju, apparently a professional singer, I hurriedly buried the ideological hatchet and grabbed the…Full Article NORTH KOREA: Wedding Gift for the ‘First Couple’ — a Modest Proposal!
Los Angeles – High up in the category of news that’s too familiar to be newsworthy is the latest poll that finds Asians are the most-educated and highest-earning population in the United States. OMG – I didn’t know that, did you??!! Yeah, right: And so the good people at the…Full Article PACIFIC PERSPECTIVES: BULLETIN: ASIAN STUDENTS ROCK – SO THIS IS BIG NEWS?
This month Asia Media is happy to spotlight for serious praise FOREIGN POLICY magazine. Its May-June issue takes on the extraordinarily relevant but ever-tricky question of the status of women in the Middle East. Not fearing a head-first plunge into the deepest of waters, the editors plaster their magazine cover…Full Article MIDDLE EAST: An Example of Magazine Excellence
Previously ASIA MEDIA highlighted an article about Thailand’s lese majeste law and its oppressive reach over media systems such as social networking sites like Facebook or text messaging. Recently, Amphon “Akong” Tangnoppakul died while serving a 20-year sentence for allegedly sending text messages “deemed defamatory to the Queen.” He was…Full Article THAILAND: Tragic TEXT-book Case of Repression — and Death
The fact of the matter is neither is the U.S.! Much less Britain (or for that matter almost any other country). Even so, the ‘Lunch with the Financial Times’ conversation between Chinese novelist Han Han (Triple Door) and FT ‘s Asia editor and columnist David Pilling is suitably entertaining and…Full Article GOOD JOURNALISM ALERT: On China — ‘My Country Is Not Good Enough’
Los Angeles– What was most amazing, to Westerners at least (and perhaps especially to the Chinese people), was that his comments were broadcast live on official China TV. After all, his official observations weren’t exactly pretty. Here is the back-story: In every historical movement and moment, there are good guys…Full Article CHINA: Media Star Uncle Wen – the Life of the Party?
The Western news media – and especially The Economist Magazine of London – have been almost incautiously optimistic about recent diplomatic developments coming out of North Korea. But the media in South Korea has been rather cautious about Pyongyang’s latest pitch to suspend parts of its nuclear program, to allow…Full Article THE TWO KOREAS: The Reaction to Pyongyang’s Overture (an Update)
The news media in South Korea is properly cautious about North Korea’s latest pitch to suspend parts of its nuclear program, to allow international inspectors onto suspected sites, and to halt long-range missile tests. Since 1994, endlessly back and forth across the Korean Peninsula, after all, negotiations of some sort over the nuclear issue have been on-going or going off on tangents — or (most often) going nowhere.Full Article BREAKTHROUGH IN NORTH KOREA?
LOS ANGELES — Intellectual precision is especially vital in times of geopolitical passion. The full totality of evil of the Syrian government is now on display for the entire world to see. The brutality of President Bashar Assad is beyond immense. And so the blame game has begun. The obvious…Full Article Why China resists Western intervention in Syria