FROM THE STAFF OF THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON NORTH KOREA IN WASHINGTON — With the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19) the National Committee on North Korea has been receiving inquiries about the situation in North Korea. We can report that a significant element of the population is at special risk given…Full Article NORTH KOREA: IS EVEN AN ‘ISOLATED’ NATION AT RISK FROM THE CORONAVIRUS?
The season of Christmas means different things to different people. But to very few does it mean absolutely nothing at all. From the religious to the retailer, this season is unique. At its best it reminds us all of our common humanity; at worst, it reminds us of our global…Full Article A SEASONED MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM STUDENT STAFFERS AND FACULTY ADVISORS OF ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL
TOM PLATE WRITES — There are a few, though not yet many, Republicans openly furious with beleaguered President Donald Trump for seemingly asking Beijing to join his reelection campaign, in effect, by actively degrading a leading Democratic opponent. The target – former Vice President Joe Biden son’s alleged business activities…Full Article CHINA-US RELATIONS: TWO SILOS BUMPING HEADS UNWITTINGLY
TOM PLATE WRITES – All mothers are special, of course, as we are reminded ON International Mothers Day this Sunday. Not everyone gets to have their own annual day (not surprisingly, there’s none for newspaper opinion writers, for example), and heavens knows mothers do deserve this annual ritualistic swelling of our…Full Article A PROVOCATIVE MOTHER- WHY YUSI ZHAO’S MOM SHOULD BE APPLAUDED
TOM PLATE WRITES – In coming months look for broad gripes and bright anti-red stars over the land of the free, not to mention the home of the brave. The “Committee on the Present Danger: China” – cliché bombs bursting in the media air – begins its anti-communist show in the…Full Article HONG KONG: SO WHEN WILL CHINA’S ‘WORLD DOMINATION TOUR’ COMMENCE?
TOM PLATE WRITES – A friend of mine, someone I’ve known for decades – surely my best friend – is a most patriotic American. But unlike what many in China might imagine lurks in America’s secret heart, he’s not rooting for China to sputter, much less collapse. He’s not hoping…Full Article HONG KONG: ‘Peace is hard work; war is for simpler, cruder minds’
During his run as premier under President Jiang Zemin, Zhu Rongji – a former Shanghai mayor -was the object of respect from Western leaders and was one reason they regarded China’s rise as a sustainable economic and geopolitical force with which they would have to work, like it or not.…Full Article Wang Qishan could be the new face of Chinese pragmatism after Zhu Rongji – and a voice of reassurance for the West
TOM PLATE WRITES — It hit me hard, one of those awful dreams … then groggily, slowly, sweating, then waking in a start. Dreaming something eerie about Taiwan and China – they had been screaming at each other, all the while yelling at me to shut the heck up and…Full Article LOS ANGELES: A LONG-RANGE PEACE PLAN FOR SETTLING THE TAIWAN ISSUE
Dear Professor – We are Asia’s premier journalism school offering a masters in journalism programme that is considered by many to be the region’s most selective and cutting-edge while also being affordable. Our faculty is made up of top experts and veteran journalists reporting on China, business and finance in…Full Article HONG KONG: PASSING ON AN INVITATION FROM A FAMOUS GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM
PROF TOM PLATE WRITES – It’s not easy being a superpower, and whoever would imagine such might be the case? Sometimes one almost feels an odd twang of sympathy for the leaders of China and the U.S. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown of the superpower. Could any…Full Article HONG KONG: UNEASY LIES THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE CROWN OF THE SUPERPOWER
ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL WRITES – What is the splendid method by which we recruit students for our staff writing and staff video departments? One of our best methods is a secret weapon: the video-wizardry of our very own Marial Sosa LMU’17. Here is one typical sample of her work: headlined…Full Article LOS ANGELES: OUR NEW STAFF MEMBER RECRUITMENT VIDEO
ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL WRITES — All the major Asian newspapers, from Bangkok to Tokyo, had nothing for praise — and a great deal of coverage – for America’s blues diva Aretha Franklin on the occasion of her death at 76. Above is a front page of the ordinarily straight-laced Straits…Full Article ASIA AND ARETHA: THE LATE QUEEN IS EVERYWHERE HAILED!
ASIA MEDIA WRITES – John McCain: “Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you but is not defined by your existence alone.” All of us – but especially college students contemplating career options – might wish to consider the…Full Article WASHINGTON: REST IN PEACE, JOHN MCCAIN
TOM PLATE WRITES — Watch Thailand carefully. It may be that the only major element in the country that truly understands one-person, one-vote democracy is the Pheu Thai Party and its former elected Prime Ministers Thaksin (2001-2006) and younger sister Yingluck Shinawatra (2011-2014). Their political formula is simplicity itself: get…Full Article THAILAND: THAKSIN-ISM RISES YET AGAIN AMONG THE THAI PEOPLE
ASIA MEDIA WRITES – We found this advertisement, for some reason, intriguing. But we’re not exactly sure why. It has just appeared appeared in The Jakarta Post, that wonderful English language newspaper of Indonesia. We leave it to you to figure us out. You may know us better than we…Full Article JAKARTA POST: ANY CHANCE YOU’LL BE IN OUR TOWN IN EARLY SEPTEMBER?
BRODIE PAUL AND WILLIAM MELLOR WRITE (from the Foreign Correspondence Club of Hong Kong) – One of Asia Pacific’s most distinguished foreign correspondents, two-time FCC President and life member Anthony Paul, passed away in Brisbane on July 14, aged 81. Partially obscured, Tony Paul in the shadow of Ambassador Graham…Full Article HONG KONG: LEGENDARY ‘ASIAN HAND’ ANTHONY PAUL (DOYEN OF HONG KONG’S FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS CLUB) PASSES AWAY