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
TOM PLATE WRITES – Thanks to an inspiring visit by the National Committee on North Korea, a handful of staffers – not to mention their prof – may have learned more about the intricacies of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea and its regional relationships in two hours than in…Full Article LOS ANGELES: NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON NORTH KOREA VISITS LMU AND GIFTS STUDENTS WITH SUPER-SUMMIT INSIGHTS
TOM PLATE WRITES – Exquisite food was only the half of it, but what a fabulous half it was. A multi-course lunch at Hermitage in Jakarta (www.hermitagejakarta.com/dining) set the table for Asia Media International’s first mini-reunion in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Loyola Marymount University has a lively and loyal alumni contingent…Full Article JAKARTA: ‘ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL’ CELEBRATING IN HIGH STYLE
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST COLUMNIST TOM PLATE WRITES – To appreciate the sageuk drama unfolding on the Korean Peninsula, understand that not just two Korean entities have starring roles in history’s cast but three. The first is the Republic of Korea of the south – developmentally accomplished, politically volatile. The…Full Article KOREAN COUNTDOWN: GETTING TOGETHER SURE BEATS STAYING APART, BEATING YOUR CHEST AND PLAYING WITH YOUR RED BUTTON
TOM PLATE WRITES — Tom Wolfe, who had little to say about Asia alone but whose novels and journalism had everything to do with how we all live today, on whatever continent, in this messed-up globalized world, was the love of magazine editors. He was famous among them for never…Full Article LITERARY CORNER: THE PASSING OF A GREAT AMERICAN JOURNALIST
TOM PLATE WRITES — The first thing that must be said to Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his Bersatu party for their stunning ejection of the greedy incumbent prime minister is simply this: Congratulations! Sometimes politics is fiendishly complicated, but in this case it is not. The voters of the Republic…Full Article MALAYSIA: THE OLD PRO, A MERE 92, BACK IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT