TOM PLATE WRITES – Ever since my initial meeting with Lee Kuan Yew a quarter century ago, Singapore remained in my mind as special. By the time of the brilliant founding prime minister’s passing at 91 in 2015, that assessment was not so novel and was going global; even in…Full Article SINGAPORE: CALIBRATING A ROLE BETWEEN CHINA AND THE U.S.
CADY ABE WRITES – Picture books are often synonymous with bright colors, simple plots, and child-like innocence. However, readers find completely opposite undertones in Mr. Goodchild (2022). The artwork curiously draws readers in and creates an unsettling atmosphere. There is a great deal of dark shading, leaving a mysterious aura across the page…Full Article BOOK REVIEW: MR. GOODCHILD BY J.H. LOW (2022) – AN EERIE PICTURE BOOK EXPLORING INNER DEMONS
CADY ABE WRITES – Real heroes do not come with supernatural powers, unlike the glossy heroes from grandeur cinema and literature. Instead, everyday vigilantes are clad with hard-earned perseverance, passion, and drive to improve the fragile state of the world. In the unsettling and despairing time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the…Full Article BOOK REVIEW: WE ARE SINGAPOREANS VOL. 1 BY MELANIE LEE AND LEE XIN LI (2021)
CLINICAL PROFESSOR TOM PLATE WRITES — I look back in anger. There’s no other way emotionally to cope with the sense that, ever since the exit of the Clinton administration two decades ago, relations with China have gone from “the good and the bad” to mostly bad. It’s not that…Full Article CHINA-US RELATIONS: MUDDLING THROUGH IS BETTER THAN BLOWING IT UP
AIDAN SMITH-FAGAN WRITES — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison met with his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, in Singapore on June 10- marking the sixth Australia-Singapore Leaders’ Meeting, an annual conference between the two countries – and the first in-person meeting between Lee and Morrison since pandemic travel restrictions began.…Full Article SINGAPORE: PRIME MINISTERS LEE AND MORRISON HAVE A SERIOUS CHAT
Loyola Marymount University’s critically acclaimed student-driven website – Asia Media International – has a new managing editor: Zhi Jiao Danielle Goh ’20. This recent graduate of the University’s undergraduate college — the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts (BCLA) – excelled as a double major in Screenwriting and Political Science, and…Full Article BRILLIANT NEW EDITORS FOR ASIA MEDIA
ZHI JIAO DANIELLE GOH WRITES — When the prime minister’s brother, Lee Hsien Yang, joined the opposition party in June, you knew the ordinary political scene in Singapore was never going to be the same. All over the world, Singapore’s democracy is often been questioned and criticized as the People’s…Full Article SINGAPORE ELECTION: A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?
DANIEL ZAND WRITES – New efforts to contain COVID-19 are being enacted because on Wednesday, March 25, three new cases of the Coronavirus occurred. This is the largest increase ever experienced in one day within Singapore. And the feel uptick continues. Singapore has created new social distancing punishments. Coming…Full Article SINGAPORE: JAIL TIME FOR BREAKING SOCIAL DISTANCING LAWS
TALIN DEROHANESSIANS WRITES – The world is heating up fast, and according to the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS), the island city-state is heating up twice as fast as the rest of the world– at a rate of 0.25 degrees Celsius, per decade. That may seem low, but to a nation…Full Article SINGAPORE SUMMER SLING: IT’S TOO HOT AND WE’RE NOT TALKING POLITICS
Asia Media Press, the ambitious new spinoff from our Asia Media International website and Asia Media Center, announces the official publication of the ebook version of its initial title: a knowing and moving behind-the-scenes look at the care and un-caring of veteran soldiers in serious treatment at the largest Veterans…Full Article BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: MADNESS BY Asia Media PRESS GOES LIVE ON AMAZON.COM
TOM PLATE WRITES — Australia has a China problem, and it’s not clear that anyone can help it out of the box it’s in. Yes, it’s a China box: The ground underneath the Asia-Pacific is starting to shake, and the incipient foreign-policy shakeout ‘Down Under’ may well tell those of…Full Article AUSTRALIA AND CHINA: DESTINED TO FIGHT OVER THE ‘LITTLE CHILDREN’ OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC?
ANTONIA HORLICK WRITES — Zilingo is a Singapore-based e-commerce beauty and lifestyle marketplace that enables merchants from Southeast Asia without an online presence to sell products directly to consumers. The private company was founded in 2015 by Ankiti Bose and Dhruv Kapoor, who saw a unique opportunity to help small…Full Article SINGAPORE: WITH THE TRADE WAR IN FASHION, ZILINGO BECOMES EVEN MORE THE FASHION
Asia Media International’s Senior Advisory Andrea Plate celebrated a pre-launch party for her book “Madness: In the Trenches of America’s Troubled Department of Veterans Affairs,” which was produced by Asia Media International and published by Marshall Cavendish Asia, at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey. The four…Full Article LOS ANGELES: PRE-PUBLICATION PARTY FOR NEW BOOK ON VETERANS OF ASIAN WARS TRAPPED IN VETERANS ADMINISTRATION TREATMENT SYSTEM
THE STRAITS TIMES, THE LEADING NEWSPAPER OF SINGAPORE, WRITES – Prominent Singaporean academic Kishore Mahbubani has been elected a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joining the ranks of luminaries such as Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin and Barack Obama. The former diplomat, who is currently senior…Full Article CAMBRIDGE, MASS.: CONGRATULATIONS TO KISHORE MAHBUBANI
Chantal Nong talks about her experiences with Crazy Rich Asians and the movie’s impact on film awards. Nong is an executive producer at Warner Brothers. She recently oversaw the production of Crazy Rich Asians. She has now moved over to DC to be the VP of Production. She attended USC…Full Article Los Angeles: Why Didn’t Crazy Rich Asians Get Nominated?
Singapore lags behind many countries in its protection and support of the LGBTQ community. On September 10, 2018, 43-year-old Singaporean resident Johnson Ong filed to repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalizes any sexual behavior between two consenting adult males. Ong’s petition has since received support from international…Full Article Singapore: Movement to Gain LGBTQ Rights