TOKYO — Asia’s universities are continuing to rise in prominence relative to established Western counterparts, according to a global survey of over 10,000 academics. Twenty-one Asian universities made it into a list of the world’s top 100 universities by reputation. Of those, six are in mainland China, with five in…Full Article GLOBAL SURVEY: REPUTATION OF ASIAN UNIVERSITIES SAID TO BE ON THE RISE
ASIA MEDIA REPORTS – The Temasek Dialogue ‘breakfast club’ invited Asia Media International editor-in-chief Tom Plate to discuss and defend his perspectives on the roiling U.S.-China relationship. Temasek Holdings is one of Singapore’s two sovereign wealth funds, and is a major shareholder in the city-state’s biggest firms, including Singapore Airlines…Full Article SINGAPORE: DIALOGUE ON CHINA AT THE FAMED ‘TEMESAK DIALOGUE’ BREAKFAST CLUB
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
ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL WRITES — The prestigious Lee Kuan Yew has officially released the video of a presentation on 22 May at its National University of SIngapore campus on the topic of China and the United States. The presenter was Loyola Marymount University Clinical Professor Tom Plate, and the moderator…Full Article SINGAPORE: PRESTIGIOUS LEE KUAN YEW SCHOOL PRESENTS A JOURNALIST-PROF’S PERSPECTIVE ON CHINA
ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL WRITES – Featuring an in-depth presentation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (see above), regarding his new book ‘Yo-Yo Diplomacy’, Prof Tom Plate will be on tour in Singapore and Jakarta 21-26 May. Loyola Marymount’s Distinguished Scholar of Asian and…Full Article ASIA MEDIA FOUNDER’S SOUTHEAST ASIA BOOK TOUR
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
ASIA MEDIA STAFF WRITES– Amos Yee, a teen blogger who fled Singapore, has been granted asylum in the United States. Yee was released from U.S. detention after 9 months of being detained. Yee first received asylum in March, but was quickly rejected by the Department of Homeland Security. However, the…Full Article SINGAPORE: TEEN BLOGGER AMOS YEE GRANTED ASYLUM IN THE U.S.
We received the following note and statement from Asia-based geopolitical thinker Kishore Mahbubani, who is stepping down as the famed Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew school of Public Policy. It is reprinted here virtually in its entirety. “Dear friends, Life is full of interesting twists and turns. I…Full Article SINGAPORE: FOUNDING DEAN OF LEE KUAN YEW SCHOOL TO STEP DOWN AT YEAR’S END
WRITES BHAVAN JAIPRAGAS OF THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST — The eldest son of Lee Hsien Yang – the estranged younger brother of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong – has defied an official order by the Singapore government’s lawyers to issue a public apology for a Facebook post about…Full Article SINGAPORE: STRAIGHT FROM FACEBOOK TO FAMILY FEUD CONTINUED
By AMI Staff – Marshall Cavendish Asia International, one of the leading quality book publishers in all of Southeast Asia, has now put out onto the SEA market the print edition of ‘Yo-Yo Diplomacy,’ the latest book by Professor Tom Plate of Loyola Marymount University. E-book editions will be available…Full Article SINGAPORE: CONTROVERSIAL ‘YO-YO DIPLOMACY’ BOOK UNVEILED IN SOUTHEAST ASIA MARKETS
TOM PLATE WRITES – How sad is the ongoing family quarrel in otherwise brilliant Singapore? On my first trip to Singapore, as a Los Angeles Times columnist, which featured my first interview with Lee Kuan Yew, then titled senior minister, I returned home feeling I had seen something special and…Full Article A COLUMNIST’S VIEW FROM LOS ANGELES ON THE SAD SINGAPORE SCANDAL
Marshall Cavendish Asia International has announced 14 July as the official publication date, in Asia, for ‘Yo-Yo Diplomacy: American Columnist Tom Plate Tracks the Ups-and-Downs of the China-U.S. Relationship.” Author Plate is Loyola Marymount University’s Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies and is founder and editor in chief of…Full Article SINGAPORE: NEW BOOK ON CHINA BY PROF PLATE SLATED FOR MID-JULY PUBLICATION IN ASIA
RYAN URBAN WRITES – Shock and utter disgust flooded social media platforms this week, when an anonymous WeChat user posted pictures of graphic child neglect at a Singaporean daycare center. The photos ranged from bare-bottomed children covered in fecal matter to children sleeping on bare floor tiles without mats…Full Article SINGAPORE: CAN A FALSE REALITY BE A FORCE FOR GOOD?
EXCERPTED FROM AGENCE FRANCE PRESS AND OTHER NEWS ACCOUNTS – A Singaporean teenager who became notorious for profanity-laced attacks on Singapore’s revered late leader Lee Kuan Yew is seeking political asylum in the U.S., his lawyers said Thursday. Amos Yee, 18, a filmmaker turned activist who has been repeatedly jailed…Full Article SINGAPORE: IMPUDENT CHILDISH TEEN, OR CLASSIC POLITICAL DISSIDENT?
RYAN URBAN WRITES – On October 1, a Singapore tech startup bought half of Rolling Stone, becoming the first-ever outside investor in the 49-year-old magazine. BandLab Technologies is a social music company aimed at encouraging rising music artists to collaborate with one another by combining features from Facebook, SoundCloud and…Full Article SINGAPORE: HALF OF THE STONE ROLLS INTO KUOK’S COURT