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
MICHELLE DOR WRITES — An unemployed 45-year old man in Singapore by the name of Joseph Murugan allegedly attempted to steal free roti, a native Indian dish, by knifing a store clerk. Assisted by two others, Murugan slashed the chef with a knife after he was turned down, leaving a…Full Article Singapore: Man slashes cook after demanding free roti prata, gets jail
“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” – Charlemagne ANAS ALZAHRANI WRITES — When non-native English speakers decide to learn English in a different country, the first locations that come to mind are the U.S and England, where English is the first language. Command over the English…Full Article You Might Want to Head to Asia to Learn English
Courtesy of the East West Center: From Singapore, 30 June 2018—From the Himalayas to the Korean DMZ to the South China Sea, the balance of power in Asia appears to be shifting. But beneath the rhetoric, have the fundamentals really changed? At this past week’s 2018 East-West Center International Media…Full Article SINGAPORE: EAST WEST CENTER MEDIA CONFERENCE OFFERS OPTIMISTIC VIEWS IN CONTRAST TO MEDIA’S GENERAL SKEPTICISM
ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES FROM INDONESIA – Prof Tom Plate, author of the Asia bestseller “Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew,” visited Singapore in May with a new book that delves into U.S.-China diplomacy. The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) invited Plate, from the faculty of Loyola Marymount University…Full Article SINGAPORE: LEE KUAN YEW SCHOOL’S PROF SELINA HO HOSTS A PACKED SESSION ON THE ISSUE OF U.S. WORRIES ABOUT CHINA
(FROM THE EDITORS OF ASIA MEDIA: THIS COLUMN APPEARED ONE WEEK BEFORE THE SINGAPORE SUMMIT, IN THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST)– BY TOM PLATE: Next week, it now seems, the American President will be in Singapore, along with the North Korean leader. Both are famously quirky. Is Lee worried? We…Full Article SINGAPORE: SUDDENLY (?) SUCH A SINGULAR PIVOTAL GEOPOLITICAL SPOT ON THE WORLD SCENE
For the rest of the world, Singapore has often been a point of intrigue. It is a small country, so small in fact that traveling from one end to another would take you less than an hour. Yet currently, this country has one of the highest GDP per capita in…Full Article SINGAPORE: ONLY THE TRUE LOVER BOTHERS TO CRITIQUE THE OBJECT OF AFFECTION WITH SUCH A KNOWING EYE
TOM PLATE WRITES – Next week, it now seems, the American President will be in Singapore, along with the North Korean leader. Both are famously quirky. Is Lee worried? We pay a call on the city-state’s prime minister, host of a monster summit that – on the off-chance all goes…Full Article SINGAPORE: PM LEE ON THE SUMMIT, SINO-U.S. RELATIONS, TRUMP AND TARIFFS, INDONESIA – AND CATHOLIC EDUCATION
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.