HONG-KONG-WATCH: SHAKEN MARKETS

From News Service Reports — No sooner had after China signaled it would impose new national-security laws on Hong Kong than markets throughout the world trembled. By early afternoon Friday in Hong Kong (22 May), the Hang Seng Index had lost 5.6%, with property, financial and infrastructure stocks retreating between…

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NO ZOOM GLOOM: FROM LOS ANGELES TO SEOUL

While spring semester study abroad and global immersion trips have been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic, Tom Plate, clinical professor and Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific studies, is continuing to facilitate cross-cultural learning experiences for Loyola Marymount University students. From opposite sides of the Pacific,  LMU students collaborate with Yonsei University students…

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CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES: ‘MY PARENTS HAVE BEEN SO COMPASSIONATE TO HOUSE MY FRIENDS IN NEED’

MANAAL ALI WRITES – During the current outbreak of COVID-19, many lives have been affected, from families not able to buy essentials such as hand sanitizer, water, and toilet paper to small businesses able to provide only limited services- or else closing down. My family has had almost no customers…

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WUHAN: THE HEROIC MEDICAL WORKERS OF A BESIEGED BUT NOW HAPPILY EMPTY HOSPITAL

EXCERPTED FROM THE ‘BUSINESS INSIDER’ — Medical workers in Wuhan, China, removed their masks after the city closed the last temporary hospital, which was panic-built to accommodate the overflow patients from the coronavirus outbreak. The viral video, which has been viewed more than three million times, showed a number of workers…

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INDONESIA: HIP-HOP, TENNIS & COFFEE – HOW KOPI KENANGAN ATTRACTED SUPERSTAR INVESTORS JAY Z AND SERENA WILLIAMS

STUART MULJADI WRITES–Earlier this year, it was announced that megastars Jay Z and Serena Williams would be  investors in Kopi Kenangan (translation: “Coffee memories”), an ambitious, Jakarta- based, non-franchise coffee chain founded by CEO Edward Tirtanata in 2017. According to a local article profiling the CEO, Tirtanata was asked the…

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SOUTH KOREAN CINEMA: ‘PARASITE’ THRIVES IN AMERICA DESPITE XENOPHOBIA

LILLY WEBBER WRITES – After sweeping the Oscars and finishing the night with four different awards, including Best Picture, the South Korean dark comedy thriller film Parasite by director Bong Joon-ho has surprised international audiences and film connoisseurs alike with its success. Parasite’s victory is unprecedented in the Oscars’ history…

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FROM ASIA: A MASK PARADE

ASIAMEDIA WRITES — Whatever the actual degree of utility of the medical mask, there is no doubt in Asia of their current ubiquity. These sample shots below, in order, come from the world-famous Shanghai Ballet; a recent wedding in Seoul, South Korea; yet another anti-government protest in Hong Kong; and…

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THE PHILIPPINES: ONLINE LOVE AFFAIRS CAN BREAK YOUR HEART…AND YOUR BANK ACCOUNT

OTHMAN Al-OTHMAN WRITES– Online dating has taken the Asian region to heart, although not without consequence. Currently, online scams– in which perpetrators convince their online ‘partner’ to send them money or give them access to their data– have flooded the Philippines. Among the many who are affected: online love-seekers. Dating …

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CONGRATULATIONS HONG KONG!

From Asia Media International in Los Angeles — Congratulations, Hong Kong!  Under conditions of the greatest stress, you have pulled off a mainly spotless and brilliant territory-wide election whose results resonate worldwide. Clean and clear elections are not that easy to pull off. (We in the U.S. are learning more…

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