JOANNE PANG WRITES FROM HONG KONG CHINA – Ah, you ask about the lovely coronavirus pandemic that has made millennials insanely and basically harmlessly obsessed with TikTok to a whole other level? Hong Kong seems to tell a different tale. As COVID-19 began to strike the West (UK and…
SARAH SHARPE WRITES — Will the Asian tourism business ever fully recover from the coronavirus? A recent article in The Guardian, the brilliant London-based dally newspaper, details the effects that the COVID-19 outbreak has had on popular tourism sites, with pictures of popular Asian before and after sites: before the…Full Article ASIAN TOURISM: THE SHOCK OF PREJUDICE – THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
SENAY EMMANUEL WRITES — I am a fourth-year undergraduate student at a well-known university in Los Angeles, California. I am set to graduate in a few months and move to Washington D.C. to work at a non-profit. Life was all planned and prepared, and as commencement neared, I gradually filled…Full Article LOS ANGELES: A COLLEGE SENIOR PONDERS OUR MORAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN THIS CRUEL CRISIS
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…Full Article WUHAN: THE HEROIC MEDICAL WORKERS OF A BESIEGED BUT NOW HAPPILY EMPTY HOSPITAL
OUR COLLEAGUES AT THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON NORTH KOREA WRITE — As COVID-19 intensifies in the United States and elsewhere, the North Korean response to the pandemic is fading from the headlines. However, NCNK is continuing to monitor the situation through regular contact with a wide range of information sources.…Full Article NORTH KOREA: HOW BAD IS THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS IN THE HERMIT KINGDOM?
TOM PLATE WRITES – How bad will the global-corona epidemic get? ‘Only the future will tell.’ The problem with that lame cliché is that the future is not only with us now but – to scramble the possibilities – the future actually influences the past. Astrophysicist-author John Gribbin, whose challenging new book ‘Six…Full Article PANDEMIC CORONA: FUTURE ENEMIES AND FUTURE SHOCKS, IN QUANTUM VISION
DANIEL ZAND WRITES — Fake Wagyu beef, also known as Kobe beef, is commonly sold throughout Japan. Having expensive value, Japanese restaurants and butchers are selling other types of beef claiming it to be Kobe Beef. For this reason, Japan is now finally conducting DNA testing that uncovers beefy imposters. Kobe…Full Article JAPAN: WHERE PEOPLE HAVE A FEW BEEFS ABOUT A LITTLE BEEF!
RASHID ALARMELI WRITES — This picture was taken at a protest. It was not a school protest, but the children were photographed as a way to show that inequalities in India hurt people of all ages. The protest took place at Jesse Brewer Jr. Park, in downtown LA, February 22. …Full Article INDIA: LOS ANGELES, WHERE INDIANS AND INDIAN-AMERICANS FEEL FREE TO PROTEST
ERIC ANDERSON WRITES-The Olympic Council of Asia has a mission: to promote cultural awareness, equality, respect, and clean and fair play through the latest sports and trends. The Council controls all sports in Asia and is one of five continental associations recognized by the International Olympic Committee, headquartered in Kuwait. …Full Article CHINA: FUN IN THE SUN AT SANYA 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES
TOM PLATE WRITES (VIA THE KOREA TIMES OF SEOUL) — As horrible as the coronavirus spread looks right now, it may not be the worst that faces us. My worry is that even after the epidemic begins its remission, what happens is that everything returns to normal. And that’s the…Full Article CORONAVIRUS ASIA: THE POTENTIAL PLAGUE OF COMPLACENCY
OTHMAN ALOTHMAN WRITES- Nike-sponsored Kuwaiti athlete Yaqoub Alyouha brought back a gold medal in the World Athletics Indoor Championships on February 4, 2020 in Dusseldorf, Germany. His time, 7.54s in the 60m hurdle, makes him the second- fastest Asian ever to run it. This came as a shock to the…Full Article PRO ATHLETICS IN KUWAIT: GREAT STRIDES, BUT STILL A PART- TIME JOB
MANAAL ALI WRITES-Pakistani headlines took a devastating turn on February 16, in the wake of news that nine-year-old Madiha, a child in the Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was brutally raped and murdered. The Inspector-General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recently took 16 suspects into custody. As investigations continue, Twitter and Facebook…Full Article PAKISTAN: #JUSTICE FOR MADHIA – OUTRAGE OVER MURDER AND RAPE OF A NINE-YEAR-OLD
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…Full Article INDONESIA: HIP-HOP, TENNIS & COFFEE – HOW KOPI KENANGAN ATTRACTED SUPERSTAR INVESTORS JAY Z AND SERENA WILLIAMS
SULAIMAN AL-ADSANI WRITES- Ever since the establishment of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) in 1993, mixed martial arts has become one of the fastest growing and most popular sports worldwide. It started in the 1920’s, when Brazilian jiu jitsu founder Helio Gracie and his brother, Carlos Gracie, issued the “Gracie…Full Article ASIA SPORTS: THE GROWTH OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
FROM THE STAFF OF THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON NORTH KOREA IN WASHINGTON — With the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19) the National Committee on North Korea has been receiving inquiries about the situation in North Korea. We can report that a significant element of the population is at special risk given…Full Article NORTH KOREA: IS EVEN AN ‘ISOLATED’ NATION AT RISK FROM THE CORONAVIRUS?
NATHAN RIVAS WRITES – Recently, the California legislature formally apologized for the state’s role in the incarceration of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent in internment camps during the second world war. Now, a recently uncovered artifact reveals that Loyola University, (so-called before its merger with Marymount college in…Full Article JAPANESE INTERNMENT: AT LMU, COUNTERING INJUSTICE ONE PERSON AT A TIME