From Ho Chi Minh City, Well-Known Vietnamese lawyer Nguyen Ba Son Writes – On July 12, 2016, the arbitral tribunal in the South China Sea arbitration case instituted under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) between the Philippines and China handed out…Full Article VIETNAM: THE TRIUMPH OF THE TRIBUNAL
EXCERPTED FROM ‘THE ORIENTAL ECONOMIST’ – Michael Green, the prominent and respected former George W. Bush foreign-policy adviser, on why he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November: “… During the primaries, I worked for Jeb Bush, and I briefed him on Asia. I was never going to vote for…Full Article ASIA: HILLARY GETS THE GREEN LIGHT
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES — It’s become quite clear that the rest of the world has turned its eyes towards the United States when it surveys ongoing civil unrest around the world. And how sad is this? Some countries have had to issue travel warnings due to recent internal protests, but…Full Article USA AND CHINA: COMPARING TIANANMEN SQUARE’S ‘TANK MAN’ AND BLM’S ‘STATUE OF LIBERTY’
ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES- Qatar has been fairly confident about keeping the 2022 World Cup. The country has passed some labor reforms and FIFA still backs them, but the country’s officials might have to be more cautious. Harvard professor John Ruggie wrote a FIFA-commissioned report on the organization’s human rights responsibilities…Full Article QATAR: Will the World Cup Bubble Burst?
MIRANDA PAK WRITES – Imagine a Hong Kong taxi driver’s income shrinking significantly because he cannot speak Mandarin. This scenario is one of five short films in the Hong Kong indie movie Ten Years. The local, low budget film visualizes Hong Kong in 2025, “[depicting a radicalized] future in which…Full Article HONG KONG: What Will Hong Kong Look Like in ‘Ten Years’
KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – They say that diamonds are forever, but in K-Pop fandom, nothing lasts longer than a good, ol’ (often blown ridiculously out of proportion) dating scandal. From a Western perspective, celebrities dating isn’t a big deal; in fact, it is often expected, even celebrated. But when news…Full Article K-POP KORNER: PSA – Your Idol Is Not Your Boyfriend
KATIE TRINH WRITES – As said best by Gretchen Weiners from the iconic movie, “Mean Girls”– China, “you can’t sit with us.” Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States met for the first time in Southern California February 15-16. Vietnam and other countries affected…Full Article VIETNAM: She Doesn’t Even Go Here!
MIRANDA PAK WRITES – The U.S. this week (Feb. 2) joined calls for Chinese authorities to release five Hong Kong booksellers whose main crime appears to have been embarrassing Communist Party officials. What’s proving the bigger embarrassment is that no one doubts it is Beijing behind the kidnapping/detentions. Since October,…Full Article HONG KONG: Missing Book Sellers — When will China Fess Up? (UPDATED)
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES — With more than 15 million users in 24 countries, Facebook’s Internet.org, has charmed the eyes of many Indians. The program aims to bring free Web access to the developing world, but because of controversy over the number of websites a user can visit, the project’s been renamed “Free Basics.”…Full Article INDIA: Is Free Internet Really Free?
SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – The South Korean government has announced an investment of about $14.8 million in robot development. This recent endeavor was instigated by the recent spike in technological innovation that took place in China. This project seeks to demonstrate South Korea’s ability to compete with China’s cheap labor that…Full Article SOUTH KOREA: Annyeonghaseyo, Mr. Roboto
MIRANDA PAK WRITES – Today, it’s not uncommon for people to rely on cloud or file-sharing services, such as Dropbox or Google Drive, to store documents. A ‘cloud’ is basically a service where people make an account and upload documents and, once uploaded, they can be accessed anywhere on any device with Internet connection.…Full Article HONG KONG: “Cloud” or Not, No Media Outlet is Safe
LMU student staffers have produced Asia Media International’s first magazine — a look back at the year past. Printed on the highest quality glossy stock, the 28-page magazine celebrates the journalism and photo-jounalism of its senior staffers during the 2014-2015 LMU year. The energetic, full-color design came courtesy of AM…Full Article Asia Media: First ‘In Review’ Magazine Published
SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – On Nov. 3rd, the South Korean government made the controversial, yet entirely legal decision to rewrite history textbooks. Many scholars and political opponents of the Park administration immediately condemned this move. Two weeks later, 70,000 protesters congregated in Seoul in an attempt to confront the South Korean government’s move…Full Article SOUTH KOREA: How ‘Democratic’ Is It, Really?
ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Social media sites give users a platform to voice their opinions. They provide a means to communicate with others and express whatever they wish. Some people post disrespectful material, and that’s when censorship and social media ethics enter into the equation. This is a problem Qatar is mulling…Full Article Qatar: Protecting the People From Themselves
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES – On Nov. 16, “India’s Daughter” will air at 10 p.m. ET on PBS’ “Independent Lens.” This critically acclaimed documentary originally aired on March 8, 2015 in a number of countries, but was banned from Indian TV. British filmmaker Leslee Udwin’s film exposes the Dec. 2012 incident of a 23-year-old female…Full Article INDIA: Women in an Insensitive Society With a Feudal Male Mindset