ASIA MEDIA RECOMMENDS: Courtesy of the fast up-and-coming SUPCHINA news and feature service … a not-to-be-missed skit from the popular John Oliver Show, which is Filming at The CBS Broadcast Center taped live at a CBS News studio at 530 West 57th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenue), New York,…Full Article NEW YORK: DON’T MISS JOHN OLIVER’S HILARIOUS BUT POINTED SIZING UP AND TAKING DOWN OF CHINA’S PRESIDENT XI JINPING
TIARA SALVABILLA WRITES – Not much of a surprise, the popular LGBT movie “Call Me by Your name” was banned in China. Although the Oscar-winning movie with a cult-following has top ratings on IMDB, RottenTomatoes, and other movie review websites, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has chosen not to…Full Article CHINA: OSCAR-WINNING LGBT MOVIE BANNED
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – Can’t China just let Taiwan be Taiwan? In recent news, the issue of China and the island of Taiwan surfaced again, this time in the form of an acclaimed author’s nationality. Professor and author, Wu Ming-yi, is a Taiwanese writer whose novel, “The Stolen Bicycle,” was…Full Article TAIWAN: AUTHOR GETS HIT WITH IDENTITY CRISIS!
MICHAELA MERTZ WRITES — The highly followed social media account, Feminist Voices, was suspended on International Women’s Day after initiating a discussion on issues of sexual harassment. The campaign began on March 6, when the account asked users to post their own photos about sexual harassment with the hashtag #March8againstharassment.…Full Article CHINA: SINA WEIBO ACCOUNT, FEMINIST VOICES, CENSORED ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
FASSA SAR WRITES – “Black Panther” tops box offices, at this point running ahead of “Avatar,” the Star Wars franchise, “Jumanji” and countless other titles in sales. There is an old standing conception that mass audiences do not want to see black narratives with a majority black cast. In order…Full Article FILM: BLACK PANTHER GRASPS HEARTS IN ASIA
ASIA MEDIA WRITES — President Xi’s two-term limit has been abolished, meaning he might be President of China indefinitely. As the news sets in, Chinese citizens take to social media to express their mixed emotions. Following these reactions, the Chinese government were quick to crack down on Chinese netizens, banning…Full Article CHINA: ANONYMOUS NETIZENS TAKE TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO KNOCK PRESIDENT XI’S ABOLISHMENT OF THE TWO-TERM LIMIT
KEVIN CHEN WRITES – According to Xinhua News Agency, a man went into the Terra-Cotta Warriors exhibition at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and stole a thumb from one of the precious statues. It took more than two weeks for the museum to notice the stolen thumb and after five…Full Article CHINA: THE CASE OF THE MISSING TERRA-COTTA PART – THE FBI FINALLY GETS ITS THUMB
EMILY CARMAN WRITES – On January 9, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis IEEFA published a report naming China the global leader in building and financing of clean energy technology. Meanwhile, the U.S. persists in clinging to coal. On his campaign trail, President Donald Trump promised to…Full Article CHINA: U.S. LEAVING LUMPS OF COAL IN ENVIRONMENTAL STOCKING
RACHEL OAKES WRITES – 2017 marked an important year for Starbucks in China–-but but not in the way the newspapers think. The Seattle based company has been plotting their move into China since before the start of the 21st century, and since 2012 has over quadrupled their number of store…Full Article CHINA: WILL STARBUCKS SOMEDAY BE CUT DOWN TO THE TEA-BONE?
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) has been under fire for the past few days and China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has only worsened the problem. To begin with, the FCCC released the results of its annual survey, and members were not impressed. 117 out…Full Article CHINA: FCCC CAUGHT RED-HANDED
TOM PLATE WRITES – Recent U.S. presidents, at least in public, would speak of China only after the vetting of practically every word, as if an errant one might prove seriously chancy. The bilateral was too complex, the stakes too high, the relationship freighted with too many tensions to have…Full Article ONE COLUMNIST’S VIEW: INSIDE THE ‘MIND’ OF DONALD J. TRUMP
FASSA SAR WRITES – A Chinese museum pulled an exhibit that overtly compares African tribespeople to animals. This exhibit went viral after a video posted on instagram showed expressions of Chinese art lovers admiring photographs of African people next to lions, apes, cheetahs and countless other “wild” safari animals. The…Full Article CHINA: IGNORANT, OUTRAGEOUS EXHIBIT COMPARES AFRICAN ANIMALS TO PEOPLE
ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES — The Asian World Film Festival took place this past week October 25 – November 2. The festival commenced with the opening night screening of “Ayla: The Daughter of War.” Asia Media International was honored to be able to cover the event and share reviews of our…Full Article LOS ANGELES: SPECTACULAR ‘ASIAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL’ PROJECTS THE RAW STORIES OF ASIA WITH PANACHE
KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – It looks like the exploitation of students dressed in ‘sexy school girl’ uniforms is not the best way to market a new app, at least in China. Beijing’s Yiweide Culture and Media Company found out the hard way when it offered students of Beijing Jiaotong University…Full Article CHINA: SEXIST STUDENT ‘AUCTION’ AT BEIJING JIAOTONG UNIVERSITY
TOMMY SUTJIPTO WRITES – It is official, China has entered a war against the digital currency, Bitcoin. China’s ban on the worldwide crypto-currency is no longer considered a rumor or fake news, but rather an official statement issued by the country’s government and financial regulators. China’s analysts and economists alike…Full Article CHINA: THE WAR AGAINST BITCOIN
YI NING WONG WRITES – Netflix Original, Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower, tells the story of young Hong Kong activist, Joshua Wong, as he leads the infamous Umbrella Revolution against China in 2014. Directed by Joe Piscatella, the docufiction keeps its viewers interested, featuring the inception of a student organized pro-democracy…Full Article CHINA: NETFLIX FALLS SHORT WITH ITS UMBRELLA REVOLUTION ORIGINAL FILM