Asia Media warmly congratulates Roula Khalaf on her ascension to the premier Editorship of the Financial Times, one of the world’s great newspapers. She becomes the first woman editor of the FT in its 131-year history. Khalaf was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and grew up there during the civil war. She…Full Article LONDON: BEIRUT-BORN KHALAF ASCENDS TO EDITORSHIP OF FINANCIAL TIMES – FIRST WOMAN TOP EDITOR IN 131-YEAR HISTORY
BRIAN CANAVE WRITES — The media in Taiwan has been buzzing these past weeks, so here’s a quick rundown starting with Hong Kong. Although the media focuses on the events unfolding in Hong Kong, many sources such as The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), New Tang Dynasty television (NTD), and BBC, reported on…Full Article TAIWAN: Red Shirts, Goodbye Skirts, and Other Taiwanese Media Quirks
TOM PLATE WRITES IN HIS SYNDICATED NEWSPAPER COLUMN: Try it, you might like it: a sense of proportion. Avoid the extreme cry of apocalypse now — or, at least, of apocalypse soon. Stretch your intellectual and historical horizons to appreciate Japan as an expanse of more than just a few…Full Article LOS ANGELES: Trying to Keep Japan in Perspective
NICOLE SABA WRITES – What is the easiest way to stay safe? For Lebanese, the answer has just become clear: mobile app warnings. Lebanese people have been encompassed by instability for decades. Now, with war across the border in Syria, it has become even harder to envision what obstacles people…Full Article LEBANON: Apt Apps For Safety?
BRIAN CANAVE WRITES — Taiwanese netizens are obsessed with social media and social media giants, Facebook and Twitter, do not fail to recognize this. This is in lieu to Facebook and Twitters announcements to further tap into the potential of Taiwanese markets. But why are these companies so eager to have…Full Article TAIWAN: Plurk – or Tweet?!
After months of alleged dawdling, an article in the Financial Times seems to have persuaded Singapore police to let the FBI help investigate a U.S. scientist’s death. Shane Todd, a 31 year old electronics engineer from Montana, was found hanging dead in his Singapore apartment last June. His death was…Full Article SINGAPORE: Cops bend to FT, let FBI investigate engineer’s death
The fact of the matter is neither is the U.S.! Much less Britain (or for that matter almost any other country). Even so, the ‘Lunch with the Financial Times’ conversation between Chinese novelist Han Han (Triple Door) and FT ‘s Asia editor and columnist David Pilling is suitably entertaining and…Full Article GOOD JOURNALISM ALERT: On China — ‘My Country Is Not Good Enough’
Don’t get me wrong. Abject kowtowing is no way to forge an honest and productive relationship with anyone, including the People’s Republic of China. We have differences with Beijing ― and Beijing with us. Covering them up or ignoring them will allow them to fester. Relatively minor issues can become…Full Article PACIFIC PERSPECTIVES: Keep the Bickering in Private When Nurturing a Serious Relationship
“Journalism is about finding out things and then telling the audience what you have learnt – it doesn’t really matter whether it is about the human genome or the Chinese shadow banking system. Once you find out what is interesting about a subject, the rest is easy.” Asia Media discovered…Full Article WE ASK/THEY ANSWER: ‘JOURNALISM IS A FABULOUS PROFESSION’ An Exclusive interview with Financial Times Asia Editor and Columnist David Pilling