BY THE AMI STAFF – The Asian and Asian-American Studies professor’s ‘Future of the United Nations’ course is not the usual kind of university class. There is no extended lecture, and the enrolled students do much of the talking. That’s because the design for this experimental course empowers them as…Full Article LMU, LOS ANGELES: FORMER UNSG BAN KI-MOON ZOOMS A CLASS FOR A CHAT
BRIANNA HIRAMI WRITES — Historians often skip over the pain that war leaves on the countless hearts of those who have lost their loved ones to senseless violence. Whether it is a soldier caught on the battlefield, a parent praying for their drafted child, or a refugee actively escaping a…Full Article BOOK REVIEW: THE WAITING (2021) BY KEUM SUK GENDRY-KIM
TOM PLATE WRITES — Frustrations come with any occupation, and writing columns about Asia and America, as I have without stop for 25 years, is no exception. Asia is powerful and dynamic, and one size does not fit all. But, for me, no one subject has proven more elusive and…Full Article NORTH-SOUTH DIVIDE: ONLY KOREANS THEMSELVES CAN FIND A WAY OUT OF THE IMPASSE
EVENT — The Loyola Marymount University Center for Asian Business, in collaboration with the Center for International Business Education, presented a special webinar on April 22th 2021 with Victor Cha, Senior Vice President and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Dr. Cha holds…Full Article VIDEO: BIDEN ADMINISTRATION AND A NEW APPROACH TO DENUCLEARIZATION OF KOREAN PENINSULA
WEI WU WRITES — The South Korean movie “Parasite”, 2019 Golden Palm Award winner and recently released in East Asia after its 2018 debut, has re-ignited popular discussion of important issues about Korea. The movie was directed by Bong Joon-Hyun who has directed “Memories of Murder” and “Snowpiercer”. Bong focuses on…Full Article MOVIE REVIEW: GOLDEN PALM AWARD WINNER ‘PARASITE’ ECHOES THE DARK TRAGEDY OF A DISUNITED Korean Peninsula
The public is invited to a discussion of the issues of the Korean Peninsula by the Founder and President of Asia Media International – see above.Full Article PASADENA: FREE PUBLIC LECTURE ON KOREA AT A CROSSROADS
This following is a special and important interview with South Korea’s special presidential advisor Moon Ching-in that appeared in the Korea Times on November 01, 2018 – By Kim Bo-eun, Kim Yoo-chul Differences between South Korea and the United States on how to push North Korea’s denuclearization are standing out…Full Article KOREAN PENINSULA: THERE MAY BE NO WAY OUT
TOM PLATE WRITES – With friends like China and the United States, it might seem that North and South Korea would have no need for enemies; but then again, of course, they also have each other, and then again it might be said that each is its own worst enemy.…Full Article KOREAN PENINSULA: THE TWO KOREAS WORK THE PROBLEM TOGETHER
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST COLUMNIST TOM PLATE WRITES – To appreciate the sageuk drama unfolding on the Korean Peninsula, understand that not just two Korean entities have starring roles in history’s cast but three. The first is the Republic of Korea of the south – developmentally accomplished, politically volatile. The…Full Article KOREAN COUNTDOWN: GETTING TOGETHER SURE BEATS STAYING APART, BEATING YOUR CHEST AND PLAYING WITH YOUR RED BUTTON
TOM PLATE WRITES — America is now more confused than ever about North Korea. And it’s not all Mr Trump’s fault. Neither can America fairly say it’s all China’s fault. For as long as I have been writing about Asia, North Korea has been the black hole of American foreign…Full Article KOREAN CRISIS: IS THE KILLER PROBLEM AMERICA’S OWN DOMESTIC DIVISION AND INTELLIGENCE FAILURE??
ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – To support or not to support, that is the question when it comes to U.S. President Donald Trump’s 12-day visit to Asia. Nowhere is that more true than in South Korea. As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue, many South Koreans have taken…Full Article SOUTH KOREA: A DIVIDED NATION ON TRUMP AND NORTH KOREA
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Every summer, North Korea makes it known that they vehemently oppose the annual military exercises held by South Korea and the United States. This time, however, tensions may run slightly higher than they usually do during this time of the year. Last Monday, the armed forces…Full Article NORTH KOREA: Tensions Flare Over Annual Military Exercise (Again)
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – At an event where a peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula was being discussed on March 4, U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was attacked by a knife-wielding activist who demanded the reunification of the two Koreas and expressed opposition to the annual U.S.-South Korean…Full Article NORTH KOREA: A Slice of Justice?
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Tension between North and South Korea is old news, but a recent offer by the North offers a ray of hope that it’s possible for relations to cool down. Earlier this week, North Korea proposed that the two countries tone down their usually confrontational language. If…Full Article NORTH KOREA: Squabble over Name-Calling an Obstacle to Progress
The Associated Press (AP) reported from Pyongyang on the recent announcement of the United States and North Korean agreement to freeze North Korea’s nuclear activities in exchange for much needed food aid. Washington sees this as a promising first step towards discussing disarmament; yet, according to the AP, “rare interviews”…Full Article NORTH KOREA: A Rare View of NK Public Opinion Thanks to Associated Press
The Western news media – and especially The Economist Magazine of London – have been almost incautiously optimistic about recent diplomatic developments coming out of North Korea. But the media in South Korea has been rather cautious about Pyongyang’s latest pitch to suspend parts of its nuclear program, to allow…Full Article THE TWO KOREAS: The Reaction to Pyongyang’s Overture (an Update)