ELLA KELLEHER WRITES — Sacha Baron Cohen’s sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020), has sparked outrage and controversy among the Kazakh community online, which argues that the movie promotes an ugly portrayal of its native country.…Full Article KAZAKHSTAN: RACISM DISGUISED AS SATIRIC HUMOR IS NO LAUGHING MATTER
ALEXANDRA RADILALEH WRITES– Since my return to Los Angeles from my study abroad in South Korea last summer, I’ve been eager to taste delicious and healthy foods like gaya milmyeon, chimaek and ganjang gejang once more. On my own, I did find some locations that almost replicated those intricate flavors,…Full Article Los Angeles: ASIAN RESTAURANTS GET LITTLE HELP FROM YELP
YI NING WONG writes — The 1992 Los Angeles riots marked one of the most violent demonstrations of civil unrest in the United States. While the event largely signified the rising tensions between African Americans and LAPD, it also exposed racial contentions between African and Korean Americans. Director Justin Chon’s…Full Article LOS ANGELES: JUSTIN CHON’S ‘GOOK’ BRINGS NEW PERSPECTIVE TO HISTORICAL LA RIOTS
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’
AUSTIN SZABO WRITES – Has India elected a dangerous man? The media failed to answer this question. As Narendra Modi becomes leader of the world’s biggest democracy, his role in the killing of a thousand Muslims in 2002 remains murky. The 2002 Gujarat riots, a pogrom against Muslims, happened on Modi’s watch. His…Full Article INDIA: Is Modi a Murderer?
JEREMIAH FAJARDO WRITES – On paper, promoting a sense of international awareness sounds like a logical quality for an airline to convey in its commercials. Such ads can assure customers of a friendly, welcoming environment. Yet, as All Nippon Airways (ANA) has found, this is hardly achieved by poking fun at…Full Article JAPAN: ANA Commercial Sparks Social Media Wildfire
JEREMIAH FAJARDO WRITES – Sex often sells, but not when it’s mixed with the stark insensitivity of misogyny and racism. Los Angeles based band Day Above Ground provoked a torrent of controversy earlier this month following the release of a music video for their song “Asian Girlz.” The video featured…Full Article LOS ANGELES: Raunchy, Racist Music Video Goes Viral
Maritime disputes are heating up between China, Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam, all because of a sign. In February, an international outrage surged when a Beijing restaurant manager refused to apologize after removing a racist sign that excludes citizens of states in maritime disputes with China, and dogs. The sign…Full Article VIETNAM: Beijing Ultra-Nationalist Acts Like a Bow-Wow