For years, some Cambodian media have referred to the country’s longtime leader simply as Prime Minister Hun Sen. Authorities warned May 12 that has to stop.
EDITORIAL: Let’s retire “Chinaman”
Yao Ming was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on April 6. The headline in the Washington Post now reads, “How Yao Ming subverted stereotypes and brought basketball to millions.” But only because the original headline, “Hall of Famer Yao Ming redefined ‘Chinaman’…” generated a huge backlash on social media. In an attempt to […]
Taxi protest causes traffic chaos in Indonesian capital
By NINIEK KARMINI Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Thousands of taxi drivers caused traffic chaos in the Indonesian capital March 22 in a rowdy protest against what they say is unfair competition from ride-hailing apps such as Uber. TV footage showed long lines of taxis and three-wheel minicabs blocking a central expressway, men setting […]
EDITORIAL: In with the old
It’s a common sight when you’re enjoying a meal at a restaurant or at a family gathering; parents and children sitting at a table, mom or dad, or both, are engrossed with their smartphone or tablet, rather than each other, and so are the children. They are physically together, but not present or in the […]
Asian American jab at Oscars reveals deeper diversity woes
By Lynn Elber Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat” creator Nahnatchka Khan was reveling in Oscar host Chris Rock’s deft comedic assault on white-fixated Hollywood. Then three Asian American kids were brought onstage for a gag mocking them as ethnic stereotypes. “It’s like going on a road trip with your […]
Martial arts legends shine on big screen
You may not know the name Fei-hung Wong (1847–1924), but if you’re into martial arts movies, you’ve probably seen some semblance of the legendary hero onscreen.
Philippine commission urged to stop Pacquiao fight due to too much publicity
By Teresa Cerojano Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — World boxing star Manny Pacquiao’s April 9 bout with Timothy Bradley came under a cloud Feb. 22 when the Philippine elections commission was asked to stop the Las Vegas match because it would give the Filipino slugger and senatorial candidate massive publicity. Former Rep. Walden Bello, […]
Kung Fu Panda 3 directors talk Jackie Chan films and Angelina Jolie’s children
By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Kung Fu Panda 3,” from DreamWorks, marks the third installment of the adventures of Po, an amiable and witty animated panda bear who, somewhat against his own nature, becomes a martial-arts expert and helps to defend his Chinese village from evil. The film’s two directors, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro […]
Suicide of student triggers protests over castes in southern India
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Shouting slogans and holding placards, hundreds of students on Jan. 19 angrily protested the death of an Indian student who, along with four others, was barred from using some facilities at his university in the southern tech-hub of Hyderabad. The protesters accused Hyderabad University’s vice chancellor along with a federal minister of unfairly […]
Thai cosmetics company pulls ad depicting blackface
BANGKOK (AP) — “You just need to be white to win.”
A skin-whitening ad in Thailand featuring that slogan alongside a famous actress in blackface makeup sparked such outrage that the company pulled it Friday, Jan. 8, just a day after releasing it. The retraction did little, however, to stem a debate the ad ignited about the regularity of racist advertisements in the Southeast Asian country.
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