What are the implications of Obama’s visit to Hiroshima? EastWest Institute’s Jonathan Miller breaks it down. This month saw another street killing in Bangladesh. Why are these events continuing to take place? RAND Corporation’s Jonah Blank and BDnews24’s Toufique Khalidi weigh in. Plus Motor Trend’s Scott Evans shares his thoughts on why so many automakers are getting caught up in environmental testing scandals.
A high level Chinese official visits Hong Kong. Democratic Party Chair Emily Lau shares her expectations and Chinese University’s Willie Lam provides his insight. Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi announced she would create an inclusive government, but she recently requested the US and others to stop using Rohingya when referring to the nation’s Muslim minority. Plus RAND Corporation’s Martin Libicki and Lillian Ablon share how to safely protect your personal data.
Drills, lawsuits, and global influence. What do these things have in common? The South China Sea. This week, RAND Corporation’s Scott Harold joins the podcast to break down the latest.
With Rodrigo Duterte the presumptive Philippine president-elect, what does that mean for the nation and the region? The East-West Center’s Gerard Finin explains the draw of Davao’s “Punisher” and more.
Human Rights Watch released a new study on the bullying of LGBT youths in Japan. Researcher Kyle Knight joins host Steve Miller to dive behind the headline.
Throughout the 1950s and 60s, muscle cars enjoyed enormous popularity, allowing the average person the opportunity to purchase some speed. VOA’s Steve Miller speaks with Scott Evans, Associate Editor at Motor Trend about why people today are purchasing muscle cars and what he sees as their future. Miller also speaks with Erich Merkle, a sales analyst at Ford Motor Company, and Tom Barnes, Vehicle Engineer Manager for the Ford Mustang, about why the automotive company chose to market their four-cylinder model model in China and what challenges went into creating a muscle experience in a small engine package.
So as you know, in March, I left South Korea to assume a new role at Voice of America. Here’s just a taste of what’s coming…
South China Sea: Tension and Global Economic Impact
RAND Corporation’s Mark Cozad and Milken Institute’s Curtis S Chin break down the implications of increased tension in the South China Sea. EastWest Institute’s Jonathan Miller discusses what the international community should be contemplating about North Korea.
Greetings and salutations my excellent friends. It seems like it’s been ages since I’ve sat behind a microphone with you and let me tell you, it’s great to be back.
When I last spoke with you, I shared news that I was placing the Asia News Weekly podcasts on hiatus and that I was picking up stakes and moving to Washington, DC to begin work with the Voice of America.
Well, that’s been done and I’ve been busy learning new new gear at VOA, conducting a few radio interviews, appearing on VOA TV programs, and getting to launch something of my own, which is why I’m here today.
I said that the podcasts would be placed on hiatus until I figured out what I’ll be doing at VOA. Well, now I do.
Asia News Weekly, Asia Now, and The Asia Brief won’t be coming back to their podcast feeds; however, they aren’t going away all together.
Beginning in May, I’ll be hosting a new podcast at VOA called China Now. It’s a look at the news affecting China and the region — essentially combining all of my podcasts into one — and have the resources of the Voice of America to produce it.
In addition, we’ll be producing digital shorts throughout the week, highlighting key stories throughout the week and introducing some amazing people as the season gets underway.
Thank you for all your support during this time of transition and I’ll be sure to let you know once the new podcast drops.
Please keep in touch with me on Twitter @SteveMillerVOA, and until next time, be true to yourself and always be awesome!d
So if you’ve been following me on social media and on the podcast, you know that things are changing. I had anticipated returning from my winter vacation in the US and picking up Asia News Weekly where I had left it… And expanding it to a seven-day schedule. But something happened.
As a result, ANW has been put on hiatus (I’m not sure if/when it will come back, since VOA has similar programming and I will not compete with my own employer). I’ve also decided to temporarily halt uploading to the blog.
This doesn’t mean a I’m going to stop sharing, but just that I’m going to push pause. I will continue to share my life on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, as those mediums are far easier to update than composing here.
I’ll hope you’ll join me along the way.
Facebook Page: http://Facebook.com/stevengmiller42
You have undoubtably heard of the comfort women: young girls who were used as sex slaves by Japan. This issue continues to divide and sour relations between South Korea and Tokyo. Even after more than 10 rounds of discussions on how to resolve the long-standing issue, things remain the same.
Seoul says that some 200,000 women were forcibly taken from their homes, most of whom were Korean, but Tokyo historical revisionist say that the women were nothing more than prostitutes.
Professor Park Yu-ha is an academic from Sejong University and has written about the controversy. Her book, “Comfort Women of the Empire,” tells of a more nuanced version of history neither South Korea, nor Japan perpetuates.
That fact has landed her in some hot water in South Korea. Park faces charges of alleged defamation against surviving members of the comfort women.
On December 19th, she spoke with journalists at an informal “Tea Talk” in Seoul and sharing some of her research. This week’s Asian Now podcast is a recording of that event. Please note, professor Park speaks in Korean and English translation is provided by Seun Ji.
The holidays are my favorite time of year, the weather is colder, so I get the chance to snuggle up on the sofa with my wife and have some hot cocoa. But for one man and his dedicated team, Christmas isn’t a time to sit back and relax… it’s a time to get busy.
So to get a better idea of what it takes to make all the boys and girls happy around the world, I decided to ring up Santa’s official Post Office inside the Arctic Circle in Finland…
China kind of cops up to hacking the United States. Could North Korea be planning another nuclear test? With the end of the year approaching we also take a look back at the year’s top stories. Plus more stories from the region you may have missed throughout the week are on the December 11th edition of Asia News Weekly.
PROGRAM NOTE: Asia News Weekly will be going on hiatus through the month of January 2016. New episodes will resume on Saturday, February 6, 2016.
China cops up to hacking the US… sort of
The Office of Personnel Management hack in the United States was the nation’s worst, with the government still contacting Americans that had their data stolen. While authorities have always placed the blame on China, it was ambiguous if the attack was state-sponsored. Last week, the Chinese government acknowledged that at least someone within their borders carried out the attack, but even with this acknowledgement, does that mean Beijing won’t benefit from the pilfered data?
Is it time to make peace with the DPRK?
One US analyst says the time might be right to discuss finally signing a peace treaty with North Korea – the rationale being that the Kim regime simply behaves better when engaged in positive dialog; however, imagery from October and early November confirm that North Korea continues to excavate a tunnel near its nuclear testing facility. Does that mean the reclusive dictatorial regime may be planning a fourth nuclear test?
A look back over 2015
As this is the final podcast of the year, Asia News Weekly host Steve Miller invites Haeryun Kang from NPR’s Seoul Bureau to discuss the top stories of 2015. Each provides their own list and rationale for the stories making the cut of the year’s top five, but do you agree? Did they miss something you feel should have been on the list?
The Weekly Brief
The final podcast of the year ends with a recap of some of the other major stories from the region. First, China has completed work on one runway in the South China Sea as it pushes forward on others. Then a Facebook post lands two Vietnamese students in hot water when they share information the government says disparages the police. Plus an update on the Seoul anti-government protests and more.