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.
Authorities in Bangladesh announce they’ve detained the man responsible for killing a Japanese national back in October, but is he part of ISIS as was once thought? Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has stuck his foot in his mouth once more, and this time, he might actually be helping ISIS. US Ambassador to Thailand, Glyn Davies has drawn the ire of the powers that be in Thailand and exposes the true nature of the junta. Plus the South Korean Japanese authorities believe laid explosives at the Yasukuni Shrine and China’s widespread torture.
Welcome to this month’s edition of What’s Up Asia?! recorded live via Google Hangouts on December 2, 2015. As always, it’s a pleasure to have you with me here today – My name is Steve Miller, host of the Asia News Weekly podcasts and I’m joined by popular Japan-based video blogger Hikosaemon.
This episode flew by us on the show. We discussed the top-level meeting between Ma and Xi in Singapore, the issues surrounding the South China Sea and freedom of navigation, Japan’s whaling mission and how that is actually hurting the nation’s reputation, the scary state of democracy in South Korea, and more.
So sit back and enjoy our monthly chat.
What’s the significance of China restructuring its military? Seoul gets ready for what may be a massive anti-government rally this weekend. If Aung San Suu Kyi doesn’t help the Rohingyas in Myanmar, does that taint her victory? Plus one Japanese company is using trees to make noodles, attacks in Bangladesh continue, and more on the December 4th edition of Asia News Weekly.
What’s the significance of China restricting its military?
With its nine-dash line, China has claimed virtually all of the South China Sea as their own. We’ve seen their slow and steady build-up of bases for more than a year now, and as the United States announces it will once more sail inside the 12 nautical miles Beijing likes to claim as its own around these features, China unveiled a restructuring of its military forces. To help understand why that may be, Mark Cozad, Senior International Defense Policy Analyst with the RAND Corporation returns to the podcast.
Seoul prepares for massive anti-government rally
Police told organizers late last week, that their planned December 5th protest rally in downtown Seoul was a “no-go.” Undaunted, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions said, “Police are denying the constitutional rights to the freedom of protest rallies, and it’s tantamount to the self-acknowledgement that the current government is a dictatorship,” and vowed to assemble anyway.
Japan to resume whaling practice
Despite the International Court of Justice ruling last March that Japan’s whaling program in the Antarctic should cease, the East Asian archipelago announced it plans to resume the practice. The courts in The Hague were put in place to essentially get countries to behave responsibly and to hold one another accountable. Tokyo is now tossing that notion aside, doing what it wants, and essentially proving the body has no power.
Will Suu Kyi’s legacy be lessened by Rohingyas?
National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held talks with week with Myanmar President Thein Sein and Military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. While the meeting was conducted behind closed doors, its purpose was clear – how to achieve a smooth and effortless transition of power. However, even Suu Kyi moves to improve the nation, will she do enough for Rohingya Muslims who are currently stateless in their own country? Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division answers the question that, “If she doesn’t at least try, will it lessen the Nobel Peace laureate’s victory?”
The Asia Brief
The podcast concludes with stories of how the Islamic State continues to make inroads into Bangladesh, despite authorities claiming the group is not there. Plus, another gang rape in India showcases the countries struggle to protect women, Chinese activist Gao Yu is released from jail, but three more take her place, and more regional news.