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Asia Pacific Arts, published by the UCLA Asia Institute, covers the dynamic worlds of Asian and Asian American arts and entertainment. As perusing back issues will demonstrate, our field of vision is wide.
Asia and the World
Everywhere you look – television, music, film, fashion – the direction of international art and culture faces east. With over 1,300,000 readers annually, Asia Pacific Arts takes a long hard look at just what it means for Asian high and pop cultures to enter the global consciousness and multinational marketplace. As journalists, APA writers ask why, how, when, and where Asian arts have captured the imagination of fans at home and abroad. As critics, they analyze what this means for the future of Asian aesthetics and expression.
Asia in America
Today, Asian culture is no longer locked to the home continent but is a cultural force throughout the world. Living in the United States, APA writers observe what it means to be Asian outside of Asia. As Asian American entertainment grows, APA reporting has created a valuable archive of Asian American artists on their way to distinguishing themselves as unique and important entities in mainstream media.
In its four years in existence, APA has consistently reported on Asian cinemas in all of their forms: blockbuster epics, independent productions, video art. World-famous cinemas of China, India, Japan, and South Korea are covered, but so are smaller films from Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan -- cinemas which need and deserve the in-depth coverage that other publications neglect to offer.
Political punk from the mainland, indie pop from Japan, hip hop grooves from Taiwan, European opera from Korea. Novels, manga, poetry. If learning about Asian arts is the goal, talking to the creators is the most worthwhile form of training. Being housed at UCLA gives APA access to visitors, professionals, academics, and artists who come through Los Angeles.
As an online magazine, APA can do what print publications cannot. Video interviews, music clips, and other multimedia content add personality to analysis and allow us to remain on the cutting edge of web journalism. APA’s internship program provides the training ground for students interested in journalism, arts, and new media to report with a wide, nuanced, international viewpoint. It teaches writers to be critics and expands their analysis of art and culture to go global.
APA is produced at UCLA. Southern California is home to more than a million Asian Pacific Americans and ties with Asia are strong. Interest in and knowledge of Asia and Asia Pacific America is particularly acute here. More students pursue courses in Asian languages, literatures, histories, politics, and societies (not to mention courses on the Asian Pacific American past and present) at UCLA than at any other Western university. They are taught by members of the richest pools of scholarly expertise on Asia and Asian Pacific America anywhere. Beyond this, the region's role in the global entertainment industry is enormous, and Asia Pacific Arts takes advantage of both the scholarly and industry access in order to develop well-rounded content about Asian arts and culture.
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