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For Southeast Asia members, a trip into Malaysia

When four hungry AAJ-Asia members encountered a delay on the the Singapore-Malaysia border one Saturday morning, they had no inkling that they would soon embark on a two-day eating adventure. Starving one moment, but unable to find space in their stomachs for more food the next.

The trip to Kluang, Malaysia, only a little more than two hours from Singapore, was organized by a local, Vino Wong, a visual journalist who used to work in Atlanta. He had planned a foodie trip of sorts (with a hike thrown in) for Nov. 26-27, for AAJA-Asia members in the region. Three members in Singapore, one based in Bangkok, and a few other friends went. Follow the AAJA-Asia (Singapore) Facebook page to find out about future events or for recommendations! Below are photos from the outing, by Vino Wong, Daylon Soh, and Mike Raomanachai.


Weekend Chatter in SG: Exploring future of journalism

Adapt or die – is that what traditional media and newsrooms are facing now? How is journalism and storytelling evolving with new media platforms?

Join our esteemed panel for discussions of staying true to good old-fashioned journalism of shoe leather reporting, while at the same time adapting stories and transforming how they are being told for a digital-age audience.

Date: July 30, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Venue: BASH, 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #03-01. Singapore 139955

Our panelists are:

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  • Linus Chua Managing Editor of Southeast Asia, Bloomberg.

 Linus Chua is the Southeast Asia Managing Editor overseeing six Bloomberg News bureaus across the region. He was previously the Singapore Bureau Chief and Asia Editor for the Billionaires Team. Since he joined at the peak of the 1997 Asian financial Crisis, he has covered a wide variety of beats and also ran the Emerging Markets Stocks Team in Asia. Prior to Bloomberg News, Linus was a Broadcast Journalist at MediaCorp. in Singapore. He started his career as a Business Reporter for the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Florida. Linus has a BA in Journalism and Economics from Marquette University in Wisconsin. During that time, he interned at Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Milwaukee Journal and Forbes.

  • Jessica Tan, Journalism Lecturer at Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological University; Contributing Writer, Forbes Asia

Over her journalism career, she has interviewed and profiled people from all walks of life — from billionaire tycoons, celebrities to the man on the street. Some of her most memorable assignments include spending a day with Warren Buffett in Omaha, Nebraska and swimming with whale sharks in Western Australia.

A seasoned journalist with nearly 15 years of industry experience, she has worked at The Straits Times, Channel i News, Dow Jones Newswires and Forbes Asia. She has been contributing to Forbes Asia since 2006.

  • Joon-Nie Lau, Assistant Director, Newsplex Asia, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University

At Nanyang Technological University, Joon-Nie heads Newsplex Asia, a convergent training newsroom and media lab in partnership with the European-headquartered World Association of Newspapers and Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Joon-Nie is also co-founder of Hacks/Hackers Singapore chapter and is a Vice-President of the Singapore Press Club.

A lawyer by training, Joon-Nie has spent over 15 years in broadcast television as a reporter, interactive producer, current affairs producer and news editor at Channel NewsAsia and its predecessors SBC News and TCS News. While on Channel NewsAsia’s International News Desk, Joon-Nie travelled extensively to countries like Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, offering Channel NewsAsia’s viewers new insights into these countries. She has won several in-house awards for reporting, executive producing and best ‘live’ coverage. In 2001, she received a Student Emmy for her Masters documentary project “Blue Sky Station: New York’s Third Chinatown”.

  • Yi Wen Chan, Co-Founder, Bolt

Yi Wen is the co-founder of Bolt Media, a content marketing platform that helps businesses tell great stories to drive brand awareness by matching them to experienced content creators and providing them with tools to effectively collaborate. Bolt has been named as one of the 8 startups to watch in 2016 by The Straits Times. Previously a journalist at The Business Times, a financial daily under Singapore Press Holdings, Yi Wen was recently featured in the inaugural Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2016 for Media, Marketing & Advertising.

  • (Moderator) Mike Raomanachai, Reporter and Anchor, Voice TV

Mike Raomanachai is a technology reporter and anchor for Voice TV, a national network in Bangkok, Thailand. He graduated with a Master Degree in Multimedia Communications at Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, where he is inspired by technology businesses in Silicon Valley. Mike is also a multimedia journalist who has been working on new reporting platforms such as live streaming and live blogging for the past 3 years.


Ron Brown Recap: All the Power to You

 The AAJA ASIA Power & Leadership Course with “Career Whisperer” Dr. Ron Brown was a full-day Saturday workshop on one of the most beautiful sunny days of the year… and no one wanted to leave, nor break out for lunch.  It was like drinking the most delicious elixir without knowing you had been thirsting for it for so long.
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It was a perfect way to kick off Dr. Brown’s Asia Tour, where he will be engaging with The Women’s Foundation, engagements at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in HK including keynote at the Club’s luncheon series, just to mention a few.

Thanks to our friends at Cathay Pacific, The V-Hotel HK, Swire Properties Upper House, Ramada… we are able to bring Dr. Brown to YOU.

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For those who still have the opportunity to join ( N3 Con Seoul, 2016 – The 6th New Now Next Conference Ron Brown’s session this Sunday, this is what is in store for you. Here’s just some of the feedback from Hong Kong session:

“This workshop was an insightful journey in breaking conventional and negative perceptions of leveraging Power to advance the corporate ladder. It enabled me to go on a deeper and personal reflection on what my career goals are, and what I should be doing in order to stay relevant…”


“I found the workshop with Dr. Ron Brown very powerful, energizing and inspiring. The session gave me confidence and courage to try new things, push ahead and overcome my deepest fears. It truly transformed the way I had been thinking. I’m now armed with many great ideas and energy to move ahead in my career. Thank you, Dr. Brown, for your magic touch. I feel empowered.”


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“I initially didn’t understand or comprehend the notion of power. But as the old adage goes, “you don’t know what you don’t know”. Ron gave us a different lens to not just view our career, but the world.”


I think there are still a few more spots available in Seoul.  When I say you should seriously flying over to attend N3C and take Ron’s workshop…. I ain’t joking.

It’s a game changer.
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Hong Kong: Talk on role of Asian American voters in U.S.

FCC in Hong Kong & the Asian American Journalist Association Asia Presents

Role of Asian American Voters in the U.S. Presidential Elections

Guest: Christine Chen
Founder, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Bert’s at the FCC in Central, Hong Kong

 7:00pm – 8:30pm

The speaker will give a short talk on the growing influence of Asian American voters in the U.S. presidential election process.

Christine Chen is the founder and executive director of APIAVote, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan organization that conducts research and polling of Asian American voters and organizes regional training and field programs to help grassroots partners mobilize Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. APIAVote is partnering with the Asian American Journalist Association to bring a Presidential Candidate Town Hall to the 2016 AAJA National Convention August 10 – 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Profiled by Newsweek in 2001 as one of 15 women who will shape America’s new century, Ms. Chen served from 2001 to 2005 as executive director of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA). She is also president of Strategic Alliances USA, a consulting firm specializing in coalition building, institutional development, and partnerships among the corporate sector, government agencies, and the nonprofit and public sector.

$ 130 (FCC MEMBERS)   $190 (GUESTS)

Please reserve with the FCC reception at (Tel) 2521 1511, (Fax) 2868 4092 or on its website, or email

Price will include 2 drinks and light canapes

Seoul event: Debate with Samsung and leukemia victims

AAJA-Asia will host a debate with Samsung officials and leukemia victims at 10am on Feb 16 (Tuesday) over the disputed workplace safety of semiconductor plants. It will be the first time for Samsung to confront leukemia victims in front of the media for a debate.
Baik Soo-ha, a vice president at Samsung, and Samsung spokesman Kim Sun-beom will attend the rare event as speakers along with four victims that have spearheaded negotiations with the world’s largest memory chip maker.


Samsung has officially declared it has officially completed its negotiations with victims over the compensation, an apology and preventive measures but some of the victims disagree. The event will take place at the office of Newsbacker, a crowdfunding platform for journalism, in Insadong, Jongno. English interpretation will be available. For more information, visit

Press Contact for the Seoul Sub-chapter of AAJA Asia:
Taehoon Lee
Title: Vice President

Recap: Tokyo talk with APIAVote founder

AAJA holiday meetup. – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

A special thanks to Christine Chen, the founder and executive director of APIAVote, who spoke to AAJA-Asia members in Tokyo in December about the U.S. presidential election and the growing influence of Asian American voters. APIAVote is a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan organization that conducts research and polling of Asian American voters and organizes regional training and field programs to help grassroots partners mobilize Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.

The nonprofit is partnering with AAJA to bring a Presidential Candidate Town Hall to the 2016 AAJA National Convention August 10 – 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Christmas Walk Around in Hong Kong

‘Tis the season to be jolly and to indulge in all the amazing Christmas decors in Hong Kong with your AAJA friends!

WHAT: 1st Annual AAJA Christmas Walk Around

When: SATURDAY, Dec. 19  5:30-7:30 PM

Meet: Four Seasons Lobby

Our very own tour guide aficionado Billy Wong from TVB will take us around to all the Christmas sites such as Statue Square, Landmark, along the Promenade, and maybe even a harbor cruise to bask in the wonderful Christmas spirit unique to Hong Kong. For those visiting or staying in Hong Kong for the holidays, come share this magical season with us.  Bring your besties and your cameras. This will be an illuminating and dazzling experience that will keep you in a happy festive mood for days!

Please RSVP with Jenny Hsu (jenny.hsu(at) by Friday.

For more info on Christmas in HK:


Photo by skyseeker, via Flickr

Recap: Trivia Bowl Fundraiser in Hong Kong


What do you get when you put a famous comedian, media teams from across Hong Kong and their supporters, amazing Silent Auction items, and a surprise visit by Miss World Canada together? That’s right, you get AAJA Asia’s First Trivia Bowl in HK!!

And if you check out all our social media feeds #BungalowHK on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter along with your usual social media contributors of all things AAJA, you’ll see the party we threw for you!! Whether you came or not 🙂


Please re-tweet, post, like, re-post, share:



Yes, there is an infamous push up contest that will go down in notoriety in AAJA Asia history. 💪 It’s all there, on social media. (Hey, it was for a good cause, no regrets!)

The idea behind Trivia Bowl is a very simple one. How to combine the powerful force of our AAJA Asia Chapter network with the passion we all have to support journalism in our region? This was our first year throwing our Trivia Bowl, and our Seoul sub-chapter will also be throwing a Trivia Bowl fundraiser. We hope this will be the start of an annual tradition!

The winners of 1st annual AAJA Asia Trivia Bowl HK: Bloomberg News “The Editors Awaken” 2nd Place: Reuters
Engraved on the AAJA Asia Trivia Bowl trophy, "We're Smarter Than You, and This Trophy Proves It."
Engraved on the AAJA Asia Trivia Bowl trophy, “We’re Smarter Than You, and This Trophy Proves It.”

Major shout out goes out to the AAJA Asia HK Team: Blessing Waung, Jung Soo Maeng, Zela Chin who were integral in helping us put this event together. Our student volunteers kept our party humming, and we will be thanking them with one-year memberships to AAJA, affiliation Asia Chapter! Rough total so far, we did raise some money for serious scholarships and J Camp, but MORE IMPORTANTLY, we raised awareness and profile of our AAJA Asia Chapter. We also look forward to more programming like this, with our new co-HK Vice Presidents: Billy Wong and Jenny Hsu!

It is our hope that we will continue to support the work of APAC journalists who see it as a public duty to ensure we all get the best information as possible so that we individuals can make the best decisions, as informed citizens… and have great fun, always! And don’t forget to renew your membership for 2016:

After all, the best is yet to come!! Keep on your calendar, our AAJA Asia N3Conference coming up in May, 2016. One of the most innovative, integrative and inspiring media conferences for journos in the APAC region, and beyond. You don’t want to miss it.

In AAJA Spirit,

Angie Lau
AAJA Asia Chapter President
Dec 2015