Week 14: Asian Public Relations

I was rather disappointed by the chapter from Chia and Synnott’s book on the topic of focusing on Asian PR. As a Singaporean, I do not find the portrayal of Asian countries to be very accurate or fair. While I recognise that in any thesis on such a hugely varying (sociologically and geopolitically) region is somewhat vulnerable to over specification if too much attention is paid to detail. Nonetheless, any thesis trying to draw a huge bracket over the whole of Asia loses a whole lot of meaning by way of the hugely diverse populace of Asia. This would still be acceptable, if not for the fact that the chapter tries to construe a consistent PR perspective on the whole of Asia, and along the way assumes that the entirety of the United States is more singular in nature than China, Japan, or South Korea… or any other Asian nation.

Furthermore, the article suffers from some factual errors that suggest that little or no research was done before writing the piece or that it was written very arbitrarily. It seems that this is somewhat of an oddity. I will discuss all of my criticisms of the piece in the following 9 min+ Youtube video. Please follow up by watching the video

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