The Asia Journalist Association has selected and announced Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho as the recipient of the 2019 Asian of the Year award.
Since his debut in 1994 with the short film ‘White Man’, Bong has evoked deep empathy in his audiences by delving into the paradoxes and the dark sides of society in films such as Memories of Murder (2003) and The Host (2006).
This year, he unveiled Parasite, in which he approaches and exposes the class structure and conflict from a sociological perspective. Parasite, which will soon be released in the U.S, won the Palm d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
In this year of the Korean film industry’s centennial anniversary, Bong is considered one of the greatest filmmaker today. The acclaimed filmaker will receive the Asian of the Year award from the Asia Journalist Association on November 11.
Previous awardees include Indonesian President Joko Widodo (2016), Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, Alibaba Group co-founder Jack Ma (2017), Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, and Korean Football Manager Park Hang-seo (2018).
November 11, the date of the award ceremony, is also the 8th anniversary of the first publication of the AsiaN.
The Asia Journalist Association, founded in 2004 with the solidarity of over 500 reporters from 50 Asian countries, played a central role in the publication of the AsiaN.
The AsiaN, founded in 2011, is an unprecedented medium that involves the cooperation of more than 100 veteran reporters from over 30 countries that are affiliated with the Asia Journalist Association.
Published in three languages, Korean, English, and Arabic, the AsiaN produces and distributes Asian news from the Asian viewpoint in accordance to its motto of “Inspiring Asia, Empowering People, Leading Change”.
Note: This story was originally published on Sindh Courier.