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Our Approach

Through a combination of interviews, archival footage, stills and graphics, the documentary will explore how nationalism has affected the political, social and economic turmoil in the South China Sea.

Meet the Team


Michael Rios


Michael is a journalist who has covered national and international news for several outlets including PBS and the Associated Press. At PBS, he produced broadcast news reports and interview segments for the national affairs unit. At the AP, he wrote and edited news reports with a focus on social and political issues from the South.

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James Fierro

Video Producer

James is a filmmaker and video editor. He produced and directed a web series called “The Subverted Method” in 2015. He has experience shooting and editing footage, writing screenplays, directing production crews and managing budgets. He has also worked in corporate media, video editing, and motion graphic production.


Amy Zahn

Head Writer/Producer

Amy is a journalist, editor and producer who has written for several news outlets including The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Press-Enterprise newspaper and UCR Today magazine. Amy engages closely with members of of the community to produce stories with local impact. She is currently earning a master's degree in journalism at NYU.


Derek Burrill


Burrill is an associate professor in the Media and Cultural Studies department at the University of California, Riverside. His interests include Media Theory, Film and Television and gender studies. His work has appeared in Modern Drama, Text Technology, Social Semiotics, and Television and New Media.