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The pace of change in international media, culture and communication has accelerated today, and a more significant change in the global environment over the past two decades has been the rise of Asia. The emerging consequences at multiple levels deserve to be analyzed and explored fully in an increasingly global, digital, gendered and mobile environment of the media. The digital spreadability and symbolic potency of the media is a pronounced case of the crossover of culture, economy and politics. The plausibly powerful capacity of the media, deeply ingrained in what people take for granted, should be recognized in any attempt to understand the phenomenon of transnational mobility and mobile Asia. Multiple mobilities and tensions are expressed in the context of a significantly mobile Asia, between public and private spheres, between online and offline communications. The chapter also presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book.