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In a move that will bring its manga program very close to simultaneous English and Japanese publication, Viz Media plans to launch Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha, a weekly digital serialized manga anthology. The new weekly digital anthology will debut in January 2012 and eventually replace Shonen Jump, the popular U.S. monthly print manga anthology Viz launched in 2002, which will be phased out in March 2012.

Rainmaker Entertainment and Jane Startz Productions are teaming up to bring us The Tiger’s Apprentice by Laurence Yep. The movie will star Asian-American teen Tom Lee, orphaned when his grandmother is killed, who is protected by a mystical tiger and three other creatures from the Chinese Zodiac.

And in other Asia-centric news this week, Flavorwire showcased “10 contemporary South Asian writers you should know… from the already much-lauded to the fresh faced and new on the scene.”