British Invasion vs. Korean Invasion
by Cynthia Andrianjatovo In an earlier post, I wrote about how k-pop bands are starting to edge into the American market. Well, it seems like “Popdust”, an American website dedicated to giving the latest news and music-centric analyses of pop culture, has picked up on this in their latest edition of “Pop-off”, a poll in which voters choose “this week’s most...
NATO pulls out of Afghan ministries after Kabul... →
“NATO has withdrawn all its personnel from Afghan ministries after two senior US officers were shot dead in the interior ministry building in Kabul… … Afghan security has signally failed to find a strategy to prevent the killing of NATO forces at the hands of Taliban infiltrators and rogue soldiers. One senior Afghan general said it was “a nightmare that refuses to go...
The BJP at it again
“Amarnath Tewary was subjected to a prolonged assault in a public area” (BBC) It appears that the BJP has once again struck out against those who speak out against its policies, though the target of the attack caught me by surprise. I didn’t think the BJP would have the temerity to attack a BBC journalist considering his connections with Western media. It is unfortunate, but...
Japan Emperor to Have Heart Bypass Surgery [Link] →
Japan’s Emperor Akihito, left, along with Empress Michiko, heads to the University of Tokyo Hospital, by car, in Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Emperor Akihito assumed the throne in 1989, and serves as the head of state in Japan. Previously, Japan was an absolute monarchy and its Emperors had full governing authorities. Postwar-Japan adopted a constitutional monarchy, and under...
Battle of the Girl Groups
by Cynthia Andrianjatovo Girls’ Generation with Kelly Ripa on the “Live! with Kelly” It seems as if the current trend in k-pop involves attempting to break into the American music market. Now Korean pop, originally only popular in Asia, has been making its way around the world the past few years thanks to promotion from the fans on sites like Youtube, Facebook, Tumblr, and...
Mongolia is being dug up and sold to China [Quote]– From The Economist: Our correspondent travels to Ulaanbaatar, capital of the country likely to grow faster than any other in the next decade. Mongolia has a chance of becoming a Qatar or a Brunei: a country that has only a small population but almost all of it, in global terms, loaded. To pay for...
Why China fails at football: Little Red Card... →
From The Economist The telling reasons why, at least in football, China is unlikely to rule the world in the near future… …Solving the riddle of why Chinese football is so awful becomes, then, a subversive inquiry. It involves unravelling much of what might be wrong with China and its politics. Every Chinese citizen who cares about football participates in this subversion, each with...