South Korea’s Greatest Export: How K-Pop’s Rocking... →
In Seoul, everybody seems to be cashing in on the K-pop boom. As the fanbase for the catchy melodies performed by polished dance groups, pop bands, and soloists is growing, the spinoff industry around their pretty ranks is growing even faster. Tours from Japan and China bring busloads of teenagers and middle-aged women to come see K-pop concerts and do some shopping while they’re at it. Fashion...
North Korea on Sina Weibo,"Watch your mouth,... →
On March 7, Sina Weibo (China’s Twitter equivalent) got a newcomer, an account by the name of “North Korea Today”…So how well is this “old friend of China” claimed by the Chinese government received among Chinese netizens? It was welcomed wholeheartedly by surprise, contempt and ridicule. Tweets by North Korea Today received an average of 200 to 2000 comments, with...
China and Taiwan vie for a piece of Jeremy Lin
Read more of this article on CNN (link). The 6-foot-3-inch point guard was mostly sidelined by his New York Knicks basketball team until a recent chance opportunity on courtshot him to stardom a week and a half ago…But basketball’s latest wonderboy may now find himself caught in a competition of a different sort, as both China and Taiwan seek to claim the Asian-American as one of...
Bringing K-Pop to the West [link] →
An interesting article written by the New York Times about the recent role of social media in the Korean Wave as well as an appraisal of K-pop’s potential success in the West and the strategies that will and won’t work. - Cynthia
Why Asia? An American's POV
by Cody Abbey Cody in China, learning how to use chopsticks. Hey readers! As this is my very first post, I decided that I would start out by briefly introducing myself and asking a very fundamental question: why Asia? I come from a small, white town on Long Island, which I can attest is one of the most segregated suburbs in the world. The all-boys Catholic high school I attended wasn’t much...