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Spectrosynthesis, the first LGBTQ exhibition in an art museum in Asia

Spectrosynthesis, the first LGBTQ exhibition in an art museum in Asia

2015 was a significant year in the world LGBT movement with a boldening of the “7-colored rainbow”. But that rainbow did not quite reach the Asian continent. Much of Asia was yet unwilling to accept rights of sexual minorities due to objections on the basis of religious and cultural values. And then came May 2017, […]

An Overview of LGBT Rights in Asia: Focus on Taiwan

An Overview of LGBT Rights in Asia: Focus on Taiwan

2015 was a significant year in the world LGBT movement with a boldening of the “7-colored rainbow”. But that rainbow did not quite reach the Asian continent. Much of Asia was yet unwilling to accept rights of sexual minorities due to objections on the basis of religious and cultural values. And then came May 2017, […]

The Art of the Brick

The Art of the Brick

 “Dreams are built…one brick at a time!”  The global touring exhibition The Art of the Brick, based on Nathan Sawaya’s artworks, is hosted by the Ara Art Museum in Seoul. People can visit the venue until February 4th, 2018. The American artist uses LEGO bricks to create his artwork, transforming colorful blocks into awe-inspiring creations. […]

[Book Review] Two Moons, Two Realities

[Book Review] Two Moons, Two Realities

1Q84, Haruki Murakami, Shinchosa, Japan, 2009 (book 1 & 2), 2010 (book 3) Over 900 pages in length and published in two volumes (the first containing Books 1 and 2, the second, Book 3), 1Q84 is a novel written by world-renowned author Haruki Murakami. Set in 1984 Tokyo, 1Q84 vacillates between two characters: Aomame, a […]

[Book Review] Agatha Christie, the Queen of the Crime

[Book Review] Agatha Christie, the Queen of the Crime

(Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie, Collins Crime Club, 1934) Set in the 1930s, Murder on the Orient Express is a detective novel written by Agatha Christie featuring Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, a clever and private detective. Poirot is on the Orient Express but the train is caught in the snow. When one of […]

Can “Okja” Open an Intergenerational Debate on Meat Consumption?

Can “Okja” Open an Intergenerational Debate on Meat Consumption?

Okja: the movie that makes you think Since the age of four, Mija (Ahn Seo-hyun) has raised Okja, a massive animal and her best friend, alongside her grandfather (Byun Hee-bong) in a forest of South Korea. However, Okja was not hers to have. An American corporation, Mirando, simply loaned those big pigs to farmers across […]

“Salt of the Jungle” Exhibition to commemorate Korea-Vietnam diplomatic relations

“Salt of the Jungle” Exhibition to commemorate Korea-Vietnam diplomatic relations

  Salt of the Jungle Exhibition,  (open August-October) created to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Korea-Vietnam diplomatic relations, is hosted by the Korea Foundation Gallery in Seoul, focusing on the perspectives of young Korean and Vietnamese artists who shared similar historical moments and experiences. Both countries faced rapid changes in the past 30 years. On […]

Dabbawalas’ Mission: Delivery Food On Time, Every Time

Dabbawalas’ Mission: Delivery Food On Time, Every Time

Dabbawala delivery system Around 5,000 workers distribute more than 200,000 tiffins (Indian English word for the light meal during midday) every workday in Mumbai. Founded in 1890, the Dabbawala service begins with picking up lunches from families’ homes and then delivering them to people’s offices. The service is very cheap (customers pay around $7 to […]

Marguerite Duras’ Universe of Love

Marguerite Duras’ Universe of Love

Title: The Lover Author: Marguerite Duras Publication information: Les Éditions de Minuit, 1984 (first edition)   It won the Goncourt Prize in 1984 as the semi-autobiographical novel-turned-movie directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud in 1992. Set around the backdrop of French colonial Vietnam, The Lover reveals the intimacies of a clandestine romance between a fifteen-year-old girl from […]

Ximen Nao’s six reincarnations under the Chinese Communist Party

Ximen Nao’s six reincarnations under the Chinese Communist Party

Life and death are wearing me out   Mo Yan, Arcade Publishing (Eng. trans.), 2008,   In 1948, Ximen Nao, a rich landowner, was executed by the sharecroppers who were working for him. He felt he had been unjustly murdered since he thought he had been an excellent landlord. After spending two years in the […]

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