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LGBTQ+ Identities

LGBTQ+ Identities

Inside a building in Mangwon, Seoul, I met with Kang Myeong-jin, Chief Organizer of the Seoul Queer Culture Festival. He explained to me details about the event and the current situation of the LGBT community in Korea. We talked about continuing issues and cultural taboos, touching on the long road to real and effective LGBT […]

People, stories, orientations

People, stories, orientations

In the conservative city of Daegu, South Korea, lives Matthew, an American man who works there. He shared his stories and life experiences as a foreign LGBT person based in South Korea.    Where are you from? I am from a rural area in the state of Pennsylvania in the United States of America, although […]

Malleable Identity, Molded Identity

Malleable Identity, Molded Identity

  What makes you you? Is it your fingerprint? Maybe the passport you show to the officer before your flight. At any first meeting, people will ask one another, “What’s your name?”, “Your job?”, or “Where are you from?”. And then you will go down the list, describing yourself according to facts that were decided […]

Buddhism is a Gender Equal Religion. Or Maybe Not.

Buddhism is a Gender Equal Religion. Or Maybe Not.

Buddhism in the Korean Peninsula Buddhism is one of the main religions in South Korea: in fact, 15.5% of the population is Buddhist. The religion first came to the Korean peninsula from China during the 4th century. Nowadays, there are the different schools of Seon (Korean Zen), Jogye Order, Taego, Cheontae, Jingak Order and Won […]

“Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a fucking sharp knife to it”: How Artists Describe the World

“Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a fucking sharp knife to it”: How Artists Describe the World

Back in 2010, when Banksy, an anonymous England-based graffiti artist and film director, visited San Francisco, his work popped up in various neighborhoods. A curator, Brian Greif, had taken off a part of the wall that had Banksy’s graffiti to preserve it; he looked for a museum that accepted the piece and since then, has […]

“We Cannot All Succeed When Half of Us Are Held Back”: The F-word and the Struggle of the Female Emancipation

“We Cannot All Succeed When Half of Us Are Held Back”: The F-word and the Struggle of the Female Emancipation

The Republic of Gilead is the authoritarian, theocratic regime that takes over the United States in The Handmaid’s Tale, a Hulu original series based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel. The TV series portrays a world overrun by misogyny and radical Christianity. The residents believe in their patriarchal society, which involves the oppression of women by […]

[Book Review] A Journey Between Literature and Philosophy

[Book Review] A Journey Between Literature and Philosophy

The Unbearable Lightness of Being By Milan Kundera, Gallimard, 1984   Set in Czechoslovakia in 1968, The Unbearable Lightness of Being explores the artistic and intellectual life of Czech society in the 1960s and 1970s across the stories of four characters. Tomas, a surgeon, has managed to separate love and sex. He has a wife, […]

[Book Review] Questioning the Role of Women in the 19th Century

[Book Review] Questioning the Role of Women in the 19th Century

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen, Thomas Egerton, 1813   Set in rural England in the early 1800s, Pride and Prejudice is a novel of the Bennett family’s story. The family includes a negligent father, a silly empty-headed mother, and five daughters: the eldest Jane, Elizabeth (also called Lizze and sometimes, Eliza), Mary, Kitty, and the […]

[Book Rewiev] Charles Bukowski, the Outsider Genius of the American Literature

[Book Rewiev] Charles Bukowski, the Outsider Genius of the American Literature

[Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness] Charles Bukowski, City Lights Publishers, 1972 Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions, and General Tales of Ordinary Madness is a paperback collection of short stories written by Charles Bukowski, published in 1972. Each story is based on first-person narration, compiling stories that are personally linked to Bukowski’s own life. […]

“Big Brother is Watching You”: a Dystopian Journey through the Rating System for the Chinese Citizens

“Big Brother is Watching You”: a Dystopian Journey through the Rating System for the Chinese Citizens

Launched on Britain’s Channel 4 in 2011 and then acquired by Netflix in 2015, Black Mirror is a tv series created by Charlie Brooker. The episodes are standalone works about the interaction between people and technology and about future behaviors. Among the episodes, Nosedive is one of the most interesting: augmented reality and a social-media […]

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