Author: Tabitha Theard

NORTH KOREA: Defector Using Rice-Filled Water Bottles to Assist Future Defectors

TABITHA THEARD WRITES — Rice, water bottles, and bicycle tubes are not usually seen as political statements, but in South Korea, activists are using these items to inspire hope and encourage more North Koreans to become defectors and flee their country. According to Fars Ghani from Aljazeera, approximately 31,000 North Koreans have defected into South Korea since the end of the Korean War—including Kim Yong-hwa. After being accused of not being loyal to the state, Kim fled to China to save his life. He experienced numerous hardships there because of his defector status, constantly being pursued by authorities and...

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The Rise of the Zine in Asian Youth Counter-Culture

TABITHA THEARD WRITES – The word “zine” may bring to mind Portland, Oregon in the 1990s, where grunge music, punk fashion and all things counterculture were the rage. But the humble print format is enjoying a renaissance, as Asian youth from Hong Kong to London embrace the zine as a means of expression. Dating back to the early 1920s, zines (short for magazine or fanzine) are self-published pamphlets or magazines filled with art, essays and other creative works by local contributors. After compiling enough material, editors lay out the material and, typically, photocopy and staple the publication together for...

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