Author: Tabitha Theard

JAPAN: WITH RINA AND HER ARMY, ALMOST NOTHING IS LOST IN TRANSLATION

TABITHA THEARD WRITES — Instagram and twitter have helped artists connect to fans around the world. This is one way that Rina Sawayama (pictured) and K-pop band BTS—aka Beyond the Scene, Bangtan Sonyeondan (Bulletproof Boy Scouts)—have gained popularity worldwide. As John Paul Titlo wrote in his article How Instagram Became the Music Industry’s Secret Weapon, many artists now admit to having Instagram accounts for both their music and personal PR. In fact, according to a recent Nielson Music study, Insta users listen to more music each week than the general population and are twice as likely to pay for...

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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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