KATELYNN BARKLEY WRITES — To protest or not to protest? In Hong Kong, this has become a loaded question. On August 17, Hong Kong’s high court sentenced the pro-democratic, Umbrella Movement leaders, Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Joshua Wong, to several months in jail. The Chinese media has branded the…Full Article HONG KONG: THE SHAKY ROAD TO PRESERVING DEMOCRACY
KATELYNN BARKLEY WRITES–March 8 was International Women’s Day (#IWD17). And while other economically advanced countries celebrated with lectures, public gatherings and high-profile acknowledgement of the role women play in society, China suspended feminist social media accounts and encouraged women to go on a spending spree. To my XX-chromosome friends: Don’t…Full Article CHINA: OPINION: International Women’s Day Met With Gov’t Support of … Shopping
KATE BARKLEY WRITES—Taiwan may become the first Asian country to embrace the rainbow, as members of its high court began hearing arguments this week on whether same-sex marriage should be made legal. If it happens, the country’s same-sex couples will have one man largely to thank, longtime gay rights activist…Full Article TAIWAN: WILL NATION ‘EMBRACE THE RAINBOW’ OR STICK TO CONSERVATIVE PAST?
KATELYNN BARKLEY WRITES – Since the election of Donald J. Trump as next president of the United States, the country appears divided against itself. Protesters are in an uproar over the results, closing down freeways in California and marching on Trump Tower in New York City. The effect has…Full Article SOUTH KOREA: TRUMP’S THAAD MOMENT
KATE BARKLEY WRITES – Pens, apples, and pineapples were ordinary items until they came to comprise a PPAP or Pen Pineapple Apple Pen in DJ Kosaka Daimaou’s viral video. Posted almost over a month ago on August 25th, Japanese comedian/DJ Kosaka Daimaou sings about combining fruits with pens in a…Full Article JAPAN: FUNNY ASIAN MEN TAKE OVER THE INTERNET