Korean Gender Reader

Not really related to Korea sorry, but Derek Kim and Les McClaine, two of my favorite cartoonists, do need to sell 8-10,000 physical copies of the first chapter of Tune to keep the excellent web-series going. Just $9.86 on Amazon, or — I’m very happy to report for Korea-based readers — 20, 390 won at What The Book, I’m just about to order a copy for myself and (hopefully) my daughters. See here for the details, and please: don’t click on page 1 of Chapter 1 unless you’ve got a few hours to spare!

Announcements

Video: Girls’ Generation? Gender, (Dis)Empowerment and K-pop by Dr. Stephen Epstein (Royal Asiatic Society)

Busan Biennale 2012, September 22 – November 24 (Busan Haps)

Body Image/Health:

Breast in show: the art of plastic surgeon Han Xiao (Want China Times)

Queer Corner: Gendered Beauty Standards (Korean Gender Cafe)

Plastic-Fantastic or Robotronic-Loverholic? (Seoulbeats)

How Savvy Chinese People Avoid Toxic Food, Goods Produced in China (Asia Society)

German magazine rethinking ‘no models’ policy (The Korea Herald)

Objectifying Cyclist Jenny Fletcher (Sociological Images)

Firms focus more on employees’ health (The Korea Times)

Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams (The Guardian)

The Daegu International Body Painting Festival 2012 in South Korea (The Telegraph)

Look at Me! I’m on a Diet! The Girls Generation Diet!! (The Unlikely Expat)

The Mosquito Truck (Ask a Korean!)

Censorship/Protest:

G-Dragon new MV ‘That beeeeep’ will be censored with lots of annoying beeeeeeeeeeeps (Omona They Didnt)

Protecting Sources & Risking Lives: The Ethical Dilemmas of Japanese Journalism (Japan Subculture Research Center)

Constitutional Court of Korea Declares Internet Real-Name Online Identification System Unconstitutional (The Korea Law Blog)

Military’s moral education has a political agenda (The Hankyoreh)

Protests, public space in Seoul, and cyberspace – Part 5 (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

Filming curtailed in ‘suicide forest’ (Visual Anthropology of Japan)

Crime:

Suspect in Naju’s child abduction-rape case admits to crime (Yonhap)

Drunk Man Kidnaps, Rapes and Leaves Girl with Internal Injuries (Korea Bang)

Police request arrest warrant against child rape suspect (The Korea Times)

Police revive stop and search to help fight violent crimes (The Korea Herald; The Korea Times)

Need systematic crackdown on child pornography; South Korea is world’s sixth largest distributor of child porn (The Hankyoreh)

Courts slammed for light sentences on sex offenders (The Korea Times)

The War on Crime (The Marmot’s Hole)

Crimes rekindle debate over capital punishment (The Korea Herald; The Korea Times; The Hankyoreh; Korea Real Time)

SKorean juries give sex offenders harsher punishments (Asian Correspondent)

Ex-doctor proposes surgical castration (The Korea Herald)

Government to recruit 1,250 more police, probation officers (The Korea Times)

Korea’s new war on vice (Korea Law Today)

Dating/Relationships/Marriage:

Ask the Yangxifu: Should I Wear a Qipao in My Chinese Wedding? (Speaking of China)

Korean Hugs vs American Hugs (Gyopo Keith)

Reply to “I’M AN ASIAN WOMAN AND I REFUSE TO EVER DATE AN ASIAN MAN” (AMWW Magazine)

A Story of Sexism, Chinese Men and Who Should Wash the Dishes (Speaking of China)

Does Waiting Six Months To Have Sex Improve Relationships? (XX Factor)

A love letter from the past (The Marmot’s Hole)

Yangxifu Pride: Pinterest Boards on Chinese Men and Western Women in Love (Speaking of China)

History:

The Anti-Rising Sun Flag:Are the ghosts of the past still haunting us? (The Marmot’s Hole)

LGBT/Sexuality:

Tokyo women weigh in on the possibility of participating in porn pictures (The Tokyo Reporter)

K-dramas and “Pseudo-Homosexuality”: What Gives? (Seoulbeats)

Gay groups up in arms over sexuality education textbook in Hangzhou (Shanghaiist)

Reading List- Remembered Branches: Towards a Future of Korean Homosexual Film (The Kimchi Queen)

K-Drama’s More Literal (And Laudable) Takes On Homosexuality (Seoulbeats)

Queer Corner: Violence in a Label – 마짜, 때짜, 올 (Korean Gender Cafe)

More to learn about LGBT travel trends from South Korea (Travel Daily News)

Gayspeak: 떼박/Orgy (The Kimchi Queen)

Gender-bendy hijinks from Oohlala Spouses (Dramabeans)

Miscellaneous:

A Culture of Copying (ZenKimchi)

In the Victorian Age, astronomy and nudity went hand in hand (io9; NSFW)

Paper Tigers: What happens to all the Asian-American overachievers when the test-taking ends? (New York Magazine)

Goodbye Reverend Moon (1920-2012). Let’s consider what happens next. (Korea Law Today)

Do men and women really (literally) see the world differently? (io9)

Naomi Wolf’s Vagina:

Ariel Levy on Naomi Wolf’s “Vagina” (Bitch)

Neuroscientists take aim at Naomi Wolf’s theory of the “conscious vagina” (io9)

Naomi Wolf: ‘Neural wiring explained vaginal v clitoral orgasms. Not culture. Not Freud’ (The Guardian)

Naomi Wolf’s book Vagina: self-help marketed as feminism (The Guardian)

Tunnel of Love (The Economist)

Politics/Economics/Workplaces:

For ‘losers’, Korean society is unforgiving (The Hankyoreh)

In Japan, Retirees Go On Working (Bloomberg Business Week)

How the 5-day workweek changed Korean employment (The Hankyoreh)

Cancer, Death and Samsung’s Semiconductor Factories (The Three Wise Monkeys)

Inside Korean Work Culture: Overworked and Underappreciated (The Three Wise Monkeys)

The Greying Radicals in Korea and How they May Harm Your Korean Business (The Korean Law Blog)

Female muscle: Now is not a good time to be a man (The Economist)

Pop Culture:

Unpopular Opinion: Psy Isn’t Doing K-pop Any Favors (Seoulbeats)

Gangnam Style: After 100 million downloads, maybe I should say something (Korea Law Today)

There is No Such Thing as ‘Gangnam Style’ (The Three Wise Monkeys)

What does Gangnam Style mean? (Cute in Korea)

Why do the opinions of netizens bear so much weight on the K-Pop industry? (Netizen Buzz)

Korean Culture Through K-pop 102: Will You Marry Me? (Seoulbeats)

Why It Makes Me Sorry That Hwayoung Is Sorry (Seoulbeats)

Netizens label YG Entertainment’s Jennie Kim a bullying bitch based on … uh … nothing (Asian Junkie)

G-Dragon, “One of a Kind”: a 3-and-a-half-minute ego trip (My First Love Story)

Is K-Pop Sustainable? Tom Coyner by IPG’s Senior Adviser (The Korean Law Blog)

Pregnancy/Abortion/Childbirth/Demographics/Parenting/Education/Multiculturalism:

For the Love of All That’s Holy: You Don’t Lose Your Identity When You Become a Parent, You Lose Your Minutes (Jezebel)

South Korea Struggles With Fewer Troops; U.S. Military With Fewer Dollars (Real Clear Politics)

Dinosaurs and indoor pools – the lighter side of childhood in China (Seeing Red in China)

Grown Korean adoptees return to birth country to fill in the missing gap (The Korea Times)

More Or Less: Why, as people get richer, do they have fewer children? (The Economist)

As education levels rise, fertility drops (Korea Joongang Daily)

Number of women giving birth over 40 doubles in a decade (The Korea Times)

Statistics on foreigners in Korea, and the ROK before the CERD (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

On Feeding (On Becoming a Good Korean (Feminist) Wife)

Multiracial families and military service (The Korea Times)

Korean scientists counter creationists on textbook controversy (The Hankyoreh)

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