Korean Gender Reader, Dec. 29 – Jan. 4

American Born Chinese(Source)

The front and back covers of American Born Chinese (2006) by Gene Luen Yang, my first completed book of 2013!

Body Image, Health

Korea’s Pop Music Explosion Is Fueling a Plastic Surgery Boom (Alternet; KoreAm)

The Evolution of Asian Eyebrows: A (Dia)critical Contemplation (Pasadena Art Beat)

Park Geun-Hye & Skirts: HATE this Double Standard (Korean Gender Cafe)

Wait A Minute, Did North Korea Just Get Sexy? (NK News.Org)

In Japan, Tattoos Are Not Just For Yakuza Anymore (Japan Subculture Research Center)

Foreign Cosplayers Are Welcome In Japan (Kotaku)

Is Natural Beauty More Oppressive Than Make-up? (XX Factor)

Femen’s Neocolonial Feminism: When Nudity Becomes a Uniform (Alahkbar English)

“I suspect it’s difficult for men to imagine a world in which their bodies have long been inextricably linked to their value as an individual…” (Persona)

Censorship, Media

KCSC Keeps Trivial NK Speech Blocked (Infidelworld)

Over 1,000 Films Rated in 2012 (Kobiz)

Put simply, JYJ fans are like an organized gang on Nate (Netizen Buzz)

Netizen Explains Roots of Korean Conservative Online Community (KoreaBANG)

Kim Sori’s MV teaser featuring her cameltoe rated 12+ (Netizen Buzz)


First-ever chemical castration sentence handed down (The Hankyoreh; The Marmot’s Hole)

Sexual Assault and Harassment, Child Self-defense, Domestic Violence Shelter Volunteer (Korean Gender Cafe)

Child molesters getting probation thanks to settlements with parents (The Marmot’s Hole)

가정폭력 Domestic Violence Awareness : Music & Media (Korean Gender Cafe)

Go Young Wook again accused of sexual assault against a minor (Asian Junkie; Netizen Buzz; Omona They Didn’t 1, 2)

Dating, Relationships, Marriage

Chinese Love Notes: Broken Dreams (Selly’s Little World)

Forgive me a little sentimentality on a Sunday morning (I’m No Picasso)

Education, Parenting, Demographics

안녕히 계세요 (Shotgun Adventures)

South Korea Prepares The Young For A Rapidly Aging Population (NPR)

Low South Korean birth rate raises fears (The Financial Times; free registration required)

Unwed mothers call for Park’s attention (The Korea Times)

Surge in Twins as Older Couples Seek Fertility Treatment (The Chosun Ilbo)

N. Korea moving into aging society (The Korea Times)

Test Me: The Relationship Between TOEIC & Communicative Competence (Scribblings of the Metropolitician)

Economics, Politics, Workplaces, Ladygate

One Small Step for a Woman, One Giant Leap Backward for the Nation (Asiapundits)

Beate Gordon, Long-Unsung Heroine of Japanese Women’s Rights, Dies at 89 (The New York Times)

LGBT, Sexuality

HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign in Seoul (The Kimchi Queen)

Reading List: Becoming a Female-to-Male Transgender (FTM) in South Korea (The Kimchi Queen)

The Gay Teen-Boy Romance Comic Beloved by Women in Japan (The Atlantic)

Gay star Hong Suk Chun’s guesting on ‘Radio Star’ receives a favorable response (Netizen Buzz)


AIDA MAKOTO: Monument To Nothing (Art Exhibition Reviews) (Japan Subculture Research Center)

Pop Culture

When culture meets decorum (radio-palava) (Angry K-pop Fan)

New Year, New Look, New SNSD? (Seoulbeats)

Girls’ Generation has a boy and some serious gender troubles (Beyond Hallyu)

The Year in Korean Movies (Spoiler Alert: ‘Wow’) (Mark Russell’s Website)

Block B files suit against Stardom Entertainment for lack of payment, wants contract nullified (Asian Junkie; Angry K-Pop Fan; Omona)

Raining on Rain’s Parade: Celebrity Soldiers and Special Treatment (Seoulbeats)

The concept of T-ara’s new Sexy Love MV is quite dehumanizing and it reeks objectification (Angry K-pop Fan)

Has K-pop Lowered Our Music Standards? (Omona They Didn’t)

Jung So-min: “Watching my bed scene with my parents was awkward” (Dramabeans)

PSY: What would have happened if a foreign singer had sung anti-Korean songs? (The Marmot’s Hole)

Congratulations Psy on your tremendous success! Time to become a vegetarian and ride a bicycle to work (Korea: Circles and Squares)

Social Problems

Y’all are funny. Just stare back? This is Incheon. (I’m No Picasso)

Normal Sadism, Weak Boundaries, and Social Unhappiness (Gord Sellar)

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