나는 ‘엑스-게이(Ex-Gay)’다 – News N Joy

나는 ‘엑스-게이(Ex-Gay)’다 – News N Joy

An ex-gay Korean American speaks out. I feel badly for her. If she has decided not to date women any more, then that’s her decision and I have no issues with that. Besides, sexuality is fluid, right? I know plenty of people who have “switched teams” over the last couple of decades. But why does one feel like they have to renounce their queer sexualities to declare themselves “ex-gay”? So-called conversion therapies and this kind of hetero born again stories have…

The Webtoon: A New Form for Graphic Narrative – The Comics Journal

The Webtoon: A New Form for Graphic Narrative – The Comics Journal

Informative article about a fascinating comics form. A webtoon is a combination of web and cartoon, and was coined in Korea to refer to webcomics. At first, many different terms were used to refer to these digital comics published on websites in Korea. One example is webmic (a compound of “web” and “comics”), which soon lost out to webtoon (a compound of “web” and “cartoon”; Song Yosep 123). In 2000, a Korean web portal managed by Ch’ŏllian had just created a new site for internet comics named “Webtoon.” But…

The politics of homophobia in South Korea – East Asia Forum

The politics of homophobia in South Korea – East Asia Forum

A notable element of South Korea’s general elections in April 2016 was the hypervisibility of anti-gay political rhetoric, promulgated especially by the fledgling Christian Liberal Party (CLP). An ultra-conservative Protestant political party established in March 2016, the CLP ultimately failed to gain a seat in the National Assembly — but it came close, earning 2.6 per cent of votes nationwide, just shy of the 3 per cent required for a proportional representation seat. The increased prominence of formations like the CLP signals a new chapter in religiously…

From White Privilege to White Supremacy: An Illustrated Interview with Laura Pulido – Edge Effects

From White Privilege to White Supremacy: An Illustrated Interview with Laura Pulido – Edge Effects

  … this next project is called Sangre en La Tierra, which means Blood in the Soil and it is an attempt to develop a methodology to encourage cities to grapple with their histories and geographies of foundational racial violence. Most cities, certainly in the United States, are based on histories of foundational violence, but we go to extremes to erase and forget about that. I think that if we were to actually move towards racial justice in the United States, one of the first steps would be truth and…

Silver tsunami threatens to wipe out S. Korean rural communities – Yahoo7

Silver tsunami threatens to wipe out S. Korean rural communities – Yahoo7

By 2030, a quarter of all South Koreans will be over 65 years old, and the overall population is expected to peak at around 52 million the same year before entering a period of steady decline. Source: Silver tsunami threatens to wipe out S. Korean rural communities – Yahoo7 (June 27, 2016…

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Samia Yusuf Omar earned fame as a runner, but died as a refugee. A new comic honors her. – GlobalPost

Samia Yusuf Omar earned fame as a runner, but died as a refugee. A new comic honors her. – GlobalPost

Reinhard Kleist’s latest comic book brings Olympic dreams and the refugee crisis to life. Source: Samia Yusuf Omar earned fame as a runner, but died as a refugee…

‘Tinned Beetroot: A Review of “If we all spat at once…” – The Lifted Brow

‘Tinned Beetroot: A Review of “If we all spat at once…” – The Lifted Brow

  Source: ‘Tinned Beetroot: A Review of “If We All Spat At… | The Lifted Brow (July 21, 2016…

Sangshil (2016) – Webtoon contest winner

Sangshil (2016) – Webtoon contest winner

This is wonderful graphic storytelling work, tracking the divergent life trajectories of a political prisoner and his torturer.   Source: 반헌법행위자열전 편찬위원회 – Naver Blog (July 12, 2016…

Why are there no black writers on ‘Orange Is the New Black?’ – Fusion

Why are there no black writers on ‘Orange Is the New Black?’ – Fusion

Go figure. The show addresses issues that underlie the Black Lives Matter movement, but why are there no black voices in the writers’ room? Source: Why are there no…

Open Letter in Support of Students and Faculty in University of Hyderabad by Concerned Academics in Canada – Stand with HCU | Justice for Rohith

“We, academics from Canada strongly condemn the police brutality unleashed on students and faculty at University of Hyderabad (UoH). This attack is a part of the recent spate of…

Statement of solidarity with Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India

Statement of solidarity with Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India

The following is a letter from Toronto-area faculty in solidarity with the student struggle at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India. To read and sign please follow the link…

‘세월호 진상규명 서명운동’에 보수단체 폭력 휘두르며 난동 – 민중의소리

‘세월호 진상규명 서명운동’에 보수단체 폭력 휘두르며 난동 – 민중의소리

A raucous group of 30, 40 members of a “conservative group” disrupted a petition campaign at the Seoul Station, organized by labour unions, Sewol families, and other civic…

The Failed Radical Possibilities of Queerness in India – Raiot

The Failed Radical Possibilities of Queerness in India – Raiot

“Queerness saved my life. I say this not as a romantic burst of affection for my community, but as a piece of fact about my life. It’s queerness…

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