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Korea

Misogyny on the rise in South Korea’s ‘gender war’

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A shocking murder puts renewed focus on gender politics in South Korea On 17 May this year a 23-year-old woman was stabbed to death by a 34- year-old man at a unisex toilet near the Gangnam subway station in Seoul. What shocked the public most was that the victim was a total stranger to the […]

China

Television dating shows—China’s new matchmakers

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Love and marriage in today’s China are increasingly being conducted in the spotlight If not bread and butter, television dating shows have become an important ingredient of the Chinese diet. For singles, they are a platform for seeking potential spouses. For the mass audience, they are a topic for gossip. For the cultural elites, they […]

Japan

Japan’s food education campaign takes on a nationalistic flavour

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Mothers under pressure as Japan pushes return to a traditional diet The Japanese government’s shokuiku (food education) campaign entered a new phase recently that again places rice-based dishes at the forefront of the national diet. Shokuiku started in 2005 in response to concerns over rising lifestyle-related diseases, food safety and national food sufficiency, and for […]