Category: Gender and sexuality

Gender and sexuality, Japan

Women storm bastions of male political power in Japan

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Japan’s mainstream voters show they are not averse to voting women into power On 15 September, the political glass ceiling in Japan received another dent when the main political opposition party, the Democratic Party (DP), elected Renho as its leader. This comes very soon after another significant milestone for women in politics was passed when […]

Gender and sexuality, 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 assailant. […]

China, Gender and sexuality

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 […]

Gender and sexuality, 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 […]

Gender and sexuality, Indonesia

Indonesian ‘tolerance’ under strain as anti-LGBT furore grows

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Indonesia is experiencing an unprecedented wave of anti-LGBT sentiment  If there was a single event that has incited the current wave of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Indonesia we might settle upon a minister’s affront at LGBT becoming visible in solidarity. Having been advised of a university-based LGBT support group, […]

China, Gender and sexuality

China’s new cultural revolution

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From sex toys to growing acceptance of gays, China’s sexual culture is becoming more liberal and diverse The rapidly changing sexual culture of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over the last three decades is emblematic of the country’s ongoing economic and cultural revolutions and yet inseparable from its history. When we wrote our book, […]