Labour: Guilty by association?

Is it racist for someone to say, “Chinese people are bad”?

Obviously, yes of course that is racist.

Not only is it completely prejudiced to believe that based only on their outer appearance and culture, it’s also completely illogical to hate all of the one billion people that happen to live in China and the millions more around the world.

My dictionary defines racism like this:



Bubble Tea in South Korea

It’s getting warmer in South Korea. It seems as if we will have an early summer.

Queer Links from the Week

Taiwan, again! (Part 2)

My country retreat in Meinung had drawn to a close and I woke up refreshed and early for the bus back to Kaohsiung. My next destination was Kenting on the very southern tip of the island. To reach my destination I would have to return to Kaohsiung and change buses at the terminal. Three hours later I arrived in Kenting. Bus travel in Taiwan was proving to be as efficient and comfortable as it was in Korea. The buses might be a little older, but what they lack in modernity they make up for it with huge, couch-like, seats.

Taiwan, again! (Part 1)

The stars have aligned to make the beginning of this year quite unforgettable. The questionable Korean public school calendar, a bonus ten days contractual holiday for re-signing last June and my ability to be thrifty over the last few months culminated in me being able to have another adventure. Since moving to South Korea in 2010 I have used my vacation time to visit new countries and cultures. When I was younger my vacations were always spent in the Balearic Islands, snowboarding in France or a few cheeky trips to Germany with the boys. Broadening my horizons has definitely become one of, if not the key motivator when it comes to planning my travels. You may question why I visited Taiwan again for the second time in seven months. Was I in love, did I have a baby there, am I getting married, was I in trouble with the police, did I have a job there? All fair questions, but none fortunately applicable.

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Queer Links from the Week

Human Rights Monitor: Suicide of Gay Soldier Brings to Surface Military's Indifference to Sexual Minorities
Mapping Worlds: Gay in Korea: an interview with an American expat living in Seoul (not a big fan of the expat's generalizations... my comments are at the bottom under Mark)

Christmas Holiday Part 1- Taiwan!

David and I decided to spend our Christmas vacation visiting two countries, Taiwan and Japan. As per usual I had to write a report for our Korean employers. So here it is…(Remember this report is exaggerated to please our bosses!)

My 2012: While you were busy Googling ‘What is a Gangnam?’…

Reading List: Syncretism and Synchronicity: Queer'n'Asian Cyberspace in 1990s Taiwan and Korea

Over at Google Books you can read Syncretism and Synchronicity: Queer'n'Asian Cyberspace in 1990s Taiwan and Korea in 2003's Mobile Cultures: New Media in Queer Asia (though a couple of pages may not be available). The article starts on page 87.

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