Culture

  1. K-pop girl group Twice have cancelled two Japanese concerts, originally scheduled for mid-April, amid the global coronavirus outbreak. The news comes a week after K-pop superstars BTS postponed all shows scheduled for the US this year due to the pandemic.An announcement on the band’s official Japanese website said “Twice World Tour 2019 ‘Twicelights’ in Japan”, scheduled to be held at Tokyo Dome on April 15 and 16, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.“In light of the situation…
  2. K-pop giants BTS lifted the spirits of their fans worldwide when they appeared on a prime-time special episode of The Late Late Show Starring James Corden via video link from South Korea and performed their 2019 single, Boy With Luv.Other artists appearing on Monday’s special episode, titled “Homefest”, included Billie Eilish and John Legend performing from Los Angeles, Dua Lipa performing from London and Andrea Bocelli performing from Italy.Hosting the show from his garage, Corden encouraged…
  3. Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield was drawn to the Philippines by journalist Bill Mellor’s article about the remote island of Calauit. In the 1970s, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos ordered 250 indigenous families off the island so they could stock it with zebras, giraffes and other African transplants. Eventually Calauit was overrun by diseased, inbred animals.“They were a symbol of the recklessness and carelessness of wealth and power,” Greenfield tells the Post in a phone interview from her office. …
  4. Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump, by Rick Reilly, Hachette BooksGolf is the ultimate gentleman’s game, played with honour, nobility and pride. It is a game that tests a person’s mettle, examines their character, shows how they handle adversity and what they do when a bending 30-footer somehow finds the hole.Want to find the true make-up of a person? Take them to the golf course. Want to see if they pay their taxes? Watch what they do when their ball lands in the rough. If they cheat…
  5. K-pop stars and other South Korean celebrities have taken to social media to voice their anger and urge the public to sign petitions aimed at revealing and punishing those involved in the “Nth Room” sex crimes scandal that has shaken the country.Nth Room refers to a group on encrypted messaging application Telegram where graphic videos of violent sex acts – many involving underage girls – were shared to more than 260,000 members, who had paid in cryptocurrency to join the group and access…
  6. The legendary Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow will broadcast its best classic performances online for free in response to new restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus.The Bolshoi’s decision came after the Moscow mayor last Thursday ordered the closure of all non-essential services and encouraged residents to stay home.“Our country, like the rest of the world, is experiencing a very difficult time” said Vladimir Urin, general director of the Bolshoi Theatre, announcing the digital shows.“We’ve…
  7. Two Hong Kong-based filmmakers decided to give Covid-19 a human face, having seen many people become consumed by rapidly growing coronavirus case counts.The 15-minute film, Shut Off, tells the story of an unprepared Hongkonger on a business trip who is stranded in the virus’ epicentre in China, Wuhan, after the unexpected lockdown of the city. All he can do is to video call his clueless mother and wife in Hong Kong and pretend everything is fine as he gets sicker.When his smartphone becomes the…
  8. A cornerstone of the K-pop industry is its training, a process that can be tough and lengthy for many young hopefuls. And for Seulgi – who would eventually become a superstar as a member of girl group Red Velvet – her seven years of training were often filled with moments of self-doubt. However, those tough times taught her valuable lessons which have inspired her musical career. Get to know Seulgi’s inspiring story so far. Her early life Kang Seul-gi was born in Ansan, in South Korea’s…
  9. There’s no doubt social media has changed the way we communicate and interact with others. And the spread of the novel coronavirus has resulted in the cancellation of major events, the closing of public spaces and the rise of social distancing around the world.With more of our interpersonal interactions being pushed online in this time of quarantine, uncertainties loom around the lasting social impacts.A team of University of Washington psychologists is already studying the impacts of social…
  10. Ideal childhood: My grandfather went to Hong Kong University and studied Western medicine. There he met Sun Yat-sen, who was a couple of years older, and who asked if he’d join the revolution. He said he couldn’t, he had eight kids. One was my mother. During the war she was sent to China and went to Lingnan University (Guangzhou) to study agriculture, which was more like botany. Flowers were her lifelong passion and she was often trying to cross-pollinate them. My father studied at St John’s…