Interesting article from the NYT about compulsory military service in South Korea and how athletes may be exempted but K-pop stars aren’t — yet.
South Korean men are required to serve in the military for at least 21 months. But if they “enhance national prestige” they can
BTS is certainly enhancing national prestige.
They’re huge in the US now, gave a speech at the UN, and recently made the rounds of the late night talk shows in the US and the UK. I watched them on Jimmy Fallon and Graham Norton, and the fans in the audience were deafening.
I found this dictionary thanks to a video on The Kid Should See This, introducing Kapa Haka, a traditional Maori dance. The dance was to intimidate the enemy but also to try to deescalate tensions and prevent the battle from happening.
I can’t help but see this as a metaphor for how people commute in Tokyo — each person following his or her same path every day, coming close to colliding but skillfully avoiding it, looking half-awake…
“Strangers” — a short film by Vallée Duhamel