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Asia, Entertainment

Contemporary Japanese Directors You Should Know

Japanese cinema has a history that spans over a hundred years. As of 2010, it is the fourth largest film industry by film production. It is also the number one Asian country that won most in the Academy Awards Best Foreign film category with four awards. With notable and legendary directors like Akira Kurosawa and Yasujirō Ozu who shaped the country’s film industry and contributed works that influenced even western cinema—it’s no doubt that Japanese cinema only


History Repeats: Japanese Internment & Islamophobia Today

Today’s news stories are filled with executive orders, immigration bans, and the “tremendous hatred” from Muslims our president says is infringing upon the USA. Rhetoric targeting Muslims is heard throughout the media, spreading fear and misinformation as political tensions escalate. What is often overlooked is the fact that America has seen this situation before. During WWII, Japanese people were targeted with strikingly similar hateful words. This ultimately led to an executive order that incarcerated mass


Why Is Anime Underrated When It’s So Great

Japanese animation, more commonly known as anime, is one of the most underrated styles of entertainment. It’s usually characterized by a distinct style of drawing, colorful graphics and unique themes. Often, this art is disregarded as “cartoons” or a geeky obsession, but to fans, it’s more than that. Anime is a diverse art form with distinctive production methods and techniques that consists of an ideal story-telling mechanism, combining graphic art, characterization, cinematography, and other forms of


5 Asian Horror Films You Probably Didn’t Know

Honestly, if you haven’t watched any horror films from Asia you’re totally missing out on a lot of great films. Some of the great films you probably have seen or heard in Hollywood: The Grudge (2004),  The Pulse (2006), Dark Water (2005) and more. The westernized version of Asian horror films will never be great as the originals and watching these films will make you love horror even more. If you are someone like me

Feminism, International

Into the World of Japan’s School Girl Culture

Japan has an obsession in turning commodities into actual material things that can be sold and bought. That’s why they have animal cafes, maid cafes, breast mouse pads, cuddle pillows and the list goes on. While it might because of a country whose culture is embedded in one that holds social control at such a high degree, we can also point our fingers with the way people live. It’s an academic-oriented society as much as

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