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The Very, Very Long Way Home for Chinese New Year

Shuli Ren, Bloomberg – 25 January 2021 China’s economy hasn’t felt the detrimental effects of Covid-19 quite like other countries, in fact it is now expanding at a faster rate than before the pandemic. It is set to experience a massive first quarter GDP growth spurt this year as well, with many people having a…

Asia’s media and entertainment industry heading for V-shaped recovery?

Jennifer Tan Stanisic, AsiaOne – 27 January 2021 The entertainment industry has been one of the worst affected during Covid-19, with live music, theatres, cinemas and film and tv production all brought to a stand-still. However, in the Asia-Pacific region where countries have managed to effectively control the virus, the industry has started to get…

The ‘BTS law’: are K-pop stars serving a new kind of army?

Eunice Wu, Palatinate – 14 January 2021 In a culturally progressive move, the South Korean government have passed a new law named the ‘BTS Law’, meaning K-Pop entertainers can postpone their compulsory military service. This new law comes into effect after the culture minister stressed the contribution of such performers to the Korean economy and…

K-pop fans question the importance of the K

Yoon So-Yeon, Korea JoongAng Daily – 26 January 2021 Just as the popularity of K-Pop has transcended across borders, a few Korean fans have instead turned inward and conservative over the industry that has boosted South Korea’s economy massively. Despite this, others say it’s important to accept the global success of Korean idols as “the…

The death of K-pop

David Tizzard, The Korea Times – 24 January 2021 In comparison to the dazzling lights of K-Pop concerts and the bright colours on their social media feeds, this article on The Korea Times by David Tizzard is a somewhat more sombre account of the industry’s global achievements. Tizzard uses the theme of changing trends to…

Singapore Art Week 2021: 5 Digital Highlights

Hashirin Nurin Hashimi, Tatler Singapore – 22 January 2021 The pandemic has caused industries to adapt to an unprecedented environment, with home-working, digitalisation and new technologies becoming the norm of day-to-day life. This is no different for the arts industry, with Singapore Art Week 2021 adopting this new means of reality to present this year’s…

Facebook’s push into Asia-Pacific runs into political hurdles

Hannah Murphy and John Reed, Financial Times – 6 January 2021 Mark Zuckerberg managed to conquer the west in building his Facebook empire, however now that the growth in usage of the social media platform in this region has flattened out, he has set his sights on the APAC region. Penetrating this market has not…