AZN

Posted on February 28, 2014 commentaires
Après le grand succès de la première AZN de l’année, la soirée revient un peu plus tôt que prévu : vendredi 28 février au Toro. Et comme le flyer ne l'indique pas, c'est aussi l'occasion de célébrer la sortie des nouveaux albums des SNSD et des 2NE1 ! « Les playlists de l'AZN fêteront les nouveaux albums des deux plus grands girlsbands d'Asie, qui sortiront en même temps cette semaine le 24 février, avec un doublé et VS toutes les 30/40mn^^ »

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul อภิชาติพงศ์ วีระเศรษฐกุล 「Mysterious Object At Noon」

Posted on February 24, 2014 commentaires

Dans le cadre du 「Nouveau Festival」 du centre Pompidou programmé par Charles de Meaux, deux films inédits en salle d'Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 「My Mother’s Garden」 et 「Mysterious Object At Noon」, seront projetés le 24 février, le 2 et le 8 mars 2014 !

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Boys Republic 소년공화국 「Video Game」

Posted on February 20, 2014 commentaires


Pour 「Video Game」, Boys Republic revient avec ce qui pourrait passer pour de la K-pop de base : chanson bien produite (au rythme robotique vraiment bien, dommage que le vocal soit trop expressif), visuels soignés et chorégraphie millimétrée. Oui, et ben pas seulement, tout cela relève d'un concept super réfléchi :

[Fantasy Trilogy - Fantasy into Reality]

The aim of the Fantasy Trilogy is “Boys Republic to make your fantasy come true.” Boys Republic will release three different titles in the 1H to complete the Fantasy Trilogy and Boys Republic has prepared three different style of music, performance and style to fulfill the fantasy and make it real.

Boys Republic has started the Fantasy Trilogy campaign by releasing concept image on the official SNS channels and putting the posters in central Seoul and other crowd places from 5th, Feb.

[Super Heroes in the Video Game]
「Video Game」 is the first title for Fantasy Trilogy that is produced KT Park and written by Jin Choi and Danish song writer Mage. 「Video Game」 is Hybrid-electronic Trap (H.E.T) genre that has Electronic sound with Trap.

「Video Game」 presents “the journey of reckless boys to be super heroes”.
In the lyrics of 「Video Game」, like a real video game, boys clear up the missions and be the winner of the game and win the love. With the repetitive hook line in the chorus and the heavy intense electronic bass will draw your attention and game sound effect will also entertain your fascination.

The choreography is really eye catching point for 「Video Game」. The choreography reflects the true video game scenes with Canon dance and Airplane dance.

Ah. C'est donc bien ça : chanson bien produite, visuels soignés et chorégraphie millimétrée.


Boys Republic 「Video Game」 (Story Ver.) - sorti le 20 février 2014.


Boys Republic 「Video Game」 (Dance Ver.) - sorti le 20 février 2014.

Boys Republic
Official Daum Fan Cafe : http://cafe.daum.net/BoysRepublic
Official Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/officialboysrepublic
Official Twitter : https://twitter.com/officialBoysRep
Official Instagram : http://instagram.com/universalmusickorea
Official YouTube Channel : http://www.youtube.com/user/BoysRepublicOfficial
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Awkwafina 「Yellow Ranger」

Posted on February 11, 2014 commentaires
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& Other Stories 「Michelle & Jenny: A Love Story」

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Jenny Shimizu et sa compagne, Michelle Harper, égéries de la dernière campagne d’& Other Stories, la ligne haut de gamme d’H&M !





Pour rappel, reprenons une partie du post de Barbi(e)turix !! parce qu'il est très bien et qu'on est très flemmard :

[...] Jenny Shimizu, mannequin connue pour avoir été l’égérie androgyne vedette du parfum Calvin Klein ck one, signe avec cette collaboration, son retour sur la scène médiatique. Pour celles qui vivraient dans un igloo, Jenny est une des rares lesbiennes outées du monde de la mode. La belle n’a jamais caché son orientation sexuelle et s’est même fendue de quelques petites apparitions sur grand écran, dans des rôles consacrés. Un petit tour par le tonitruant 「Itty Bitty Titty Committee」, dans lequel elle incarne la colocataire artiste Laurel ainsi qu’un rôle dans la version initiale de 「Foxfire」 (1996), où elle joue en compagnie de... guess who ? Angelina Jolie. Entre les deux bombasses, le courant est plutôt bien passé, puisque Angelina ne s’était pas gêné pour déclarer dans la presse qu’elle aurait épousée Jenny si elle n’avait pas été déjà engagée (à Johnny Lee Miller, pas à Brad). Aah sacrée Angie !

Michelle Harper quant à elle, est une sorte d’ovni fashion dont raffole les magazines. Cette socialite twitteuse compulsive qui instagramme chacune de ses sorties médiatiques est aussi une business woman, consultante et membre de direction du CFDA (le conseil des créateurs de mode aux États-Unis). Véritable aimant à street-style, la belle colombienne s’est donc amusé à piocher dans la nouvelle collection d’& Other Stories, les pièces qui lui plaisaient le plus. Le résultat est à la hauteur du couple. Flashy et atypique. [...]

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Steven Borowiec 「South Korea’s LGBT Community Is Fighting for Equal Rights」

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One prominent couple’s effort to get same-sex marriage recognized is helping to raise awareness in a mostly conservative country

Last September, two men held South Korea‘s first same-sex wedding on a bridge in Seoul, to the applause of hundreds of guests and the soaring voices of a choir. The ceremony carried no legal weight — same-sex unions are not recognized in South Korea — but the couple and their legal advisers are now moving forward with a legal challenge that they hope will put South Korea in the vanguard of same-sex equality in Asia.

The cause is being helped by the fact that the Kims are high-profile professionals from South Korea’s glamorous film industry. Kim Jho Kwang Soo, 48, is a prominent director, while producer Kim Seung Hwan, 29, is CEO of Rainbow Factory, a production house known for its LGBT output. “We realized we could be an example to others and that it was selfish not to use our positions as public figures to push for change,” Kim Seung Hwan told TIME.

Change has been a long time coming for this socially conservative nation. Homosexuality is not illegal in South Korea (or expressly legal), but before the late 1980s the country was ruled by dictatorial regimes and citizens enjoyed few civil liberties, never mind sexual rights. A small and tentative LGBT movement emerged in the 1990s, but even in the year 2000, when prominent actor Hong Seok Cheon came out as gay — the first Korean entertainer to do so — he lost all his TV, film and radio contracts.

As recently as 2007, a Pew Research Center Attitudes Survey found that just 18 percent of South Koreans felt that homosexuality should be tolerated. But there is some good news: during a similar survey last June, the figures shot up, with 39 percent of respondents now having no objections to homosexuality. That’s not a high figure, to be sure, but it’s more than double the last one and could suggest that change is happening quickly now that it’s finally arrived.

“Koreans are really beginning to engage the phenomenon [of homosexuality] on their own terms, and realize that it’s not something imported from the West, but that homosexuality has always been a part of life in Korea,” said Brite Divinity School professor Stephen Sprinkle, who is the first openly gay tenured-professor at his institution and author of the book Who Trampled The Rainbow Flag?: Remembering the Death of Victims of Hate Crime Against the Sexual Minority.

Article 11 of South Korea’s constitution states “there shall be no discrimination in political, economic, social or cultural life on account of sex, religion or social status.” However, conservatives and religious groups say that this equality was never meant to extend to same-sex marriage. The government has also been cautious, rejecting the Kims’ application for a marriage license last November.

Objecting vocally to any recognition for the LGBT community is South Korea’s powerful and well-funded Christian lobby, which few politicians seem willing or able to take on. Last April, under pressure from Christian groups, two Democratic Party lawmakers withdrew a bill that would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Religious groups aren’t afraid to take the fight to the streets either. During the Kims’ wedding, a Christian fundamentalist forced his way onstage and attempted to douse the couple with a mixture of fermented soybean paste and human excrement. No one was injured and the ceremony went on. “Fortunately guns are illegal in Korea,” says Kim Seung-hwan philosophically.

South Korea’s LGBT movement is meanwhile taking inspiration from its successful peers in Europe and North America. “We looked to those cases and thought that with effort, the same kind of progress could be possible here,” Kim Seung-hwan says. Adds Lee Na-ra, an activist with the civic group Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights in Korea: “In many ways our country’s development was based on denying individual rights. Now that we’ve reached a higher stage of development, more people are making efforts to assert their rights as individuals.”

Kim Seung Hwan says that the next step is to challenge the refusal of a marriage license, which he doesn’t expect will be successful. Following that, they plan to take their case to the Constitutional Court where they’ll appeal on the grounds of Article 11. The couple is prepared for a long fight. “As a gay man, and when I was single, I always felt like I had to face everything by myself,” Kim Seung Hwan says. “Now I think of myself as part of a greater whole.”

Author: Steven Borowiec/Date: February 11, 2014/Source: http://time.com/6575/south-koreas-lgbt-community-is-fighting-for-equal-rights/
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66 Minutes 「Jumelles séparées : le jour des retrouvailles」

Posted on February 09, 2014 commentaires

66 Minutes 「Jumelles séparées : le jour des retrouvailles」 - diffusé le 9 février 2014. Le bonheur est dans le pré, gare de Lyon Part Dieu, mamie qui pleure... boring!

Alors que la France est dépossédée de the remarkable true story d’Anaïs & Samantha par les États-Unis, dans la série jumelles-séparées-depuis-leurs-adoptions-et-réunies-par-Facebook : 「66 Minutes」 nous présente Siam & Fabienne ! Celles-ci sont de bonnes franchouillardes d’origine vietnamienne, rien à voir avec les Korean American actress et London based French fashion designer. De fait, le ton d’M6 est tout de suite moins glamour que sur ABC ! Alors que la télévision américaine tire les grosses ficelles de la com du cœur, les frenchies traitent l’info comme les inondations de Quimperlé : zéro émotion. Vu l’efficacité d’M6 à raconter les histoires intimes des « pipoles » ou même à décrire l’horreur de faits divers sordides, c’est dommage !


ABC News 「Adopted Twin Sisters a World Apart Reunited After Being Separated at Birth」 - posté le 11 février 2014. Du rire, des larmes, de l'amour, ah... so inspiring!
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Craig Takeuchi 「Mr. Gay Canada 2014: Coquitlam's Christepher Wee advocates diversity as social education」

Posted on February 07, 2014 commentaires
Mr. Gay Canada 2014 Christepher Wee led the WinterPRIDE parade through Whistler Village.

WHISTLER — Christepher Wee is the first Asian Canadian to win the title of Mr. Gay Canada. But he says he hadn't given much thought about his racial identity.

“Live your life as best you can as a humanitarian and your labels fall secondary,” he says of his personal philosophy. “For me, I don’t go through life helping someone…because I’m Chinese or I’m an LGBT member. I’m doing it because I’m a human being and that’s what we should be doing.”

On the other hand, Wee, in an interview with the 「Georgia Straight」 at the Whistler Conference Centre, says that what partly inspired him to enter the contest was Miss New York Nina Davuluri, who won Miss America 2013, and Miss California Crystal Lee, who was first runnerup.

After seeing an Indian American and Chinese American top the Miss America pageant, he began to wonder what was available for gay men. He had grealtly admired the initiative of a friend who quit his job to do charity work in Cambodia, and he in turn wondered what could be done on a national or international level. After stumbling upon Mr. Gay Canada in a Google search, he decided to give it a go.

Regional competitions were held in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Victoria, and Vancouver. After a three-day competition during Whistler’s WinterPRIDE LGBT ski week that included sports, fashion, and public speaking challenges, Wee won the title on January 30 — which was Chinese New Year’s Eve, no less. (He inherits the position from 2013 winner Danny Papadatos.)

Wee, who was born in Singapore to ethnic Chinese parents from Singapore and Malaysia but grew up in Vancouver, was surprised to receive hundreds of Facebook messages thanking him, particularly from Asia.

“I had messages like ‘I’m so proud of you. You represent us Asians,’” he says. “I didn’t even think I was Asian when I was applying and it really hit me when I got all these messages saying you represent us and you are our voice because part of my message was I would like to use my voice and be heard.”

The Coquitlam resident won the peoples’ choice award, the best costume award (for dressing up as a Justice of Supreme Court of Canada with a rainbow strip to represent Canada’s stance for human rights), and the Mr. Congeniality award.

Although LGBT rights in Asia have a long ways to go (even in his birthplace of Singapore, homosexuality is still illegal), he says his family was always accepting of his sexual orientation.

“I would talk to them openly about things as though it’s like daily life,” he says. “It’s not like a big deal.”

His experiences of being in the public eye in Asia, after becoming a model and actor, gave him training to be a role model. He says he felt it prepared him for the competition and helped him become a better teacher.

Teaching and education issues remain a priority for him. In his capacity as Mr. Gay Canada, he wants to work with organizations like Out in Schools, Pride Education Network, and gay-straight alliances.

“My goal is to get Out in Schools and all those programs more into our school system, especially outside of the city,” he says.

By doing so, he believes all students will benefit by improving their social skills.

“Every person needs to learn how to live in society. The young, they learn how to be more understanding and whatnot, it will help them in their workplace. It will help them when they go to postsecondary, or if they move out of the country. When we move out of the country and live in different places, you have to adapt to different cultures…so I think it’s a good thing for kids to learn at a young age.”

He prefers not to use the word “inclusion” because he feels it emphasizes who isn’t included.

“For me, it’s more like a celebration of the diversity in the school, whether it’s gender or religion or your race or your sexual orientation [and it’s important] to learn from each other about the differences and celebrate those differences.”

Wee hopes to meet with city councillor Tim Stevenson, who is currently on a mission to the Sochi Winter Olympics to advocate for LGBT rights, and he will also go on to compete in the Mr. Gay World competition in August in Rome, Italy.

While he feels that Canada has significantly progressed thanks to previous generations of LGBT pioneers and activists who fought for rights and acceptance, he cites Russia as an example of how things can change for the worse.

“We can’t just focus on Canada," he says. “We also have to look globally at how we can influence [others] as well.”

You can follow Craig Takeuchi on Twitter at twitter.com/cinecraig. You can also follow the Straight’s LGBT coverage on Twitter at twitter.com/StraightLGBT.

Craig Takeuchi

The urban beastie otherwise known as Craig Takeuchi is a UBC BA (art history/film studies) and MFA (Creative Writing program, with a screenplay thesis) graduate who has had his fiction and non-fiction work published in numerous local and national publications. He's covered a wide range of topics in film, ranging from Hollywood and Bollywood to Canadian content, as well as travel, food, the arts, and LGBT issues. He has also overseen the Straight's annual Summer in the City and Best of Vancouver issues. Also behind the scenes, he has contributed ideas for articles in numerous other sections and has also helped to address diversity issues in editorial coverage by the Straight.




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Shay Michell 「Pretty Little Liars」

Posted on February 02, 2014 commentaires


Asian Alert (ou Gaysian Alert ?) : une lesbienne à moitié philippine dans 「Pretty Little Liars」 !
Pour celles qui ne le saurait pas, c'est l'histoire de quatre copines harcelées par le mystérieux A depuis le meurtre de leur BFF ! Très alambiqué, voire complètement incohérent, des héroïnes parfois vraiment connes, des looks plus que discutables (aller en cours en robe de cocktail, se balader dans la forêt en platform shoes... seriously?), avouons-le, on adore toutes cette série !

La très belle Shay Mitchell, née d'une mère philippine et d'un père écossais-irlandais, y joue le rôle d'Emily Fields, la sportive du groupe, un peu niaise, et lesbienne donc. Dit comme ça, ça pourrait faire beaucoup de représentativité minoritaire pour un seul personnage, mais l'homosexualité est efficacement exploité, aussi bien comme caractérisation du personnage, que comme accessoire scénaristique pour la storyline principale. Emily sort du placard, mais passe vite le pathos identitaire pour se consacrer aux aventures sentimentales typiques des séries adolescentes. Seul bémol : ses partenaires sont vraiment fades par rapport à leur contrepartie hétérote.
Pour ce qui est des origines ethniques du personnage, elles ne sont jamais évoquées. Il faut dire qu'à voir Mitchell, elles sont impossibles à déterminer. Néanmoins, la série prend soin de lui caster une maman tout aussi exotique : Nia Peeples (Pam Fields), d'origine philippines-espagnoles-française-allemande du côté de sa mère, et écossaise-irlandaise-anglaise-native american-italien du côté de son père (!), et précise son héritage asiatique à l'aide de son papa : Eric Steinberg (Wayne Fields), de père juif-américain et de mère coréenne.

  
Nia Peeples et Eric Steinberg, mais attendez, DILF Alert!!

Enfin, une autre actrice de la série a des origines asiatique... Surprise bitches! Janel Parrish est née d'un père caucasien et d'une mère chinoise. Elle joue le rôle de Mona Vanderwall, on ne peux rien dire de plus au risque de spoiler, mais n'est-ce pas déjà un spoiler ? Vous verrez bien !

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