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East Asian Journal of Popular culture
Media & Cultural Studies

East Asian Journal of Popular culture

Any debate on popular culture in the modern age of course cannot escape the rise of the mass media. The rise and development of global media systems has led to a proliferation of a popular culture that is circulated on a mass scale. This has led on the one hand to the global dominance of American-led cultural products and images such as film, music and consumer goods… Continue reading

Havana is an anomaly, an enigma, a conundrum
Visual Arts

Havana is an anomaly, an enigma, a conundrum

The panoply of influences swirling about the island has also forged standards of beauty and fashions particular to its melting pot status. For example, the ideal Cuban woman is pear-shaped, like a Spanish guitar, full-bodied, buxom, and with carnita (a little bit of meat) on her bones – diametrically opposed to the wispy waifs glorified by the global movie and modeling industry… Continue reading