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Music News: SMTown, YGFamily, and now JYP Nation? November 11, 2010

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‘JYP NATION’ is now ranked 5th on the trending topics on twitter.

The top 3 entertainment companies in Korea now have their gangster/mob names finalised. Can they get any cooler? What do you think of the name ‘JYP Nation.’ Does it encapsulate and/or epitomise your thoughts when regarding JYP artists?

Music News: Super Junior On CNN With Anna Coren November 10, 2010

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Experiencing Boy Band Mania With Super Junior

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Music News: Super Junior’s Kim Hee Chul King Of Twitter? October 10, 2010

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Yeah… the first thing I wondered when I signed onto Twitter and saw the trending topics was, “what the hell? Heechul?” Maybe it’s his birthday, or there was a scandal, or something, anything? But last I heard, he was off holidaying in the U.S. What kind of scandal can he scrounge up in the U.S.? Did he photobomb the President?

I still don’t know why he’s a trending topic on Twitter, and I really don’t know how this can be considered “Music News” worthy, but it just has me baffled. Well, I’m off to go and trend him on Twitter! 😉

The man has been trending for almost 22 hours. Bow down folks.

Heechul (#1) has also made Steamed Buns (#2) a trending topic. If you’re not offering him your young yet, you must be insane!

Kim Hee Chul ftw!!

News: France Bans Burqa July 14, 2010

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A new day in Modern History, the day that an international Superpower, France, bans the Islamic cultural veil, the Burqa.

“With broad cross-party support for banning the burqa, lawmakers at the French National Assembly voted in favor of the bill by an overwhelming 336 votes for and just one against the measure. “

I don’t know what my opinion on this is at the moment. On one side it’s a ‘humanitarian issue.’ And on the other hand it’s a ‘cultural issue.’ It’s so difficult to gage this. I believe that as humans, we should all be afforded the basic human right to choose, and I understand that this ban gives Islamic women the right to not wear the veil. However, it does not allow them to wear it. If the bill is passed through the French Upper House (in September) then anyone wearing a burqa in public will be facing a fine “of around $200.  Men caught forcing their wives to wear the full veil would face a much larger $40,000 fine and up to a year in jail.” (from here)

This also brings up another issue. How much farther will this continue? Will this mean in the future that women will not be allowed to wear the hijab at all? Or perhaps this trend will sweep across the Western world and countries all over the world will be passing this same bill in their own country. How far will we go if this becomes law?

Back in the mid-20th century, we started making ‘test tube babies’ (personally, I hate that term). In the early 21st century we’re doing stem-cell research. How far will we go? Because as humans, we never really know when to stop.

I believe France is trying to resolve conflict by taking away some of the main causes of disagreements, religion, culture, and personal identity. Over the past several years, France has been working to equalise the nation, starting in the schools, starting with the children of the future. “The Education Minister Luc Ferry underlined the flexibility of the law [ban of the hijab in France], claiming that even bandanas and beards could be subject to a ban if they could be clearly interpreted as religious in nature. Theoretically, the ban would also include Sikh turbans (a community several thousand strong that the commissions were unaware even existed), though whether such a ban would be applied is still in discussion. In the end, the legislation is clearly implicitly against the hijab. The French press referred to it as the “law against the veil” and the other explicitly targeted dress (kippas and large crucifixes) are almost non-existent in public schools.” (April, 2004) (from here) The legislation was passed in March 14, 2004.

“The atmosphere following 9/11 helped to prepare the ground for the ban.” (from here) I truly thought France was a democracy, but a democracy is supposed to allow for basic human rights, like the right to express religion. France’s ban on the hijab and most likely the burqa is an effort to combat Islamic beliefs. This is the 21st century, not the Dark Ages. 

(Interested? Recommended reading.)

I didn’t want to write another post, but apparently Australia is considering to ban the burqa as well. That really makes me, for a lack of poetic words, sick. Here is my comment on an Australian news website that probably won’t get published, as all comments are screened and all seem to be anti-burqa, and anti-Islamic.

What does it mean to be Australian? And to be UN-Australian? We preach equality despite religion, race,  culture, sexual orientation, social status… but are we really equal? The simple answer is ‘No.’ How can we consider our ‘Great Country’ to be equal when the people who come here and become Australians are told that they cannot practice they’re religion or culture, they cannot express themselves like they did in their previous country, and if they find it adamant that they do… they shouldn’t do it so obviously.

We’re a country of equality. Banning the burqa is a breach of that equality we are oh, so proud of. I was born and raised in Australia and there will be others who will come from overseas, have children and raise them here who will be just as Australian. In 50 years, hell, even 10 years, will we be hiding behind our facade of equality whilst we oppress others who do not conform to our views? Is that what it means to be Australian?

(Further reading.)

~KASI
(And here I was thinking I could only ridicule the French)

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