Transglobal underground

23 02 2017

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It has been a flurry of activity lately, with various cool projects crisscrossing the globe. Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes and Bangkok’s Paradise Mo Lam Orchestra are arriving in Melbourne for the contemporary Asian arts festival Asiatopa. Melbourne’s Trough X party meanwhile is exploring another continent, branching out to London while Korean gay hipster magazine Duiro is popping-up in Seoul.





Hearts and flowers

23 02 2017

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Tokyo boys by Ryan Chan

18 02 2017

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21st century boy

12 02 2017

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Meet the new face of Seoul, 16-year-old Nigerian-Korean model Han Hyun Min, who broke out at this year’s Seoul Fashion Week. Sign o’ the times.

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Bear season

12 02 2017

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On Thursday night I went to see the surprisingly enjoyable (if you can ignore its ludicrous premise) flick by scholck-purveyor M Night Shyamalan. Its called “Split”. I concurred with the review who said: “The biggest twist is that M Night Shyamalan has finally made a good movie.” But James McAvoy gave an Oscar-worthy central performance and I also enjoyed seeing this actor on screen again, who I remembered as the gay prison guard in Orange is the New Black. His name is Brad William Henke.

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He reminds me a lot the character Mike from Gengoroh Tagame’s shockingly sweet gay-acceptance comic, “My Brother’s Husband,” which I happily discovered after googling will be released in English this Northern Summer. I can’t wait!

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And finally, I have started to watch the netflix series Vikings, featuring a much more rugged-looking Travis Fimmel, once the waifish face (or crotch?) of Calvin Klein. I’m liking the new look.

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Taiwan’s new year for marriage equality

26 01 2017

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Taiwan’s Equal Love campaign has launched this ad for the Chinese New Year, featuring two members of a male couple (in matching sweaters) celebrating the occasion separately with their families and fielding the classic CNY question – double edged in this context – “When will you get married?”





Johnny Hooker

25 01 2017

Recife’s Johnny Hooker has taken Brazil by storm with his re-imagining of the gender-bending 70s and early 80s rock years. In one interview he called David Bowie the Father, Madonna the Mother and Caetano Veloso the Holy Spirit, his personal trinity, although the glam trappings of Ney Matogrosso and Cazuza are also easy to detect.