folk culture

NEWS via Saratogian: China worries it’s losing the Pop-Culture Arms Race

March 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

China worries it’s losing the pop-culture arms race By Gu Jinglu and William Wan, The Washington Post POSTED: 03/07/14, 6:14 PM EST | BEIJING — There is no shortage of problems facing China these days: a terrorist attack that recently left 29 people killed and 143 injured; corruption in government; a worrisome slowdown in economic growth. So when the country’s two highest governing bodies met in Beijing this week, what was the burning issue on the delegates’ lips? A South Korean soap opera that has taken the country by storm. To be fair, it’s hard to overstate just how popular this show is these days. After the show’s female lead mentioned “beer and fried chicken” in one episode, it became one of the most invoked phrases online. Restaurants cashed in and started selling beer and fried chicken meals. One pregnant woman from Jiangsu, a province in eastern China, almost had a miscarriage, according to some news reports, after she stayed up too many nights [...]

ORIGINAL: Counterculture: I Ain’t No Burger!

June 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

In what appears to be a cultural phenomenon that preaches exactly opposite what the Gangnam Style revolution brought (lavish lifestyle of new money in the South Korean city of Seoul), a COUNTERCULTURE effort is being rapped by young adults in the country of Pakistan. In Pakistan, a DEVELOPING COUNTRY that is finding its footing in a COMMERCIALIZED world, the Mr. Burger fast food chain provides halal burgers to the masses.  A typical WESTERN style food chain, Mr. Burger offers meals to those who can afford it, thus the new title that is given to young urban professionals, “Burgers.” Though the Mr. Burger food chain succeeds in ACCULTURATING the masses into Western tastes, there are some that look to turn their back on the would-be-Burgers by giving “Burgers” a negative connotation. Rapper Talha Anjum from the Young Stunners says, “A Burger is someone who wants to be someone they aren’t, someone who wears skinny jeans and Nikes, uses a smartphone, and [...]
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