Apr 21

Japan’s Radioactive Nightmare ~ Akei | Environment -

"I first saw “Nuclear Nation,” a haunting documentary about the Fukushima meltdown, at its New York première, late last year. It felt very Japanese to me. Instead of looping the most sensational footage—frothy waves demolishing harbors and main streets, exasperated talking heads—“Nuclear Nation” chronicles, through three seasons, the post-disaster struggles faced by so-called nuclear refugees from the tiny town of Futaba, one of several officially condemned and abandoned communities near the site of the disaster."

Music industry optimistic despite revenue fall ~ Akei | Music -

"Top executives of the global recorded music industry said on Tuesday they were optimistic about growth despite figures for 2013 showing an almost 4 percent annual decline in revenues to $15 billion, blamed largely on the Japanese market."

Apr 20

HIV Awareness Billboard In Tokyo’s Red Light District Censored For Indecency ~ Akei | Gender & Sexuality
"But barely-dressed fembots in public are OK."

HIV Awareness Billboard In Tokyo’s Red Light District Censored For Indecency ~ Akei | Gender & Sexuality

"But barely-dressed fembots in public are OK."

Half a million college graduates face slim pickings in the job market – report ~ Akei | Student & Youth Affairs -

"The Commission on Higher Education estimates that more than 553,706 college students are graduating this March and April, and while education is touted as a gateway to employment, the recent labor survey from the National Statistics Office says otherwise."

Apr 19

When did faith start to fade? ~ Akei | Society -

"The problem is that godlessness as a felt condition is very different from atheism as an articulate movement. "

'MFA vs NYC' investigates the relationship between creativity and collectivity ~ Akei | Innovation -

"In 2010, Chad Harbach published an essay called “MFA vs. NYC” that was widely circulated through both of the “cultures of American fiction” it described: a culture focused on (and funded by) the academy and its proliferation of creative writing programs; and a culture focused on (and funded by) the New York publishing industry. The essay garnered a flood of responses, many defensive, and was itself framed as a response to the 2009 publication of Mark McGurl’s The Program Era, a book that became seminal in academic circles for its argument that “the rise of the creative writing program stands as the most important event in postwar American literary history.”"

Apr 18

Why Science And Technology Research Needs More Global Diversity ~ Akei | Higher Education -

"Scientists at the University of the Philippines’s Institute of Biology work in one of the most richly biodiverse countries in the world. Yet as recently as last year they lacked one key piece of laboratory equipment—an HPLC, a machine common in biology research labs in the United States—that would help the world understand and benefit from this natural ecology."

The French Revolution is not over ~ Akei | Global Studies -

"Does anything remain of the left’s longstanding love affair with the French Revolutionary tradition? Does anything remain, more generally, of France’s once pre-eminent cultural and intellectual life? That such questions are being asked, both in the media and in academia, explains the intensity of recent historiographical struggle over Furet’s legacy."

Apr 17

Is the London Review of Books the best magazine in the world? ~ Akei | Information -

"The London Review of Books has become the most successful – and controversial – literary publication in Europe. Just what is Mary-Kay Wilmers, its 75-year-old editor, getting so right?"

De-extinction’s fatal flaw ~ Akei | Environment -

"Recent advances in paleogenetics have made it feasible to reassemble the genomes of recently extinct animals, like the passenger pigeon and even the mammoth. But the results are inexact—there will always be uncertainties. And even then things get really tricky."

Apr 16

Appreciating true blue Filipino music ~ Akei | Music -

"This popular Filipino host does not know Asin. Should I be surprised if the songs he’s familiar with are from Rihanna or a popular RnB artist in the US?"

The empowerment of Monique Wilson ~ Akei | Gender & Sexuality -

"Life as a theater major at UP was an awakening. I did meet many leftists and communists – artists, academics, teachers, writers, farmers – and I began to get politicized."

Apr 15

Walter Johnson reconsiders the connection between slavery and capitalism. ~ Akei | Society -

"The implication was revelatory: the American workers with the most advanced understanding of the alienation and commodification of capitalist exploitation were not the white wage earners of Northern factory towns but the enslaved African-Americans of Southern plantations."

That Chop on the Upbeat—Junior Braithwaite, Rosco Gordon & Jamaica ~ Akei | Music -

"It’s as tidy a demonstration as I know of the fact—deeper than ska, deeper than Rosco, deeper than the South—that black popular music in the twentieth century can’t be comprehended except as a phenomenon of what Bernard Bailyn calls the Atlantic world. In this case the old West Indian world, of which Tennessee lay at the northern fringe. It’s the shatter-zone of the slave diaspora. Circulating currents. We gave Jamaica blues. Jamaica gave us ska. Jamaica gave us dub, we gave back hip-hop. It’s been happening for four hundred years."

Apr 14

South Carolina House of Represenatives Approves Budget Cuts to Colleges With LGBT Curricula ~ Akei | Gender & Sexuality -

"After the University of South Carolina Upstate selected gay author Alison Bechdel’s award-winning graphic novel and memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic as part of its optional freshman reading list, and the College of Charleston assigned gay poet and professor Ed Madden’s Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio as summer reading for its English 101 course, a group of conservative lawmakers sought to punish the schools — by cutting $17,163 from USC Upstate’s funding and $52,000 from the College of Charleston’s state allocation. "