Author Archives: Anisa

Podcast 26. Kpop and its International Fans

Anisa and Paroma get greenfields (Rimi) and Sicarius to come tell us why Kpop is taking over the world, and how things work behind the scenes in the Korean music industry. (Links under the timestamps)

00:02:43 – Woes of Being a Kpop fan outside US
00:04:13 – Is Kpop a genre?
00:07:01 – Are Drama OSTs Kpop?
00:11:17 – How did you two come to this fandom?
00:16:59 – What is a Bias?
00:18:21 – Why Seventeen has 13 members
00:21:46 – Are Band dynamics scripted?
00:25:04 – Korean language lends itself well to rapping
00:27:39 – why Kpop rap is different from american/indian rap
00:32:07 – Conflict between an idol and a rapper
00:37:50 – Why are boybands more popular than girl groups internationally
00:40:46 – why do rimi and sica like boy bands more
00:44:24 – bromancey gimmicks on stage
00:46:15 – girl groups subjected to the male gaze
00:48:36 – how fangirls are maligned
00:50:54 – Toxic fandom and sasaengs
00:51:57 – When fans dictate what artists do
00:54:18 – HyunA and E’Dawn leaving Cube
00:55:52 – why companies promote fan obsession?
00:57:52 – slave contracts and lawsuits
01:01:19 – The East Light controversy
01:04:37 – why speaking the truth is hard under Korean Law
01:07:39 – Self produced artists
01:13:53 – opportunities for marginalised artists like Holland
01:17:27 – Do Kdramas portray idols well?
01:19:14 – Drama: SHUT UP FLOWER BOY BAND
01:20:58 – Drama: BEST HIT
01:22:52 – Suga’s mixtapes about the idol trainee life
01:25:20 – Favourite Groups


Sicarius’ post –…ctivity/634903/

Rimi’s Kpop covers –
Realgreenfields – Tokyo

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Podcast Ep 12 – The Long Yak (Part 2) – Nirvana in Fire | A Love So Beautiful | Love 020

Welcome to Part 2 of this month’s Long Yak. Here we move away from our usual Korean fare and check out some new and old Chinese dramas that have caught Paroma’s attention and imagination. We also cover some Japanese anime and dramas, and then introduce a new segment: questions we want to ask each other! And we end, of course, on Saya’s terrible (but inevitable) monthly dad joke AKA “ajusshi gag”.

00:01:00. Nirvana in Fire (and Chinese Wuxia dramas)

00:07:52. Love Weaves Through a Millennium (Chinese version of Queen In-hyun’s Man)

00:10:03. A Love So Beautiful (Currently airing, Paroma likes it so far)

00:13:55. Love 020 (Paroma highly recommends)

00:17:35. The You’ve Got Mail trope, and related drama and book recs

00:20:50. Gakuen Babysitters (an anime Saya is loving)

00:23:30. New Segment! Questions we have for each other. (This month: How do we choose what to watch?)


Podcast Ep 10 – BLACK PANTHER – Deep Dive Special (With Show Notes)

In this episode we take a slight detour from our regular programming to squee about Black Panther, because we love it, and in celebration. Thank you for getting us to over one hundred subscribers on YouTube!



00:00:00. We thank you, our beautiful listeners, for 100 subscribers on YouTube! We love you!

00:01:23. Our initial reactions when Black Panther was announced, and our mounting excitement as we learned more (and after that amazing intro to T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War!).

00:08:50. Anisa recounts how she cried as soon as the credits rolled, and nearly tears up again.

00:09:41. Paroma expounds on the bravery of the writing and themes, and the brilliance of Director Ryan Coogler and co-writer Joe Robert Cole.

00:12:40. We acknowledge the objective truth that Killmonger is the best Marvel movie villain, and discuss how the central conflict of the film speaks to the black experience in real life, and how Killmonger is sort of like Batman.

00:20:02. Why this is the rare case in which the familiar “I’ve come too far to turn back now” trope actually works.

00:21:13. Paroma discusses why the first act initially felt quiet to her, but why it’s necessary for Wakanda to come alive in our imaginations. Also, the way this movie challenges our stereotypes about Africa and African people, and is a revolution in small moments.

00:26:37. SHURI. (As Anisa says in her review, not the guy in the chair, but the girl in the driver’s seat!)

00:28:35. The record-breaking phenomenon that this movie continues to be globally, with every audience, and how it’s especially poignant for formerly colonized peoples.

00:29:54. How Black Panther, like all the best science fiction and fantasy, allows to tackle difficult real-world issues more easily and effectively.

00:32:32. Stolen artifacts stored in the museums of former colonial powers, and THAT MUSEUM SCENE.

00:34:50. How the US military must approve the script of any movie that portrays them. We reference this video. Anisa explains why she feels CIA Agent Ross, ostensibly useless, has an important role to play in the movie.

00:38:36. On Wakanda’s new foreign policy strategy.

00:41:17. The amazing characters, especially the women, who were so integral to T’Challa’s success.

00:47:10. Paroma re-dubs the heart-shaped herb “The Purple Bulb of Life,” and it is the best.

00:47:51. We love how Black Panther is actually Wakanda’s origin story; how T’challa is the hero precisely because he has Wakanda, and how the opposite is the foundational tragedy of Killmonger’s life.

00:49:43. We ponder the idea that Killmonger is the real hero, and reference an article Anisa’s cousin wrote.

00:50:07. The MUSIC! Why we loved it, why it’s so different from generic Avengers themes, and how critical the music is to the storytelling in this film. See Ryan Coogler’s Notes on a Scene video here.

00:54:56. Paroma discusses why T’Challa’s arc, such as it was, felt unsatisfying to her.

01:00:43. Anisa brings up her issues with the movie: the questionable representation of Muslims, and the ways in which the idea of a rightful king with royal blood don’t represent justice. We discuss Wakandan society and how it works.

01:10:24. #WakandaForever

First Impressions: Live Up to Your Name

Saya and Laica discuss the first four episodes of Live Up to Your Name (also known as Deserving of the Name), the currently airing drama starring Kim Nam-gil and Kim Ah-joong. The drama follows an Eastern Medicine doctor from Joseon times who jumps 400 years into the future to modern Seoul. Find out their initial thoughts on this unique time-slip drama!