A few age-related articles have flowed into my news feeds lately, including a New Yorker article “Why ageism never gets old“, criticisms against the (promotion of) the “Young Forty” discourse in Korea, and some essays on pedophilia culture such as this and this. They have come from different sources and different time points, so it feels like a coincidence, but is it? Or is this one of those moments where the gods of blogging are nudging me to write something?
All that have sprung to my mind subsequently are feel-good news stories that seemingly defy the natural and social laws of ageing.
- KBG84: Japan’s new ‘girl band’, average age 84 (The Guardian, 10 July 2015)
- RT @AJEnglish By day, this 87-year-old Japanese woman makes dumplings. By night, she’s spinning records in Tokyo’s red-light district. Meet DJ Dumpling (12 April 2017)
- Japan’s ‘golden coder’ making games apps aged 82 (BBC, 7 August 2017)
- This 89-year-old shoots playful self-portraits (PetaPixel, 15 November 2017)
Then it has struck me that these stories form a specific genre of its own. It is always Japanese obaasan. Always.
- ‘Grandma Apricot’ finds online fame as she sells fruit on live streams from rural China (South China Morning Post, 5 June 2020)
- 90-year-old Japanese grandma flexes fingers for video gaming (South China Morning Post, 8 June 2020)