A perfect Hollywood moment

A perfect Hollywood moment. A perfect #softpower moment. And a perfect #국뽕 moment.

In the meantime, the City of Seoul wastes no time.

Yes, come and see for yourselves banjiha and other sites of capitalist inequality.

Déjà vu, déjà entendu [9]

These two stories have showed up, literally one after the other, in my timeline.

Transgender student withdraws after getting accepted to Sookmyung Women’s University (The Korea Herald, 7 February 2020, via @koryodynasty and @BBC_Hyung)

This awful new app for ‘girls’ uses dystopian tech to identify gender and people are baffled (Independent, 7 February 2020, via @degendering)

I can’t stop wondering if there will ever be a reconciliation…

See also:

The controversy over Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and trans women, explained (Vox, 15 March 2017)

JK Rowling in row over court ruling on transgender issues (The Guardian, 19 December 2019)

Transphobic trolling scandal on the MLA’s CFP site (2020, via @VadoKarina)

Amia Srinivasan on What is a Woman? (Philosophy Bites, 1 January 2017)

Kathleen Stock on What is a Woman? (Philosophy Bites, 21 May 2019)

Sheila Jeffreys on Korea’s (non-existent) anti-discrimination law (Yeoldabooks, 6 February 2020)

Metaphors we live by [2]

Would your football club be better run as a co-operative? (Dave Boyle, The Guardian, 9 May 2012)

How academia resembles a drug gang (Alexandre Afonso, LSE Impact Blog, 11 December 2013)

A degree of studying — Students who treat education as a commodity perform worse than their intrinsically motivated peers (Louise Bunce, LSE Impact Blog, 15 January 2020; see also Lee & Rofe, 2016)

Universities are more like sports clubs than businesses (Richard Oliver, Times Higher Education, 15 January 2020)

Has the game changed? [2]

This year I have finally joined the world of video streaming. I am still only exploring different service providers, and I haven’t completely abandoned traditional TV, but it has been an interesting few months nevertheless, personally and professionally.

Here are a couple of items that resonate with my own observations.

When not sharing is caring

I have had a piece of good news, but have been having an irreconcilable inner conflict about sharing it, online or otherwise. Initially I thought the reluctance had all to do with my Confucian upbringing, but after having been mulling over, my conclusion is that it has in fact more to do with my line of work.

I am aware that there are different schools on whether we can choose (certain) identities. Not sure if being a PhD student is an identity one is allowed to choose, especially after a decade since receipt of the award, but I certainly symphasise a lot with what PhD students are going through in the current HE environment. I have spent more than a decade surrounded by PhD students, first as a student myself and later as someone who walks alongside. As an apparent consequence of that, it sometimes feels like I haven’t really graduated emotionally. Not yet ‘ascended’, to borrow words from one of the former students.

So, when I noticed a recurrent theme in #ECRchat of how the social media announcements of new jobs, promotions, and grant wins by those already in secure positions make precarious early career academics feel, I thought the least I could do is not to add on.

Then where is my dilemma? I have been ‘archiving‘ my thoughts and experiences on this blog for more than a decade and I am intending to carry on. Well, I guess sharing it here should be okay as it has a minuscule readership. 🙂 

With all being considered, this post is a low-key celebration of the fact that this summer I have been promoted to a Senior Lecturer in Research Methodology [Associate Professor in the US] and that today one of the two modules that I have built with my bare hands from scratch has gone live. 🎉