Author: rjtp225

Research For Social Issue Response Comics

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What kind of social issues is South Korea facing at the moment? Are they similar to Australia’s social issues or is there something I hadn’t seen as an issue before? I had to ask myself these questions when deciding what to respond to in my own comics.


Having to focus on the tension between North and South Korea is a drain on South Korea’s economy, this is especially difficult when considering that Korea is caught between developed countries and rising one’s such as China and is struggling to compete in the world economy for resources and energy. In 1945, following world war two Japan gave up occupation of Korea, the North going to The Soviet Union and the South going to The United States. Since then, tensions have developed between the two countries to the point where the borders are lined with military from both sides. Being in…

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South Korean Satire In Decline

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Most mornings I wake up, writhe in the discomfort of being awake and not being a morning person at all and angrily check reddit for my daily news. Anticipating my mood in the morning I have a multireddit with a bunch of serious news sources and some satirical stuff mixed in to make things a little easier on myself and let me tell you, sometimes I see some jokes and comics that absolutely tear into a politician or policy and I think to myself “How is that ok? How has this person able to get away with this especially when other comics have been jailed for saying anything?”. In researching for my individual ethnographic biography I’ve found there are plenty of political drama manga but it’s all fantasy/sci-fi/post apocalyptic/alternative reality stuff set in some other universe, rarely referencing real politics.

It’s a Case of National Security

Political satire rides…

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Post In The Shell (Warning: Spoilers)

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After watching Ghost in the Shell in DIGC330: Digital Asia, one though comes to mind first: “the dialogue’s complicated yo”. I’ve gotta say as much as I love sci fi settings, anime, cyborgs, tackling philosophical questions, Japan, and so many more elements present in Ghost in the Shell, it’s not high on my list of favorites (Don’t get me wrong, it’s an excellent franchise by all means, it just doesn’t resonate strongly with me). I get the feeling that this may be because I don’t fully relate to some of the themes that reflect certain cultures in Japan.

No Trade And No Tourism Makes Japan a Unique Place

In the early 17th century Japan introduced a policy of sakoku which effectively minimized relations with other countries for 200 years. Following the end of sakoku, Japan caught up in terms of technology relatively quickly. This relatively fast introduction of modern technologies…

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