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Curated Kyoto with Sara Aiko

3/15/2018
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Sara Aiko founded Curated Kyoto, a travel boutique based in Kyoto, Japan, in March 2017 on her birthday. She had previously worked at a media company promoting Kyoto, but knew that there was so much more to the city than what they were in the business of advertising. Sara wants to share aspects of her city that aren’t as well known as Kyoto’s famous landmarks. Landmarks like Fushimi Inari Shrine with its iconic vermillion torii gates and Ginkaku-ji, a Zen temple known as the Silver...

Duration:00:11:52

Sights & Sounds — ThirdCulture

3/6/2018
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In our first Sights & Sounds of 2018, we hear from Melbourne-based Jean-Paul McAllan, better known as ThirdCulture. Born in the States but raised in Japan and Hong Kong, he has never felt inseparably linked to a specific location, but rather carries a mix of curiosity and readiness wherever his travels take him. He treats his craft as meditation, practicing mindfulness and focusing on his surroundings rather than over-plan his shoots. See the whole story here. What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a...

Duration:00:09:28

MAEKAN It Up — #037: Authenticity in entertainment published by celebrities and tech logos all resembling each other

3/6/2018
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On MAEKAN It Up #037 Charis and Eugene discuss Drake's new music video for his song God's Plan, the premise of Derek Jeter's media enterprise The Player's Tribune which puts the narrative in the hands of the athletes, and why so many tech company logos are starting to resemble each other. Drake and the Strange Spectacle of Charity What Happens When Athletes Do The Sportswriting Why Do Google, Airbnb, And Pinterest All Have Such Similar Logos? Per usual, MAEKAN It Up features the individual...

Duration:00:41:22

"Flower" by Alex Maeland — A Show for All of Us

3/2/2018
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There’s been a bit of excitement around MAEKAN with Alex opening his first-ever photo exhibition, “Flower,” at McNamara Art Projects. The show, as the name suggests, revolves around still life botanical photos that may or may not be of the illicit variety. “Flower” is not meant to be any sort of hard-stanced commentary on cannabis in a region of the world where it’s frowned upon. Instead, for Alex it was about bringing friends together to work together on a passion project. It drew in the...

Duration:00:22:23

"Flower" by Alex Maeland — A Show for All of Us

3/2/2018
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There’s been a bit of excitement around MAEKAN with Alex opening his first-ever photo exhibition, “Flower,” at McNamara Art Projects. The show, as the name suggests, revolves around still life botanical photos that may or may not be of the illicit variety. “Flower” is not meant to be any sort of hard-stanced commentary on cannabis in a region of the world where it’s frowned upon. Instead, for Alex it was about bringing friends together to work together on a passion project. It drew in the...

Duration:00:22:23

Grilling Me Softly — Drawn Back In with Jonathan Jay Lee

2/27/2018
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In this second episode of Grilling Me Softly, Iris Van Kerckhove sits down with high school friend, Jonathan Jay Lee. Jon’s inspirations revolved around Marvel comics growing up. His passion followed him from the States to Hong Kong, where he moved in 1992. But after a period of dormancy, the dream of becoming an illustrator would return after some encouragement from a teacher. Production by MAEKAN & Sunday's Grocery Hosted by Iris Van Kerckhove Photography by Justine Tai See the whole...

Duration:00:20:37

MAEKAN It Up — #036: The shifting nature of Asian-American identity, and the tyranny of convenience

2/24/2018
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On MAEKAN It Up #036, Charis wants to talk about the shifting nature of Asian-American identity and the history of that identity. She ties it to perceptions of Chloe Kim, the 17-year-old Korean-American snowboarder who took a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. Another subject hit upon include Gidra, an Asian-American zine from the 1960's. Eugene brings up an op-ed by Tim Wu, professor at Columbia University and contributing opinion writer to The New York Times, called The Tyranny of...

Duration:00:41:38

Gathering Growth with Brian Kelley — Documenting the Champion Trees

2/23/2018
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Photography can mean a lot of different things today. Is it more ephemeral and about capturing the trivial parts of life? Is it about something more artful and considered? Is it about documenting and providing memories that will certainly outlive us? You could say that most of the photography we experience is largely forgettable and disposable. Random selfies and product placements dominate much of our feeds. For photographer Brian Kelley, his initial start in professional photography...

Duration:00:25:45

#035: Whether higher education is a waste of time, and non designers learning the fundamentals of design.

2/15/2018
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On MAEKAN It Up #035, Charis talks about the pros and cons of higher education. Eugene and Charis work through whether higher education is a waste of money and time or not. Eugene brings up a book he came across called Hello Web Design which is written for non designers to understand the fundamentals of design. Should non designers learn design and what good comes from that? The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone by Bryan Caplan Hello Web Books Per usual, MAEKAN It Up...

Duration:00:43:01

Uguisu the Little Shoppe — From Roppongi to the World

2/14/2018
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The mention of Japanese culture calls to mind any number of things, ranging from Pokémon and Nintendo to kimonos and Noh theatre. Japan is full of niche cultural products that are often specific to certain prefectures and certain eras, but to an outsider located elsewhere, only the more popular exports make it through. Even with the best intentions of a person seeking to learn more, the lack of translated Japanese-English websites and media can prevent deeper understanding. Hikaru Komura,...

Duration:00:20:31

A Tale of Two Cities— Exploring China's Hip-Hop Capitals

2/9/2018
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When trap music is highlighted in the context of China and especially in English, the discussion often wanders into focusing on the showy garish side, before writing off the burgeoning scene as a shallow imitation of the popular North American genre. But in this story, Eugene sits down with David Zhou and Lucas Farrar, who set the record straight on the Chinese hip hop scene, specifically as it pertains to Chengdu and Chongqing, the two rival cities building the scene from the ground up...

Duration:00:43:27

MAEKAN It Up #034: HuffPost shuts down its contributor network and China wants to become a global soft power

2/9/2018
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On MAEKAN It Up #34, Charis is joined by Edward Barnieh while Eugene is out of town. They talk about the devaluation of writing as the result of contributor networks such as the one HuffPost used to run. The second half of the show has Charis and Edward discussing how China might start exporting their cultural goods. Goodbye, Contributor Network. And thanks for nothing by Jen A. Miller for Poynter. China wants to reshape the global order by Bill Bishop for Axios Per usual, MAEKAN It Up...

Duration:01:03:23

Borderless — Musical and Cultural Identity with Crystal Kay

2/2/2018
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The faces of Japan’s entertainment industry are changing. From models to boy bands to athletes, the country is celebrating its new diversity, especially hafus—the Japanese term for biracial people. But before this new wave of mixed Japanese celebrities, there was Crystal Kay. This half-Korean and half-African American songstress was born in Japan, and was one of the only half-black people in mainstream media when she burst onto the Japanese pop scene in 1999. In this exclusive MAEKAN...

Duration:00:22:14

The Road Less Traveled — Into the Chinese Countryside with Elphick and Yin

1/30/2018
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To produce one of our stories in October 2017, we sent our sound engineer Elphick with frequent MAEKAN collaborator and photographer Yin to China. They were there to meet with pro baller Erron Maxey and cover the growing local underground scene known as “Wild Ball.” Hosted by Elphick Wo & To Cheuk Yin Audio by Elphick Wo Photos by To Cheuk Yin See the whole story here. What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative...

Duration:00:17:53

MAEKAN It Up — #033: How Japanese culture approaches space, and the value of being an expert generalist.

1/26/2018
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On MAEKAN It Up #33, Charis and Eugene examine the Japanese concept of space and how it pertains to her own recent travels in Japan. On the flipside, we look at what it means to be an expert generalist and how it holds up to the 10,000 hour rule. The Revolution will not be proofread How Warren Buffett’s billionaire deputy became an “expert-generalist” The 10,000 Hour Rule Is Not Real Per usual, MAEKAN It Up features the individual illustrative talents of Charis and Eugene as they visualize...

Duration:00:40:07

Field Testing — The Polaroid OneStep 2

1/26/2018
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In this fun MAEKAN story, Alex and Chris get ahold of a Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 i-Type Camera and take it out for a field test around Alex’s neighborhood in Chai Wan on Hong Kong Island. Audio by Kevin Chau Photos by Christopher Lim See the whole story here. What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social...

Duration:00:18:08

MAEKAN It Up — #032: The normalization of bad grammar, and the idea of creative integrity and the struggling artist myth.

1/24/2018
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On MAEKAN It Up #32, Charis and Eugene record remotely and look at the normalization of grammar and spelling. Are we experiencing a new normal when it comes to how we communicate and the rules it entails? We also examine a personal essay by Hasselblad's Chief of Strategy and photographer Ming Thein, who discusses how he's viewed his photography career and work over the last few years in light of his successes working for big brands. The Revolution will not be proofread Creative integrity –...

Duration:00:31:03

Grilling Me Softly — Food Writing and Farmer's Markets With Janice Leung Hayes

1/21/2018
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We’re happy to introduce our inaugural series in partnership with Sunday’s Grocery, titled Grilling Me Softly. Food plays an important role in our cultural landscape and we’re excited to dive deep into some of the interesting and influential figures creating a meaningful impact in the space. In our first episode, we highlight Janice Leung Hayes. Production by MAEKAN & Sunday's Grocery Hosted by Iris Van Kerckhove Photography by Justine Tai See the whole story here. What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN...

Duration:00:31:29

MAEKAN It Up — #031: Rich Brian's new name and GTA Online's pay-to-win mechanisms

1/13/2018
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On MAEKAN It Up #31, the first episode of 2018, Charis returns from holiday but is still located in Kyoto. Eugene and her discuss Rich Chigga, the 18-year old rapper from Jakarta changing his name to Rich Brian. They discuss what a name change signals and what role Asian rap plays. The second topic on the table are the pay-to-win mechanisms of GTA Online that allows players with deep pockets to purchase powerful weaponry and destroy weeks worth of grinding in unexpected moves. They discuss...

Duration:00:36:21

Street Dreams — The Feed in Real Life

1/12/2018
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Many interests often begin solo. Collecting sneakers, shooting photos, or maybe cooking are acts that can take shape in various forms. But it’s the power of community and connection that not only draws us in but keeps us rooted and engaged. A strong community provides a balance of support and challenge, ensuring that we all collectively reap the benefits of a shared commitment. Our digital generation has been spoiled with opportunities to connect and engage online. The ability to dip in...

Duration:00:55:10

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