Asia remains one of the most conservative societies in today’s world, but who would have thought that 20 years ago, Disney would have created their arguably most ideal feminist icon when they turned a Chinese folk legend into a Disney princess? Mulan was released in theaters on June 19, 1998, and it has been one […]Read More ‘Mulan’ turns 20: When Disney boldly gave us their greatest feminist Princess
Today is the release day of Liberation, Christina Aguilera’s sixth album, so fans will be fixated on that record, but it is also equally the 20-year anniversary of a very important song in the singer’s career. The average person might know “Reflection” as just another Disney song, a pop ballad from Mulan sung in the […]Read More Admiring Christina Aguilera’s “Reflection” 20 years later
2013 was a strange year for DC and Warner Bros. Just one summer earlier, their primary competitor Marvel had overtaken the world with The Avengers, which broke every record in the book and amassed over $1.5 billion around the world to become the highest-grossing superhero film at the time (third overall, behind only Avatar and […]Read More Revisiting ‘Man of Steel’, DCEU’s first offering from 5 years ago
I have felt my heart drop tons of my times, mostly when I receive confrontational or heartbreaking text messages on the phone, and every now and then when I open an exam results slip. But I’ve never actually experienced the same heart drop until The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza, the debut novel written […]Read More ‘The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza’ is the first novel to make my heart drop (review)
heyKaty Perry is currently in the middle of the European leg of her global-trotting Witness: The Tour and is set to conclude it in August later this year, so the era for her fourth major label studio album is technically not over yet. Witness, which dropped today exactly a year ago, is probably the most […]Read More One year later: Could anything have acquitted Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’?
Bionic may have been Christina Aguilera‘s most iconic, failed era, but statistically, it’s nothing compared to its successor two years later, 2012’s Lotus, which was barely an era anyway. But before we begin deflowering Lotus, it’s only fair to highlight certain key events in Christina’s career in between albums. 2011 saw the singer, now past 30 […]Read More ‘Lotus’: When Christina Aguilera’s career further withered (Xploring Xtina Part 5)
Reading Crazy Rich Asians actually left me hungry for more books about my own country of Singapore, so I started with a 2014 book by Cambridge University and Harvard Law School graduate Jolene Tan. A Certain Exposure, the Singaporean author’s debut novel, is described in the blurb as a “classic coming-of-age tale doubled across two vividly […]Read More ‘A Certain Exposure’ is certainly not my idea of exposure to Singapore books (review)