Despite the challenges faced by women and minority groups last year, 2023 brings new hope as solidarity movements turn global
In 2022, K-pop girl groups have turned away from the ultra-feminine to a badass empowering image
“Power to the people.” This was Tesla owner and billionaire Elon Musk’s triumphant pronouncement as he took the helm of Twitter, making big claims about overhauling the platform’s operations. However, many pointed out that these changes, far from improving the platform, will in fact make it a more hostile place – especially for women and marginalised people.
Many modern-day mothers in Hong Kong undergo a month of Chinese confinement after they give birth. One YouTuber, Taylor Richard, vlogged about her experience – including why screens and crying were off-limits.
From the coming-of-age show Never Have I Ever to Bollywood’s biographical drama Gangubai Kathiawadi, Indian films and TV shows have featured in Netflix’s top 10 spots this year, boosting South Asian representation on screen at a time when it matters most.
After years of under-representation on screen in the US, Indian actors, writers, directors and producers are taking centre stage, particularly on Netflix. Representation is important because the media has the power to tear down – and to reinforce – stereotypes.
In the wake of the brutal attack in Tangshan last month, Chinese authorities have focused on organised crime instead of violence against women. While there have been some small steps in the right direction, the state still refuses to treat gendered violence as a systemic problem.