The Youth Element
By Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
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Welcome to the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s new podcast series about youth cultures in East Asia. Over the next several weeks, join co-hosts Justin Kwan and Linda Qian as they travel across five cities in East Asia: Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul, to listen to the voices of millennials and learn more about contemporary East Asia through their views and the stories of their own lives.
||CleanThe Youth Element Trailer||Welcome to The Youth Element podcast. Over the next several weeks, join co-hosts Justin Kwan and Linda Qian as they travel across five cities in East Asia: Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul, to listen to the voices of millennials and learn more about contemporary East Asia through their views and the stories of their own lives.||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 1: Young Beginnings: Nostalgia, Youth, and School||The first episode of The Youth Element is all about new beginnings: the beginning of this podcast series, the beginning of our personal journeys in creating this project, as well as the beginning of a brand new school year. Join us, Justin and Linda, as we break down what The Youth Element is all about. Then, stay tuned as we dive straight into our first topic of the series: school.||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 2: Military Service: National Duty or Nuisance?||In this episode of The Youth Element, join us as we explore how South Korea and Taiwan’s military service is more than just a stage in a young person's life. We’ll be looking at not only how our current generation of youth feels about the service and its purpose in their respective societies, but we’ll also look at how other aspects of life and culture are influenced by the military – from geopolitics to your favourite k-pop band.||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 3: Japanese Politics: The 'Allergic Reaction'||In this episode of The Youth Element, join us as we investigate how a prominent group of students in Japan called SEALDs (Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy), tried to reinvigorate the idea of political participation amongst the younger demographic. We’ll not only examine the group's brief success in shaking up the status quo and dispelling the image of the apolitical generation, but also the idea behind this so-called “political allergy” towards politics and civic engagement.||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 4: Beyond Sunflowers and Umbrellas: Social Movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan||In episode four of The Youth Element we examine why political activism among youth in Taiwan and Hong Kong is growing, and how young people are making their voices heard through these new channels of political engagement. First, we discuss how young activists in both places have moved off the streets and into the formal political process. We also dig deeper into how some of the leading activists became engaged in mainstream politics through the creation of new political parties and by participating in local elections. Then, we discuss the gap in political attitudes between youth and their parents, as well as the crossover between pop culture and activism.||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 5: Politically Charged Youth in South Korea||Welcome to the final instalment of The Youth Element’s 3-part break-out series on political engagement. After exploring activism and social consciousness among millennials in Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, co-hosts Linda, Justin, and a special guest, turn their microphones on South Korea. Join our hosts as they unravel the catalytic role South Korean youth played in the President Park scandal, and why youth continue to be at the centre of the controversy long after Park’s bitter end, and the election of President Moon Jae-in.||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 6: Consumption or Happiness in Uncertain Times||While youth around the world are going through a lot of the same struggles, in this episode of The Youth Element, join co-hosts Linda and Justin as they explore every day activities, youth spaces, and even trendy #hashtags to better understand how youth across East Asia are responding to similar socioeconomic pressures in the context of their respective cities – be it through retail therapy, overt political activism, or sharing a collective rant with pals over cake.||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 7: Visions of the Future||This is it – the series finale of The Youth Element. In this episode, join co-hosts Justin and Linda as they break down, one last time, what their peers abroad think of when it comes to “adulting.” More specifically, tune in to hear about millennial concerns over growing into adulthood in Taipei, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul – from incredibly intensive job application systems, to long-term, but just-as-real, worries over pensions!||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Fun & interesting
Your go-to Asian social issues updates. Bring Millennial perspectives on current events .
An easy listen that actually offers some really insightful content and new perspectives on East Asia! #millennialproblems :P Can't wait to hear the rest!!