pop culture

Taylor Swift lives up to her Reputation

Taylor Swift’s Reputation is an ostentatious display of who she’s become as a person, an artist, and, subsequently, an icon. For anybody out of the loop, long gone are Swift’s…

Asian erasure in Hollywood is more than just skin deep

As both a South Korean immigrant and a pop-culture junkie, I grew up searching for Asian representation in the TV shows and movies I watched — kind of a weird, racialized version…

Hype aversion and fandom fatigue

In just a few weeks, the fourth season of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones will premiere, and the internet is already buzzing about it. And for the first…

Three surprising pop culture tearjerkers

I have never been averse to a good tearjerker, whether in film, television, or another medium, partly because they happen so rarely for me. Doing a minor in film studies…