Choosing Beggars

The Good Job

A Choosing Beggar; someone who is incredibly picky and difficult to deal with but insists on having something. They refuse to accept just any price though, they need whatever it is as cheap as humanly possible and delivered to them between specific hours because Riley, Miley and Dustin need to be at soccer practice at 5, but you won’t be compensated for driving it out to them. ‘Oh you’re offering to pick me up from work on your way home? Can we also pick up a friend and do all my grocery shopping, then since you were nice this time can I also borrow your car for the week? Wait. No? Well that’s selfish of you…’

I came across this phrase Choosing Beggars on Reddit, the sub for it has 1.1 million subscribers. What was brought to my attention was how many of the posters to this sub were freelance or self employed workers, selling their wares online. Most of them relying on clients to continue living or maybe it was their side hustle, either way this job is obviously something they love to do and perhaps have to do. Yet there’s a portion of people that just enjoy making it harder for them and they are more common than you think.

Some other examples of Choosing Beggars are: People wanting things very cheap or even free for shoutouts on Instagram or YouTube, someone who asks for a car to borrow but rejects when a kind person actually offers because they didn’t like the look of it. So many individuals expect charity for nothing, and they expect you to make it worth their time. A very Entitled Audience I suppose is a good way to explain it.

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This is a relevant topic because more and more people are opting to be self-employed or to start freelancing, yet the opinions surrounding that are not all positive. Leading those people to degrade their own work, selling them for way cheaper than all the effort and materials that went into it deserve just so a customer actually buys it. I also see this a lot in YouTubers or online influencers, a lot of the time they release content and feel like they have to succumb to the wills of their audiences. There’s also that Entitled idea again, viewers believe that because they are watching the ads or clicking the video that the content creator in question is obliged to listen to everything they say. There seems to be this almost creepy feeling of “we pay you so we own you” coursing through some of their brains, and the same feeling happens to specific customers of retail/fast food jobs, freelance jobs, and self-employed jobs.

This brings us to the main point of The Good Job, why are certain skills not seen as worthy of more cash? Why does not having a ‘Good Job’ in the eyes of society make you more liable to customer abuse? Does it make you less worthy of equal treatment and undeserving of respect? I suppose my main question is, why do they get so much customer abuse? I personally don’t understand the blatant disrespect these people get. So I want to find out because this topic is very important, as someone in a Digital Media Major I see many friends and acquaintances in unpaid internships, doing quick jobs for ‘experience and clout’ (Attention), joining the freelancing or self-employed life and I’ve realised just how common this is.

I feel like the idea of a Good Job is in part described by this quote,  “A (partial) taxonomy of six aspects of a good job is presented: pay, hours of work, future prospects (promotion and job security), how hard or difficult the job is, job content (interest, prestige and independence), and interpersonal relationships.” (Clark, 2005)

I believe this quote also relates to our ideas of success, a full time job that has guaranteed good pay, and is seen world wide as something that requires a high level of skill. Those people will usually get treated better (Although in some circumstances they might not be), but for example a lot of artists are looked down on because “Anyone can draw”. I write that with sarcasm.

In the study on Customer Abuse to Service workers they detailed the idea of the “Crying Waitress” (Korczynski & Evans, 2013). This character was named this because after facing relentless verbal abuse of the customers who were labeled as this symbol of sovereignty in the workplace. They often would go into the staff areas and cry,  so maybe the concept of ‘the customer is always right’ is also behind why some workers get so commonly mistreated. I hope to do more research on the topic and find out just why this is such a regularity.



Clark A. (2005) ‘What Makes a Good Job? Evidence from OECD Countries’. Job Quality and Employer Behaviour, pp.11-13, Available at: [Accessed 13 March 2019]

Korczynski, M. and Evans, C. (2013) ‘Customer abuse to service workers: an analysis of its social creation within the service economy’, Work, Employment and Society, 27(5), pp. 768–784. Available at: 10.1177/0950017012468501. [Accessed 13 March 2019]


Peer Review: Building a Portfolio with Rachelle Esaid


I have been following the progress of Rachelle Esaid’s Digital Artefact from week 1 to now in week 12. This project interested me because it was quite different from the other projects in that there was a lot more physical work made. It also sparked my interest because I like art and wanted to see this project unfold. Her DA is about Building a Portfolio, showcasing her art, and other creative works. Rachelle is a Creative Arts student who took this subject for a little bit of change while still working on her art with the aim of monetizing it in some way. While discussing with her I found out that she wanted to get into a range of creative fields outside of just painting and drawing. She has a very clear artistic style and seems to know the general direction she wants to go in, this direction involves making merchandise with her art printed or embroidered onto them namely t-shirts, sweat shirts  and tote bags. Her platform is mainly on an Instagram account that was started prior to class, and is moving to a WordPress blog.




Talking face to face with Rachelle has led to an interesting discovery into what awoke the ideas behind these works, she said “I was inspired by a lucid dream involving a spiral faced creature, when I woke up I then starting drawing a bunch of spirals”. She is greatly influenced by Instagram user’s reederone and erikjonesart and uses a range of materials when creating her original abstract artworks, a mixture of Faber Castell pencils, Acrylic paints, pens and fine liners which are then put on paper.


Instagram: @rachelleesaid

Rachelle’s WordPress Blog

She is often experimenting to enhance her already unique style creating a large variety of works, most of the works involve a coiled effect that she calls spirals over faces of these fictional characters. These Spirally guys are then posted on her Instagram where they get a decent amount of likes, but not an amount she’s currently happy with.

Instagram seems to be the best way to showcase her works and get engagement immediately, she notes in her Beta presentation that she had a small amount of followers (around 40-50) that stagnated for a while, until she commented on a Reddit thread in the subreddit r/artistlounge, after that her followers boosted by another 30-40.
As mentioned earlier she has an interest in testing out other creative fields, before doing this Rachelle undergoes a lot of research. Reading the manuals for all machinery prior to using it. I had the privilege of watching her learn and see the progress she made. I fully understand from my own sewing experience that learning a new machine is difficult. In an hour you spend about 20 minutes getting your stuff ready to go, setting up the machine and fabrics, 30 minutes fixing the machines little mistakes and screw-ups, then 10 minutes actually getting your thing done. Through watching you could see it getting to her but in the end she was triumphant, while the end product was not perfect, it was a good first attempt at making merchandise. For her first embroidery project she went with words instead of a design, as the test ‘customer’ I had the option of choosing what went on it. It says “UGLY GIRL” in all caps, light green. For this shirt we used a men’s t-shirt from target, but in the future Rachelle mentions that she would like to go for higher quality shirts possibly bought in bulk she said Champion branded shirts would be something she’s interested in.

Utility and Trajectory

This DA was started to create a portfolio and to open her opportunities as an artist but the trajectory of the project has developed into something more, bringing it back to that point mentioned earlier. The creation of original merchandise. In the last couple of weeks she became aware of Maker Space at UOW. Which has free services that definitely assist in this area. In Maker Space there is an Embroidery Machine, This was one skill she learnt throughout this Digital Artefact.

Before she went in this direction I remember in conversation that she was struggling with how to start some things and possibly put too many expectations and tasks in her head at the start. The ambition was good but trying to achieve perfection right away wasn’t realistic, it did get her down for a while and you could notice a bit during presentations, but it’s much better now as she is being more realistic and taking this building a portfolio and business a lot slower. She has also tried making videos to show her art making process through this she has learnt how to edit with Adobe Premiere. The editing process she liked but she didn’t seem to enjoy what she made, perhaps perfectionism was a big part of why she didn’t post a lot. After a couple weeks Rachelle decided to start a WordPress to better show her works and has an Etsy in progress. As of right now there isn’t anything on the WordPress so that will probably need to be sorted out.


Quoting Rachelle from her Beta presentation she said she ‘Still wants to monetize but is now focusing on building an audience and interest.’ I think because this is a project she is interested in continuing for her own futures sake it’ll be good to continue posting and commenting on Reddit threads. As well as working on getting the WordPress up and running with images of her works with a small amount of information about the work with formal language used. A theme that shows the individual works pictures that you can click and go into the blog post will work really well for this and make a clean aesthetic that is easy to navigate. The original Digital Artefacts outcome is to make a portfolio, the Instagram acts well for this purpose but the WordPress or perhaps another service allowing you to create a website will be good as she could go more into detail and create something very professional looking.

For networking and building a bigger, loyal following it’ll be good to get more involved in local artist meetups, there are apps you can use for this, and places you can gather and just work on projects with others. I think she is making good progress in learning how to use new technology and should continue experimenting with that while also posting on art specific subreddits to keep gaining engagement,  will be good for the future of this project. I think an Etsy will be needed as soon as she gets products available. Which will rely on her perfecting the new embroidery skills, finding the good materials and just getting started.

DA Epiphanies and Realisations

Japanese and Korean Comedy Shows

“When researchers do autoethnography, they retrospectively and selectively write about epiphanies that stem from, or are made possible by, being part of a culture and/or by possessing a particular cultural identity. However, in addition to telling about experiences, autoethnographers often are required by social science publishing conventions to analyze these experiences”. (Ellis, 2011)

In the rest of this post I will discuss the few epiphanies discovered by watching the 6 Asian comedies in my Digital Artefact. Those comedies can be found via these links.

DA Blog Posts (In Order)
‘Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!’
Watanabe’s Shiratori Mirei Skits
‘Invisible Man’
‘Gag Concert’
‘Mecha-Mecha Iketeru!’
‘Men on a Mission’

The original plan was to do a comedy variety show for a greater range of Asian countries as I wanted to see the difference in comedy styles but in the end I did 3 Korean Comedies and 3 Japanese because it was difficult finding ones that were accessible here and that had English subtitles. Maybe this is due to Japanese and Korean media being very popular in Western countries nowadays so there is easier access to subtitles.

As I discussed in the intro to my DA and the analysis of my independent autoethnography, there are many things to learn about society from comedies. Examples mentioned before are: how not to act in public, taboos, cultural norms, culture shock, relationships (familial, romantic, work), societal expectations and even more.

The Epiphanies and Things Noticed

  1. Through watching these comedy and variety shows I noticed from the get go with Gaki No Tsukai that physically hurting others seems to be a big thing that hasn’t died down but probably the method of inflicting pain has changed. In Gaki No Tsukai they used some sort of stick to hit the cast members, in Men on a Mission it was a rubber squeaky mallet. Slapstick and Physical comedy isn’t something popular in Western comedies anymore but people seem to like it a lot in Asian comedy.
  2. In Naomi Watanabe’s skits as discussed in that post a lot of the humour seemed to revolve around appearance based humour, but not in the typical way I’ve seen in a couple other Asian skits. They take her character Shiratori Mirei who is overweight and has her makeup and costuming done to create an unfortunate but hilarious look, and they make this character seem like the most beautiful woman in the show to everyone else. Often casting another more socially acceptable looking woman as the rival and that girl is seen as unattractive. In that post I discussed how I thought this was commentary on how people treat others based on just the physical aspects. While many Western viewers might’ve seen it as fatphobic and poor taste, I tried to look past that and enjoy what I believed was actually the point of the skit. (Main point was to obviously be funny) I want to think Naomi while being hilarious is also saying this is how differently you treat people who are less attractive (to society) to attractive people. Naomi Watanabe herself is gorgeous in real life and obviously has tons of personality I would continue watching if I can find more of her stuff.
  3. Acting cutesy is so common I just didn’t understand why. This is definitely a big difference from Western comedy acting like children as an adult would just be seen -as weird. I tried to get into it a bit and only really with Mecha-Mecha Iketeru did I actually enjoy it, because like myself another cast member found it painful and had many instances of getting irritated with it. This is probably just a bit of culture shock but I didn’t think that acting cute would be popular at all yet it was probably used in all of the comedies watched. While I don’t speak the languages you can tell they are using baby-tones, that was interesting. How universal baby-talk is even across languages.
  4. Any advertising is extremely obvious. I think in our own shows as long as it’s not on a stadium or something we try to mask the fact that we are being sponsored by something.  In some of these shows they would outright in the middle of speaking show a random product and do a hard sales pitch. It was kinda hilarious at first. Also models, singers and actors/actresses are often used as guests and they usually have a show or album of theirs that they are advertising. I don’t judge any of that, in fact I can appreciate the hustle. But to some western audiences people might say that the one’s producing the content are sell outs.
  5. Another thing noticed that relates to point no.2 is that the appearance based jokes while aimed at both men and women, seem to be more frequent with women. This doesn’t shock me at all since Western media is similar, but it’s just the types of people they commented on is what surprised me. (This point is aimed at Asian Media not the whole Asian populace) The women I saw being roasted for being ‘ugly’ seemed pretty normal looking to me, and even pretty. The one’s being called ‘fat’ are also not what I picture when you say that. This lead me to Google again. I then accidentally stumbled upon the beauty standards of both Korea and Japan cause I was so confused as to why these girls were being roasted like this, I did find out that the idea of what’s beautiful is incredibly narrow and being homogenous societies what is different isn’t as appreciated as it is in Australia. Although to be honest Australia has just as narrow and impossible standards.
  6. A last epiphany I learnt from the Korean variety shows is that there is informal (Banmal) and formal (Jondaemal) language (Romanisation of the Korean words), this changes based on who you speak to, so people older than you or higher up in work you will speak formally to. This is something I knew nothing about before watching the comedies. My own background is Zimbabwean X South African and I only know of some words you’d only say to friends, similar sort of idea behind it. Understanding it from my own background wasn’t too hard but maybe to a non ethnic Australian or someone who hasn’t grown up in diverse areas it would be a harder concept to grasp. Since I’ve noticed in some Aussie households people are pretty casual to older family and others, maybe that part of Language learning if they chose to would make things a bit harder.

Common Themes Across the Comedies

  1. Appearance based humour
  2. The element of surprise
  3. Thug, crime lord or gangster related jokes
  4. Gender based humour
  5. Physical pain
  6. Acting cute
  7. Reenacting drama scenes
  8. Roasting, Dissing and making fun of people


Caulley, Darrel N. (2008). Making qualitative research reports less boring: The techniques of writing creative nonfiction.Qualitative Inquiry, 14(3), 424-449.

Ellis, Carolyn (2004). The ethnographic I: A methodological novel about autoethnography. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.

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A Review on One Episode of Men on a Mission

Men on a Mission.
아는 형님

Aka Knowing Bros or Ask Us Anything.
Episode S1: E2
Can be found on Netflix.

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Basic Overview:

Korean male celebrities are in a high school setting pretending to be students, welcoming in star transfer students as guests every week and engaging in battles of witty humour and slapstick with the hosts Kang Ho-Dong, Lee Soo-Geun, Sang-Min Lee.
Episode Netflix Description: Eun Ji-Won from the group Sechs Kies challenges the class to a game of Indian poker. Kang Kyun-Sung, a singer from Noel, invites them to slackline.
First couple of minutes feature the guests asking quiz questions about themselves to the class.


I’ve noticed that quite a lot of Korean comedy techniques involves being sort of disrespectful or speaking down to people that are older than you. I’m learning that like in many cultures Koreans respect elders a lot, even if it’s just by a year or two.
Another theme is where they getting overly aggressive with each other and have mood swings.
Forcing people to do what you want, eg; sing, dance. Maybe through a use of age or physical intimidation. As the whole cast this episode are men and the bigger older guys are of course more imposing.
Superstition, Grab wood and spit. After one cast member said something bad that could happen another told him to do this. It’s similar to the western superstition of touch wood. I wonder where this came from.
Roasting and dissing is a common theme here, they are almost always making fun of eachother for comedy (seems to be a lot of roasting the size of someones head, I’m not sure why yet).
Physical pain, basically hurting each other seems to be another well used one.
Of course also the over dramatisation and yelling, screaming WOAAH everytime something slightly impressive happens, this dramatic theme makes it twice as hilarious when people are unimpressed by something.

Favourite Moments:

1  They are acting as thugs. Telling the guest Eun Ji Won  to take his hat off and then rushing at him.

2  Kyun-sung (long haired guest) suddenly drops his feminine, shy act and laughs like a maniac acting threateningly to Ho-Dong and hitting various classmates with the rubber mallet. They then gang up on him. He later gets super creepy as an act and everyone is backed up into a corner. He then unexpectedly hits Kang-Hoon whos minding his business. (Wheezing at this point)
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3 One of the other classmates holds up a please call the cops sign (Wheezing again) as Kyun-Sung goes absolutely mental in the background hitting everyone.
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The Review:

Wheezing laughter happened on way more than one occasion with this reality TV comedy show. I really enjoyed a lot of this especially the start, I think the hosts mesh well together and have good chemistry, not to compare but Ho-Dong was in Invisible Man as well and I enjoyed this one way more. I would definitely watch more of Men on a Mission and probably will do so soon. I have a strange love for Kyun-Sung’s character/bit with the multiple personalities and crazy mood changes. He went from feminine and kind looking to creepy, strange man, then to an absolute nutcase (In their words). He looks so innocent but somehow pulls of psychotic so well. This is one of the few comedies I will be continuing.



A Review on One Episode of Mecha-Mecha Iketeru!

Mecha-Mecha Iketeru


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Basic Overview:

Mecha-Mecha Iketeru is another variety game show that consists of a range of different games and skits that are often times not replayed again, making a unique experience each time. In this episode teams of Girl Group Japanese Idols “young manufactured stars/starlets marketed to be admired for their cuteness” declare their rivalries for other teams, take fun, light hearted jabs at each other and just have a good roast session for the first 16 minutes. Then they all play against each other in fun sports games each of the 8 girl groups has one team player go up and verse the other chosen players from other teams. All the girl groups have their own individual colour shirt to wear.
Three games were played Capture the Flag, High Jump and Sumo Wrestling.


In the beginning all the girls seem to get roasted, they commended one girl for growing tall but also pointed out how one girl grew in a different way (larger), and asked what her favourite food is. Pointing out people’s weight seems to be a common theme I’ve noticed. Otherwise the playful jabs and roasts are very common in this variety show.
Overly cute acting, I don’t enjoy watching grown ups act like babies I find it cringey but if others like that I won’t judge. Anytime this theme happens I get the urge to skip forward, this is a common one in both the Japanese and Korean variety shows I’ve seen.
I noticed at one point a host grabs or pokes one of the idols behinds (Ebisu Muscats group) which shocked me at first I had to go back and see again, it was addressed later when the girl pointed it out and the hosts both bowed to her twice. I wasn’t sure what to think of that one, I’ll just hope it was a planned bit.
Fake crying, a lot of the idols had a bit where they pretended to dramatically cry and the hosts checked and announced “NO TEARS”.

Favourite Moments:

1  When one of the young idols called the Ebisu Muscats group old all the ladies from that group started yelling and looking ready to fight and the hosts kept blowing whistles as a way of stopping them. I loved this as a contrast to all the overly cute bits.

2  The Ebisu Muscats team was given mini skirts instead of sports clothes one of those idols was worried her underwear would show and all the other teams were yelling that it wasn’t right and isn’t good enough when the host says they’ll edit a gunshot over it. (They said it was a mistake by staff- might’ve been a part of the joke) I liked this not cause it was funny but more because of the sisterhood and it shows that girl code is universal.

3  One of the Ebisu Muscats girls pulled her underwear or really small shorts up even higher than they ought to be, showing off butt-cheek, they had to censor it but that part made me laugh because of how casual she was about it, acting like it didn’t even happen. Kato-san the referee/host ended up putting a towel over her butt and when they finished that round of the game he got the towel back and wiped his sweaty face with it. (Got a snort out of me there)

4  I loved the general chilled out attitude of the Ebisu Muscats they are obviously my favourite, really contrasts with how overly cutesy and high pitched the rest of the idols were.  It made it funnier when they all tried fake crying multiple times with no tears coming out.

5  A recurring joke I enjoyed with Momochi acting over the top disgustingly adorable and Kato-san (referee, judge, host, etc) continuously dragging her off the set, with no care as to what was in the way.

6  Ookawa Ai from Idoling says her special power is having a flexible face and body then does a series of odd movements.

The Review:

At first Mecha-Mecha Iketeru was more fun to watch than actually funny, I will continue that statement even throughout. There were a lot of enjoyable moments but no real laugh out loud, gut pain inducing types of humours here. In the pop up note when the Ebisu Muscats showed up it labelled them as Porn Actresses, after a bit of research on their wikipedia page it says they mainly consist of Japanese gravure idols and AV idols.  I had no clue what these were before so I had to google even more. AV stands for Adult Video so that can range from the idol walking around their house in a bikini to actual porn. Gravure models seem to just be normal models to me but in Japan they are idols who model in minimal clothing (bikinis, lingerie, etc). That was just a bit of information that I had no clue about before this. But the Ebisu Muscats honestly made this video worth it to me, I loved how much more blunt they were, while still nice and cute I found them funnier and not grossly cute. The bits where Kato-san hated Momochi were relatable and hilarious. All together I enjoyed watching, it wasn’t the most hilarious variety show I’ve seen but I think I’ll have to watch more episodes before I come to any conclusion.



A Review on One Episode of Gag Concert

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Basic Overview:

A South Korean KBS founded Sketch Comedy TV show showcasing the power of stand up comedy. It started off in September 1999 and as it says online, Gag Concert is the oldest of South Korean comedy programs. In Gag concert a ton of different comedians show up to perform a variety of different skits to a live audience concert style. Episodes usually pass an hour and if one skit doesn’t suit you, chances are another will.

This episode featured the skits: The Boy Band / Still Alive / You Are So Bad / Real Modern Dictionary / Daddy's Little Girl / BBOOM Entertainment / Why We Don't Need Men / The King of Ratings / Yellow Sea / Badump Badump / The Legends / Dance Chatter / ...... / SISTAR29 / Ohseong and Haneum / The Uncomfortable Truth


Trying to condense the themes of so many skits into just a couple will be difficult but we can give it a go. Going over the top and being extra dramatic seems to be a common theme in a lot of different Asian comedies I’ve seen so far. The Element of Surprise is a common theme in this show, you don’t really know what will happen next and the names of the skits don’t give much away. Like in the previous review there seems to be a lot of reenacting scenes from romance dramas or incorporating aspects from that into the jokes.

Another theme I noticed a lot was if there was a woman who wasn’t exactly up to beauty standards that was joked about quite a bit, so a bigger girl said she was 100 times as beautiful as some I guess skinnier actress and a guy responds that she’s just 100 times her. Or two girls with big smiles dancing awkwardly and hitting on some guy, guy acted disgusted a bit. Although I think they are beautiful I suppose half of the joke is that they are a bit unattractive perhaps in Korean society. Picking on appearance is also done in Western comedies so this isn’t new but it is slightly a low blow and cheap form of humour. I did enjoy part of that skit though, the comedians themselves were funny.


Favourite Moments/Skits:

King of ratings: By far my favourite, featuring Shin Bora, Lee Sanghun and Kim Taewon. Two of them are on a dating show and second guy is playing as the director of the show, keeping an eye on the quickly falling and rising ratings. They start off too shy and cutesy but ratings start falling, so the director is shouting at them to be cooler. Shin Bora gets told acting crudely gets them more views. The whole time they are acting the ratings guy is shoutingYOU’RE SO COOL, PERFECT, DOMORE, THEY LIKE IT.” 

I love the delivery when she says “TO POOP!” She starts picking food out of her teeth and before date mans can say he hates it the ratings king yells that he loves it. We are at around 35 minutes in and ratings man keeps giving more and more crazy drama like queues that killed me completely.

Badump badump: This one starts at around 47 minutes in. It was actually quite sweet and adorable, it features two people who have been friends for 20 years and don’t realise that they like each other as more, they roast each other the whole time but it’s really enjoyable. Not slap the knee funny but it has it’s giggle-inducing parts and is just a feel good skit.

The legend: At 57:57 two guys come in with instruments painted on their mouths, the noise they make while pretending to tune them almost made me cry.

Ohseong and Haneum: This skit is second to last from what I remember, it has two grown men catching and throwing a ball and speaking like they are two bored children. They sound extremely gloomy but I’m surprised they didn’t mess up and drop the ball while acting. The way they talk really got to me and made me wheeze at some points, very childish phrasing but mature sentences, they talked about jobs, interviews and adult stuff but also buying cookies. One of them wore his glove and cap to an interview. This one was quite different to a lot of the skits and I really loved it.

The Review:

For some of the jokes because it is mainly a Korean audience I feel like you might need some cultural literacy to understand or at least Google, but even without that knowledge it’s not difficult to find something to laugh at. I really quite enjoyed this episode of Gag Concert and would actually go back and watch more. I appreciate some good stand up, while the reecuring fat and ugly jokes were grating and I wish they could distance themselves from it I’m sure some people would’ve loved them. The good thing about this show is that there are so many different skits so you’re bound to enjoy at least one. I laughed so much during this show yet for some skits total silence, that can’t be helped but all in all I was entertained and perhaps now I have some Korean comedians I’d like to watch more of.



BCM320 Group Project: JAPANESE INK (1)

Rachelle Esaid

Laws Surrounding Having Tattoos in Japan


Tatto artist Taiki Masuda. He is standing in front of Osaka Castle, holding a sign for his 'Save Tattooing in Japan' campaign. Taiki Masuda

    Throughout Japanese history there has been controversy towards tattoos. Tattoos or “Irezumi” the Japanese word for tattoos (Ashcraft and Hori, 2016), were inked on their bodies for multiple reasons. Of those reasons is many of the depictions express animals who have multiple properties, such as warding off diseases, bringing good fortune and blessing protection. It grew eventually to only be associated to the members of Yakuza. Tattooing laws in Japan are in a legal grey area at the moment but even before this from “…the late 19th Century to the end of World War II tattoos were illegal.” (Ashcraft and Hori, 2016) The ban was only lifted during the US occupation, fast forward to 2001 where Japan initiated the law of tattoo being classified as a medical practice and artists must acquire a medical license. This law…

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