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Layne Vandenberg

Layne Vandenberg

Layne Vandenberg is a PhD candidate in the King’s College London and University of Hong Kong Joint PhD Programme.

Layne Vandenberg is a PhD student in the King’s College London and University of Hong Kong Joint PhD Programme. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, completed a Fulbright Research Grant in Brazil and graduated from the Yenching Academy at Peking University with a Master of Laws in International Relations. Her research has focused on football (soccer) and sports policy, including the FIFA World Cup, the Olympic Games, and football reform in China.

Posts by Layne Vandenberg
September 28, 2020

Uncle Roger: The East to West Comedic Sensation

By Layne Vandenberg
Nigel Ng’s viral comedy sketches, featuring his middle-aged Malaysian “uncle” alter-ego, have resonated with fans both in Asia and the West.

September 21, 2020

Beyond Data Privacy: Trump’s Proposed Ban of WeChat 

By Layne Vandenberg
The broader success factors behind Tencent and WeChat indicate alternative motivations for Trump’s proposed ban.
August 31, 2020

Meet Narmak, Creator of the Viral SpongeBob Anime Suponjibobu

By Layne Vandenberg
Narmak’s viral SpongeBob anime is built upon organic influences of both Western and Eastern cultures on his work. 

August 07, 2020

The Disparate Reality and Reputation of Chinese Museums

By Layne Vandenberg
China has a poor international reputation when it comes to accessibility for foreign visitors, but what about its museums?

July 21, 2020

The Political Activism of K-pop Stans

By Layne Vandenberg
K-pop fans are making waves with activism both within the K-pop music industry and in global politics. 

July 16, 2020

K-pop Leads With ‘Contactless’ Concerts

By Layne Vandenberg
K-pop groups are proving that the art of the performance can have a virtual future, even beyond COVID-19 restrictions.
May 19, 2020

Sports Behind Closed Doors: Lessons from the Koreas

By Layne Vandenberg
Post-COVID sports may resemble the October 2019 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between the men’s national teams from North and South Korea.

May 01, 2020

Taiwan’s Language Politics and Tigertail’s Trilingualism 

By Layne Vandenberg
Tigertail combines Taiwanese, Mandarin, and English languages to portray the reality of Asian American immigrants and modern-day Taiwan.  

April 13, 2020

Animal Crossing Pulled From Chinese E-commerce Platforms

By Layne Vandenberg
China has unofficially banned the popular video game to continue to suppress online forms of protest amid COVID-19 isolation.

April 13, 2020

Chinese Catholics: Lent in the Time of COVID-19

By Layne Vandenberg
How do Catholics in Hebei, China, maintain a strong community amid the COVID-19 pandemic?

April 06, 2020

How Can China Fulfill Its Rising Meat Demand?

By Layne Vandenberg
Cultivated meat could be a possible solution to satisfy China’s heightened demand.
March 28, 2020

Globalizing the Korean Concert Industry

By Layne Vandenberg
The Korean music industry has evolved from an afterthought to a staple destination for Western artists.

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