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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
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.
March 19, 2020

Tokyo 2020: Avoiding Panic or Saving Face?

By Layne Vandenberg
Are the IOC and the Japanese government hesitant to cancel the Summer Olympic Games because they want to quell public fear -- or avoid embarrassment?

February 06, 2020

Yanxi Palace Spin-off Turns to Netflix 

By Layne Vandenberg
The spin-off has moved to Netflix, showing that Chinese censors are not worried about international audiences.

January 31, 2020

The Face of the Coronavirus: Face Masks

By Layne Vandenberg
Exclusively associating face masks with the coronavirus vilifies Chinese culture and fashion. 

January 23, 2020

Who Is Behind K-pop’s Viral Choreography?

By Layne Vandenberg
The minds behind K-pop dance choreography, one of K-pop’s most iconic features, deserve formal recognition. 

December 11, 2019

On Capturing Everyday Life: A Conversation with Kazuhiro Soda

By Layne Vandenberg
Filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda broke from mainstream documentary production to give his viewers the power of observation.
December 02, 2019

Queer Eye’s Adaptation to Japanese Audiences

By Layne Vandenberg and Emi Suzuki
Netflix’s Queer Eye: We’re in Japan! incorporates popular tropes of Japanese television to appeal to local viewers and address modern day issues.

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