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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
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.

November 08, 2019

Parasite: Moving Beyond ‘Foreign’

By Layne Vandenberg
Parasite is praised as a “foreign” film; but does it have to be?

October 12, 2019

Blizzard and Mei: Makings of Online Protest

By Layne Vandenberg
The Overwatch character Mei is taking center stage as online support for the Hong Kong protests overflows.

October 10, 2019

Sports Diplomacy: The Case of the Two Koreas

By Layne Vandenberg
North Korea has long used sport as a means for diplomacy, humanizing the regime and its people.
October 05, 2019

Nationalism in China’s Wandering Earth

By Layne Vandenberg
Chinese blockbuster Wandering Earth explores a future marked by environmental chaos and loss of home, saved only by Chinese heroism and family.

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