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  • Several sites wrote about the effort to #DiversifyAgentCarter which was launched by the tweet ‘Someone should create a #DiversifyAgentCarter tag & fill it with facts about the 40’s in New York so the writers have no excuse.'” As the post at Women Write About Comics discussed, “[P]eople began adding stories and photos of women and minorities who played integral roles during World War II and the post-war period, painting a much less white New York City than the one Agent Carter depicts, from Drag Balls to integrated government agencies to plenty of women spies. The hashtag is worth checking out if you’re interested in learning about some forgotten heroes of history.”
  • A post at NPR’s ‘Code Switch’ blog added: “Honestly, I blame Black History Month for this. So often, we focus on history that fits within a narrow range: The civil rights movement, the Civil War, American slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. While those are all important pieces of history to focus on, they are not the whole story — and they lead people who’ve only ever paid attention to black history during February to presume that we did not exist outside of those particular moments in time.”
  • UCLA’s Asia Institute hosted a presentation on Writing on Star Actresses: Politics, Morality and Literati Fandom in Early Republican Beijing. PhD candidate Jiacheng Liu had focused her dissertation on “how women, previously banned by the Qing dynasty, entered into the male-dominated theater profession and helped to reshape the repertoire and performance, redefine femininity, and facilitate a range of new social and cultural arrangements in the early Republican Beijing.”
  • IBN Live recently brought back a more current example of Chinese fandom, this one focusing on ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’. In an NPR feature, the owner of 2 cafes modeled on ‘Central Perk’ discussed its popularity. “Reruns of the show serve as a language-learning tool for Chinese university students. The show is particularly popular for its use of colloquial language and as an introduction to American culture. It’s also popular because of the laid-back, friendship-filled lifestyle it portrays, far from the stressful, competitive world that Chinese young people inhabit. ‘That’s why we like Friends…[w]e’re looking for this kind of life.'”

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