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Pop culture

What’s going on?

If you’re studying or working abroad, you pass through the tourist stage in a very short time, a matter of days or weeks, at most. Then what? You’re not exactly a native, not by a long shot. But you’re still living there. You can’t study or work 24 hours a day. So after you’re done for the day, what’s going on? The easy way is to hang out with other foreigners, other ex-patriates. The hard way is to venture out where the locals are.

  • what’s on TV and radio? what are the young people in your country listening to on their iPods?
  • current events. What’s the latest disaster? Who’s popular, the local “stars”?
  • what newspapers do people read?
  • what’s in the movie theaters, the sports stadiums, and the concert halls?
  • what’s in the clubs and bars? how much does a beer cost?
  • what’s the most popular beer in your country? Beers | More Beers Can you find a commercial for that beer on YouTube?

Where do the ex-pats hang out? Where do the locals hang out?

Search using these terms — television, nightclubs, etc. — and your city and country. For example: < clubs Bangkok Thailand >

wikipedia
link

currency to 1 US$

tld

airfare
to cap
(US$)

airtime (hr)

via

googlemaps pop culture movie trailer music video

India

50 INR

Indian Rupee

.in

1,400

17

Brussels

translate

news

India

New Delhi

images night life

video hip hop

Doctor I Love You (2015)

Jukebox of Best Item Songs of Bollywood

Girish Kumar & Shruti Haasan | Atif Aslam & Shreya Ghoshal – Jeene Laga Hoon

Indonesia

10,977 IDR

Indonesian Rupiah

.id

1,300

24

Istanbul –>
Singapore

translate

images night life

video hip hop

Bajaj Bajuri (2014) Peterpan – Kisah Cintaku

Thailand

30 THB

Thai Baht

.th

1,400

20

Beijing

translate 

news

Thailand

Bangkok

images night life 

video hip hop

30+ Singles (2011) Yinglee – Your Heart For My Number (Kau Jai Tur Lak Bur Toh)

Malaysia

3.60 MYR

Malaysian Ringgit

.my

1,400

23

NYC -> Seoul

translate Hanyut (2013) Malaysian Boy Music Video
Malaysia ‘KL Gangster

Vietnam

21,000 VND

Vietnamese Dong

.vn

1,100

23

NYC -> Tokyo

translate 美人計 – The Lady Assassin (2013) Vietnamese Pop Music

Japan

118 JPY

Japanese Yen

.jp

1,500

16

Wash., D.C.

translate The Passion (2014) Perfume – Game

China

6.3 CNY

Chinese Yuan Renminbi

.cn

1,200

17

Chicago

translate 

news 

China 

Beijing

images night life 

video hip hop

Wu Dang (2012) Top Chinese Song 2013

S. Korea

1,142.50 KRW

S. Korean Won

.kr

1,300

18

Tokyo

translate

news

Korea

Seoul

images night life

video hip hop

7 Days (2007)

Flu (감기) – (2013)

Girls’ Generation 소녀시대 – I Got a Boy

Netherlands

.89 Euro

.nl

980

9

Phila-delphia

translate

news

Netherlands

The Hague

images night life

video hip hop

Dutch Influence (2013) (web) Armin van Buuren, Sharon den Adel – In and Out of Love

United States

200

1

non-stop

news

images night life

video hip hop

exchange rates on Jan 20, 2015 at Xrate

fares and itineraries to capital city from Jan 15 – May 15, 2014

source: Orbitz.com, Sept 1 and 9, 2013. You may be able to beat those prices at CheapTickets.com.


To learn more about the culture of your country, Google is your best friend:

Google Earth (free download) | Images Maps Translate News Video, especially YouTube

iGoogle (personalized Google home page) has gadgets (AKA widgets) for worldwide media.

Google Hangouts for your conversations.

If you have or will download iTunes, it has a Radio feature in the Library. This feature has, on mine, had 400 streams of music from around the world when I took this screenshot last year. It is now almost double. Explore and discover!

Television Radio Pop Music Print – Nightlife
Movies, Concerts, Events, and Clubs
Social Media
MeeVee.com Worldwide Live Radio Top40-Charts.com Google News List of social networking websites
wwiTV.com Radio Beta – refine by Continent Worldwide Music Charts World Newspapers and Magazines Facebook clones
Media Hopper RadioGuide.FM – radio stations online World Music Charts Europe Online Newspapers – Thousands of world newspapers at our fingertips Pingdom’s Nine extremely successful non-English social networking sites
TVWorldwide.com WorldTVRadio Charts All Over the World
TV ZAP

Newspaper sites have TV schedules so you can see how much is local programming. How much influence does English-language media seem to have? Subtitled? Dubbed?

Pop music

From the current charts, you can search for the artists to find their sites or to find their music on file-sharing services. I especially recommend Bit Torrent software such as Vuze.

If you download media files (such as .m3u or .ogg) that don’t play on Windows Media Player or some other media player that you downloaded, try a search using the file format and “player” as search terms.

The most versatile player I know is the VLC media player.

Print – Nightlife – Movies, Concerts, Events, and Clubs

You should try newspaper web sites to look for names of theaters and clubs and use that information to find the theater and club web sites. Those names also make useful search terms at YouTube and Google Images.

Social Media

Is there a local MySpace / Facebook site? In the Netherlands, it’s Hyves.nl. By then clicking on the Music tab, I can get an earful of what’s popular but maybe not on the official charts. I haven’t found one web site that lists and links to all social media sites worldwide, so be on the lookout for something similar to Hyves in your country.