Mark Mariano is an Australian-born Filipino writer, editor, speaker and panelist from Doonside. Mark completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at Western Sydney University in 2017, and currently works as the Program Guide Editor at SBS.
Proudly queer, Mark’s editorial and contributor work spans across Mamamia, ABC, and SBS. Mark is also active across SBS Filipino, SBS PopAsia, and SBS Voices.
Mark currently volunteers as an editor for The Western, a growing media hub created for Western Sydney by those who live and breathe it. Mark has also represented Australia at the Harvard University Project for Asian International Relations, a conference dedicated to connecting entrepreneurial minds across the Asia Pacific.
A pig emoji. The notification dinged, and the pink caricature flashed for a moment before disappearing. His profile picture was a park bench, and his bio read 'Discreet. Into Twinks. No Asians'. He had made sure I got his message before he blocked me. 'Just ignore them, you'll find someone!'
I'm sorry if this letter puts you on the spot. That isn't my intention. There are about three million thoughts swirling around in my mind, one of which being that this is a conversation we're never going to have. At least, not one that'll progress past a few stern looks and mumbled words.
With the fourth instalment of the Produce series in full swing, and over 1.3 million followers on the official Instagram, trainees from Produce X 101 have already begun to build an incredible multinational fan base. Survival programs like Produce have the power to skyrocket groups and individuals into K-pop stardom - but why doesn't it always work out?
K-pop has reached audiences all over the world, and it continues to grow thanks to the power of social media. As groups venture into markets outside of their own, is it now a requirement to have members who speak multiple languages? Or is music truly a universal language? [youtube video="lbZdH5H2690"]
Article published under ABC International content hub.
Let me begin by saying how great 2016 has been so far in terms of multicultural programming, and it goes without saying that The Family Law has pioneered the movement with its bold January release.
Though he got a great support from his friends when he came out, it was only few years ago that the SBS Publicity's Program Guide Editor really sat down with his parents and casually told them that he's gay.