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Tae-jun Kang

Tae-jun Kang is a correspondent and columnist for The Diplomat and is currently based in Southeast Asia. He was previously a journalist for The Financial Times for four years, working in both Seoul and Hong Kong. Follow him on twitter: @taejun_kang

South Korea Eyes ASEAN’s Port Projects Amid Domestic Slowdown
February 16, 2019
South Korea Eyes ASEAN’s Port Projects Amid Domestic Slowdown
With the construction industry struggling at home, South Korean companies are looking abroad.
South Korea Eyes ASEAN’s Port Projects Amid Domestic Slowdown
North Korea’s Ginseng Drama
February 09, 2019
North Korea’s Ginseng Drama
There’s a reason the medicinal plant became fodder for a North Korean soap opera.
North Korea’s Ginseng Drama
Is Moon Jae-in Becoming a Lame Duck?
February 05, 2019
Is Moon Jae-in Becoming a Lame Duck?
Most South Korean presidents have faltered in their third years. Moon risks falling into the same trap.
Is Moon Jae-in Becoming a Lame Duck?
Is North Korea Moving Toward a Cashless Society?
January 26, 2019
Is North Korea Moving Toward a Cashless Society?
A Daily NK report recalls recommendations for North Korea to jumpstart economic activity through new financial technology.
Is North Korea Moving Toward a Cashless Society?
Controversy Swells Over South Korea's Conscientious Objectors
January 12, 2019
Controversy Swells Over South Korea's Conscientious Objectors
Government and judicial moves to allow religious exceptions to mandatory military service spark backlash in South Korea.
Controversy Swells Over South Korea's Conscientious Objectors
YouTube Emerges as a New Tool for South Korean Whistleblowers
January 05, 2019
YouTube Emerges as a New Tool for South Korean Whistleblowers
A recent case underscores the changing trend of Korean whistleblowers -- and the longstanding challenges they continue to face.
YouTube Emerges as a New Tool for South Korean Whistleblowers
What’s Behind Laos’ New Budget Crackdown?
December 28, 2018
What’s Behind Laos’ New Budget Crackdown?
A closer look at the rising focus on the regulation of public expenditure and its significance.
What’s Behind Laos’ New Budget Crackdown?
Is South Korea Ready to Say Goodbye to Its National Security Law?
December 21, 2018
Is South Korea Ready to Say Goodbye to Its National Security Law?
Amid the inter-Korean thaw, it's time to revisit the 70-year-old law against praising North Korea.
Is South Korea Ready to Say Goodbye to Its National Security Law?
Can North and South Korea Narrow Their Gap Through Media Exchanges?
December 07, 2018
Can North and South Korea Narrow Their Gap Through Media Exchanges?
Negative and false reporting is a problem for both Koreas. But how to address it without stifling South Korean freedom?
Can North and South Korea Narrow Their Gap Through Media Exchanges?
South Korea, Laos Move to Solidify Ties
December 01, 2018
South Korea, Laos Move to Solidify Ties
From a popular television show to a tragic dam collapse, recent years have seen numerous links between the two countries.
South Korea, Laos Move to Solidify Ties
What Was Presented at South Korea's Latest Military Exhibition?
November 17, 2018
What Was Presented at South Korea's Latest Military Exhibition?
Drones, previously an underutilized resource for the South Korean military, stole the show.
What Was Presented at South Korea's Latest Military Exhibition?
What Is Next for South Korea's Official Online Petition Channel?
November 10, 2018
What Is Next for South Korea's Official Online Petition Channel?
More than a year after its unveiling, it's time to evaluate the Moon administration's online petition system.
What Is Next for South Korea's Official Online Petition Channel?
South Korean Broadcasters Change the Way They Cover North Korea
November 02, 2018
South Korean Broadcasters Change the Way They Cover North Korea
As the inter-Korean thaw continues, South Korean broadcasters are getting more serious about reporting on the North.
South Korean Broadcasters Change the Way They Cover North Korea
Should South Korea Be Worried About Media Freedom?
October 26, 2018
Should South Korea Be Worried About Media Freedom?
Despite gains under Moon Jae-in, some more ominous recent signs have advocates worried.
Should South Korea Be Worried About Media Freedom?
Feeling Blue: South Korea's Passport Debate
October 19, 2018
Feeling Blue: South Korea's Passport Debate
South Korea's plan to change the color of its passport to the same hue used by North Korea faces public concern.
Feeling Blue: South Korea's Passport Debate
Unscrupulous Middle Men Taint South Korea's Cosmetic Surgery Industry
October 15, 2018
Unscrupulous Middle Men Taint South Korea's Cosmetic Surgery Industry
More and more foreigners are looking to South Korea for cosmetic surgery -- and some are seeking to take advantage.
Unscrupulous Middle Men Taint South Korea's Cosmetic Surgery Industry
Housing in the Hermit Kingdom: North Korea's Real Estate Market
October 05, 2018
Housing in the Hermit Kingdom: North Korea's Real Estate Market
Thawing relations have South Koreans thinking about investing in North Korean real estate.
Housing in the Hermit Kingdom: North Korea's Real Estate Market
What’s Behind North Korea’s Pine Mushroom Gift to South?
September 28, 2018
What’s Behind North Korea’s Pine Mushroom Gift to South?
How a humble mushroom became fraught with meaning for inter-Korea relations.
What’s Behind North Korea’s Pine Mushroom Gift to South?
South Korea's Former PM Emerges as New Conservative Torchbearer 
September 22, 2018
South Korea's Former PM Emerges as New Conservative Torchbearer 
Many conservatives are looking to Hwang Kyo-ahn to reunite a divided movement.
South Korea's Former PM Emerges as New Conservative Torchbearer 
South Korean Right's YouTube Dominance Catches North Korea's Eye
September 17, 2018
South Korean Right's YouTube Dominance Catches North Korea's Eye
Pyongyang is worried by a new trend: the rise of South Korean conservatives on YouTube.
South Korean Right's YouTube Dominance Catches North Korea's Eye
What Is Happening With South Korea's Pension Fund?
September 14, 2018
What Is Happening With South Korea's Pension Fund?
What's going on with South Korea's the National Pension Service? That's what a lot of Koreans are wondering.
What Is Happening With South Korea's Pension Fund?
How Far Has North Korea Come With Cryptocurrency?
September 07, 2018
How Far Has North Korea Come With Cryptocurrency?
The idea seems far-fetched, but Pyongyang is actively trying to advance the necessary technology.
How Far Has North Korea Come With Cryptocurrency?
North Korea's 'Artistic' Way of Making Foreign Money: Art Sales
August 31, 2018
North Korea's 'Artistic' Way of Making Foreign Money: Art Sales
Amid international sanctions, selling North Korean art is a creative way to bring in foreign currency.
North Korea's 'Artistic' Way of Making Foreign Money: Art Sales
What to Know About Doing Business in North Korea
August 25, 2018
What to Know About Doing Business in North Korea
A closer look at how foreign companies could enter North Korea -- and whether it's worth the risk.
What to Know About Doing Business in North Korea
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