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Tae-jun Kang

Tae-jun Kang

Tae-jun Kang is a correspondent and columnist for The Diplomat.

Tae-jun Kang was previously a journalist for The Financial Times for four years, working in both Seoul and Hong Kong. Follow him on twitter: @taejun_kang

Posts by Tae-jun Kang
October 13, 2020

North Korea’s No-Mask Military Parade Angers South Korea

By Tae-jun Kang
Apparently North Korea’s commitment to fighting COVID-19 – which saw a South Korean official killed in early October – has its limits.

October 09, 2020

North Korea Strengthens Propaganda Efforts Ahead of Key Party Anniversary

By Tae-jun Kang
There hasn't been much to celebrate in North Korea this year. But with a key anniversary looming, the propaganda machine is trying to set a more festive mood.
October 05, 2020

South Korea Baffled by Stop-and-Search, Police Bus Walls During Protests

By Tae-jun Kang
Moves to disrupt anti-government protests were justified as a COVID-19 response measure, but many suspect a darker motivation.

September 25, 2020

Role of Unification Ministry Questioned After South Korean Official Shot Dead by the North

By Tae-jun Kang
The gruesome incident has raised old questions about the ministry's role and purpose.

September 12, 2020

Sherlock Holmes in Seoul? South Korea Opens the Door for ‘Private Detectives’ 

By Tae-jun Kang
South Korea takes a small step toward permitting – and potentially regulating – a previously banned profession.

September 08, 2020

Is North Korea Changing Its Approach to Journalism?

By Tae-jun Kang
A new report from a North Korean university stresses the importance of using social media in reporting.
September 03, 2020

As COVID-19 Surges in South Korea, Doctors Are Furious Over Government Training Plan

By Tae-jun Kang
The government's plan to train more doctors has sparked controversy and a doctors' strike -- all in the middle of a global pandemic.

August 24, 2020

South Korea Reacts to News North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Is Delegating Power

By Tae-jun Kang
The report has led to a wave of rumors – Kim in a coma? – and accusations – Seoul trying to “distract” the public from its own missteps.

August 13, 2020

South Korea’s President, Democratic Party Lose Momentum Amid Real Estate Market Turmoil

By Tae-jun Kang
For the first time in nearly four years, the conservative party has notched a higher approval rating than the DPK.

August 11, 2020

What a Blackface Photo Says About South Korea’s Racism Problem

By Tae-jun Kang
The image of high schoolers in blackface -- and the backlash -- speaks to a growing consciousness toward racism in South Korea.

August 05, 2020

Will South Korea Relocate Its Administrative Capital?

By Tae-jun Kang
The Democratic Party raised the idea amid soaring real estate prices in Seoul -- and dwindling populations in the rest of the country.
July 25, 2020

A ‘Shoe Revolution’ in South Korea?

By Tae-jun Kang
Why are South Korean protesters throwing shoes into the air? 

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