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Tae-jun Kang

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

Posts by Tae-jun Kang
January 23, 2020

The Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak Hits Korea

By Tae-jun Kang
A new virus from China is affecting South Korea economically and politically.

January 13, 2020

China Tightens Grips on North Korean Defectors

By Tae-jun Kang
Arrests of North Korean defectors in China are up, even while Beijing moves to control North Korean propaganda within the Great Firewall.
January 04, 2020

How North Korea Uses ‘Students’ and ‘Trainees’ Overseas to Bypass UN Sanctions 

By Tae-jun Kang
A deadline for recalling North Korean workers has passed, but some have stayed or returned abroad by simply changing their visa type.

November 30, 2019

Is This the Next Baby Shark-Like Phenom?

By Tae-jun Kang
South Korea has a new mega-hit cartoon character: Pengsoo the giant penguin.

November 28, 2019

South Korean Conservatives, Seeking a Rebrand, Look to Media Mogul

By Tae-jun Kang
Former lawmaker Hong Jung-wook was seen as an attractive potential leader, but then a drug scandal ensnared his family.

November 09, 2019

South Korea’s Coffee Craze

By Tae-jun Kang
As Koreans’ taste for coffee continues to grow, global brands are taking notice.
November 01, 2019

Can North Korea Succeed in Mount Kumgang Without South Korea?

By Tae-jun Kang
Making Mount Kumgang into a profitable tourist destination will be difficult without South Korean cooperation.

October 25, 2019

Did South Korea Just Copy North Korean Fashion?

By Tae-jun Kang
Controversy over new palace uniforms hints at deeper public discontent with the Moon administration's North Korea policy.

October 17, 2019

North Korea’s Struggling Taxi Industry

By Tae-jun Kang
Once flourishing, North Korea’s taxi industry is struggling to remain profitable.

October 11, 2019

Is It Necessary for South Korea to Nurture Another Financial Hub?

By Tae-jun Kang
Building an additional international financial center in Jeonbuk could simply be a waste of money.

October 03, 2019

South Koreans Flock to Study Japan Amid Ongoing Tensions

By Tae-jun Kang
As tensions persist between Japan and South Korea, Japan-related book titles have seen a surge in popularity in South Korea.
September 14, 2019

South Korea Divided Over Nomination of Controversial Justice Minister

By Tae-jun Kang
The polarization from Cho Kuk's nomination threatens to hang over Korean politics for a while.

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