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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
March 27, 2020

Suspicions Grow in South Korea Over China’s Online Influence Operations

By Tae-jun Kang
Claims about Chinese attempts to divide South Korean society are gaining increasing attention.

March 23, 2020

Telegram Sex Slave Video Scandal Hits South Korea

By Tae-jun Kang
Yet another disturbing example of “rape culture” in South Korea has the public demanding government action.
March 06, 2020

South Korea Grapples With Mask Shortage Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

By Tae-jun Kang
The government is taking steps to further control the supply and distribution of masks, but is it too little, too late?

February 28, 2020

Public Anger Swells in South Korea Over Coronavirus Outbreak

By Tae-jun Kang
South Koreans are growing increasingly irate toward President Moon’s handling of the epidemic.

February 14, 2020

North Korea’s Bizarre Strategies for Tackling the Coronavirus Outbreak

By Tae-jun Kang
Pyongyang claims there have been no cases of the virus in the country. So why is it taking increasingly desperate measures?

February 01, 2020

North Korea Beefs Up Measures to Prevent Coronavirus Outbreak

By Tae-jun Kang
North Korea is undertaking unusually public efforts to combat the new disease.
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.

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