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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
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.

September 07, 2019

South Korean Government and Prosecutors Clash Over Justice Minister Nominee

By Tae-jun Kang
The nominee for justice minister -- Cho Kuk -- is at the center of a growing list of allegations.

August 29, 2019

Public Anger Grows in South Korea Over Justice Minister Nominee

By Tae-jun Kang
The scandal surrounding Cho Kuk taps into deeper sentiments that only the rich and powerful can succeed in South Korea.
August 16, 2019

Death of North Korean Defector Sparks Concerns About South Korean Policies

By Tae-jun Kang
Defector groups in South Korea accuse the government of not doing enough to help North Korean arrivals.

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