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COVID-19 Has Widened South Korea’s Gender Gap
February 26, 2021

COVID-19 Has Widened South Korea’s Gender Gap

By Troy Stangarone
As in many countries, the pandemic has had an outsized impact on women.

A Korean Poet Is the Latest Example of China’s ‘Cultural Imperialism’
February 26, 2021

A Korean Poet Is the Latest Example of China’s ‘Cultural Imperialism’

By Choi Seong Hyeon
Baidu’s introduction of a popular Korean poet as “Chinese” adds more fuel to the theory that China is trying to “steal” Korean cultural icons.
On ‘Comfort Women’ and Academic Freedom: A Rebuttal
February 23, 2021

On ‘Comfort Women’ and Academic Freedom: A Rebuttal

By Yong-Shik Lee and Chan Un Park
Academic freedom does not protect outright falsehoods and distortions.

Korean Volleyball Players’ Abuse Case Triggers National Reckoning on Toxic Sports Culture 
February 23, 2021

Korean Volleyball Players’ Abuse Case Triggers National Reckoning on Toxic Sports Culture 

By Mitch Shin
Following reports alleging physical and verbal abuse by two female national volleyball team players, more and more professional athletes have been accused of bullying.  

Why South Korea Still Hasn’t Vaccinated Anyone 
February 18, 2021

Why South Korea Still Hasn’t Vaccinated Anyone 

By Justin Fendos
South Korea's delayed start to vaccinations is likely due to the government's initial preference for domestic production.

On ‘Comfort Women’ and Academic Freedom
February 18, 2021

On ‘Comfort Women’ and Academic Freedom

By Joseph Yi and Joe Phillips
The recent controversy over a Harvard professor’s article showcases how limited the space for debate and discussion on the issue has become.

Harvard Professor’s Article Sparks Outrage Over Its Depiction of Japanese Military Brothels
February 16, 2021

Harvard Professor’s Article Sparks Outrage Over Its Depiction of Japanese Military Brothels

By Mitch Shin
While U.S. scholars and politicians criticized the article, it was defended by far-right activists in Japan – and South Korea.
South Korea: United Nations Command, the Bête Noire of Alliance Management
February 12, 2021

South Korea: United Nations Command, the Bête Noire of Alliance Management

By Anthony W. Holmes
The UNC is the target of deep distrust and sometimes paranoia in South Korea. Why?

South Korea’s Largest Internet Portal Shuts Down Controversial Trending Searches Chart
February 11, 2021

South Korea’s Largest Internet Portal Shuts Down Controversial Trending Searches Chart

By Jenna Gibson
Naver will shutter the feature, which has been subject to economic and political manipulation in the past.

Korean American K-pop Stars Promote Mental Health Awareness
February 10, 2021

Korean American K-pop Stars Promote Mental Health Awareness

By Associated Press
Many recording artists struggle to cope with the trappings of fame, made more difficult by the perception of mental health as taboo topic.

South Korea Restarts Cost-Sharing Negotiations With Washington 
February 09, 2021

South Korea Restarts Cost-Sharing Negotiations With Washington 

By Mitch Shin
With a new administration in Washington, Seoul welcomed the chance to resume SMA negotiations that have been stalled for nearly a year. 
The Impact of COVID-19 on South Korean Trade in 2020
February 04, 2021

The Impact of COVID-19 on South Korean Trade in 2020

By Troy Stangarone
South Korea took minimal economic damage overall, but sector-specific impacts varied widely.

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