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The Korean Wave’s Rocky Road in China
January 28, 2023

The Korean Wave’s Rocky Road in China

By Wang Linbin
After over six years, China has partially removed its ban on South Korean cultural content, but hallyu in China may never return to its glory days.

How Has the ‘Korean Wave’ Impacted Japan-South Korea Relations?
January 06, 2023

How Has the ‘Korean Wave’ Impacted Japan-South Korea Relations?

By Wang Linbin
The Korean Wave, or hallyu, has seen ups and downs in Japan, but could exert political influence over the long term.
K-Dramas Resurrect Long-Buried Memories in Vietnam
May 10, 2022

K-Dramas Resurrect Long-Buried Memories in Vietnam

By Travis Vincent
Obsessed with South Korean dramas, Vietnamese youths are oblivious to the atrocities committed by Korean soldiers during the Vietnam War. But their elders remember.

From Ethnic Nationalism to Social Media: How North Korea Leverages Its Soft Power Abroad
August 17, 2021

From Ethnic Nationalism to Social Media: How North Korea Leverages Its Soft Power Abroad

By Jason Bartlett
Kim Jong Un recently instructed the country’s propagandists to improve overseas messaging efforts.

The Korean Wave Rises in the UAE
October 05, 2020

The Korean Wave Rises in the UAE

By Donya Saberi
K-drama, K-beauty, and Korean fried chicken in the UAE.

What Puts the K in K-pop?
August 15, 2019

What Puts the K in K-pop?

By Jenna Gibson
Non-Korean singers raise questions about race and identity in Korean pop music.

How Netflix Is Reshaping South Korean Entertainment
April 29, 2019

How Netflix Is Reshaping South Korean Entertainment

By Troy Stangarone
The streaming giant is reshaping Korean entertainment, even while boosting its popularity around the world.
BTS and the Global Spread of Korean Soft Power
March 01, 2019

BTS and the Global Spread of Korean Soft Power

By Wantanee Suntikul
People-to-people cultural diplomacy fuels the band’s burgeoning global fame and influence.

The Rise of South Korea’s Soft Power in the Middle East
March 14, 2018

The Rise of South Korea’s Soft Power in the Middle East

By Donya Saberi
As the case of the UAE shows, Seoul has enticed greater relations via pop culture and reinforced its interests with economic power.

Time for China to Rethink South Korea Relations?
August 09, 2016

Time for China to Rethink South Korea Relations?

By Jin Kai
China may need to rationally rethink its approach to South Korea.

Is China Already Taking Its Revenge for THAAD?
August 03, 2016

Is China Already Taking Its Revenge for THAAD?

By Jenna Gibson
Cultural exchanges have started to become restricted, but can China really give up its addiction to Hallyu?
K-Culture Diplomacy: From São Paulo to Tehran
May 10, 2016

K-Culture Diplomacy: From São Paulo to Tehran

By Anaïs Faure
Seoul rides the "Korean Wave" to promote its soft power far beyond East Asia.

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