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Rising COVID Cases Obscure South Korea’s Economic Recovery
July 16, 2021

Rising COVID Cases Obscure South Korea’s Economic Recovery

By Kyle Ferrier
Just as South Korea's economy began to pick up steam, a new surge brought the tightest social distancing requirements since March 2020.

Bank of Korea Highlights Risks to COVID-19 Economic Recovery
June 24, 2021

Bank of Korea Highlights Risks to COVID-19 Economic Recovery

By Kyle Ferrier
The latest Financially Stability Report provides a picture of South Korea’s overall financial health – and there’s some worrying news.
Why Isn’t South Korea Buying Chinese Vaccines?
April 28, 2021

Why Isn’t South Korea Buying Chinese Vaccines?

By Jin Kai
Like many Asian countries, Seoul is having troubling sourcing vaccines. But unlike its neighbors, South Korea has so far refused to turn to a ready supplier: China.

As Vaccine Rollout Lags, South Koreans Sour on Government’s COVID-19 Response
April 26, 2021

As Vaccine Rollout Lags, South Koreans Sour on Government’s COVID-19 Response

By Mitch Shin
The slow rate of vaccinations amid the looming threat of a new wave has many Koreans on edge.

What Does South Korea Think of the China-US COVID Blame Game?
April 16, 2021

What Does South Korea Think of the China-US COVID Blame Game?

By Arpit Raswant and Jiye Kim
South Korean discourses are notably critical of both the Chinese and U.S. positions amid the ongoing pandemic.

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.

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.
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.

South Korea’s Vision for a More Inclusive Pandemic Recovery
January 28, 2021

South Korea’s Vision for a More Inclusive Pandemic Recovery

By Kyle Ferrier
South Korea was already struggling with economic inequality. The pandemic has made things worse.

South Korea’s Moon Lays Out Agenda for the Remainder of His Term
January 14, 2021

South Korea’s Moon Lays Out Agenda for the Remainder of His Term

By Troy Stangarone
President Moon Jae-in’s New Year’s Address reveals the focus for his last full year in office. Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 recovery tops the list.

Part-time Workers in South Korea Out of Luck
December 22, 2020

Part-time Workers in South Korea Out of Luck

By Mitch Shin
With the number of new cases rising, employers are asking part-time workers to furlough indefinitely. 
South Korea Prepares for Its Worst COVID-19 Scenario Yet
December 15, 2020

South Korea Prepares for Its Worst COVID-19 Scenario Yet

By Mitch Shin
Seoul has hesitated to tighten restrictions thus far, even as health authorities predict the number of daily cases might top 1,000.

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