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Is This the Next Baby Shark-Like Phenom?
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.

South Korea’s 2 New Year Celebrations
January 15, 2019

South Korea’s 2 New Year Celebrations

By Layne Vandenberg
South Korea’s two New Years celebrations comes with an array of foods and rituals to celebrate with family.
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.

The #MeToo Movement Finally Arrives in South Korea
February 13, 2018

The #MeToo Movement Finally Arrives in South Korea

By Justin Fendos
South Korea has a subdued history of failed efforts against sexual harassment.

South Korea's New Anti-Graft Law: A Diplomatic Question
October 13, 2016

South Korea's New Anti-Graft Law: A Diplomatic Question

By Maximilian Ernst
As with any new law, there are many initial uncertainties with regards to the scope and implementation.

South Korea's Love-Hate Relationship With the Chinese Language
November 05, 2015

South Korea's Love-Hate Relationship With the Chinese Language

By Jin Kai
The use of Chinese characters in South Korea (and related controversies) reveal the intersecting cultures of East Asia.

Not Lost in Translation
April 27, 2011

Not Lost in Translation

Kyung-Sook Shin’s latest novel has hit it big in the US. So why has ‘Please Look After Mom’ been so successful?

March 01, 2011

K-Pop Versus J-Pop

Korean pop keeps growing in popularity. Why are K-pop acts leaving their J-pop peers behind?

February 01, 2011

Priest to Promote Korean Comics?

Will a 3-D Hollywood horror film be well-received enough to draw attention toward South Korea’s comic scene?

January 01, 2011

Will Manhwa Catch Manga?

Comics are getting a boost thanks to the iPad. Does this mean Korean comics will now get a share of the spotlight too?

Japan Loves Its Leggy, Cool K-Pop
December 24, 2010

Japan Loves Its Leggy, Cool K-Pop

Female Korean pop groups are taking off overseas—especially in Japan. Is K-Pop success thanks to more leg…and talent?

October 29, 2010

Calm Ahead for Korean Wave?

Was the dramatic rise in interest for Korean culture spontaneous or manufactured? And how long will it last?

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