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Stories about South Korea

6 October 2018

Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over “comfort women” statue

The mayor of Osaka wrote a 10-page letter in English listing -- often in bolded, underlined text -- a litany of reasons for the breakup.

3 April 2018

Why Did More Than 200,000 Koreans Petition to Shutter a Popular Website?

"If you are a user of this site, it means that you participate in sharing its toxicity into the world."

25 February 2018

Seoul's Doing Cafe Creates Community Around Feminism, Still a Taboo in South Korea

“There aren’t many places discussing these sorts of issues in Korea.”

21 September 2017

The Perils of Military Engagement Against North Korea

The Bridge

"Any country that considers an attack on North Korea must confront the question of who turned the DPRK into such a defiant rogue nation."

7 September 2017

Chinese Are Questioning the Government's Response to Pyongyang's Nuclear Tests

"Maintaining [social] stability is more important than human life?"

23 July 2017

A North Korean Refugee and Cartoonist Draws What Life Is Like for Those Who Escape

As a child, teachers praised Choi Seong-guk for his sketches of American soldiers that he says he made look “as ugly and violent as possible.”

7 March 2017

Frustrated by US Anti-Ballistic Missile System, China Punishes Korean Retailer Lotte

"Which is more destructive, South Korea's THAAD or North Korea's nuclear bomb? North Korea has VX nerve agent and nuclear bombs, aren't these more threatening?"

4 February 2017

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Wins Some Japanese Hearts, Infuriates Others

The new US Defense Secretary tried hard to reassure America's Japanese ally that Trump means no harm. Some were not impressed.

30 November 2016

These East African Countries Show How Teamwork and Technology Can Thwart Illegal Fishing

Innovation sparks success as nations collaborate to identify and take action against fishing vessels suspected of illegal fishing.

19 November 2016

This Woman Has Been Stuck in Korea for Three Years Trying to Get Home to the US

Her adoptive parents never filed paperwork to make her a US citizen, so Kim Craig fell through the cracks. And now she finds herself stuck in Korea after a visit.

26 October 2016

From China to Indonesia to Timor Leste, Discover the Beats of Asian Hip Hop

Time to update your playlist.

10 July 2016

She'll Get US Citizenship 60 Years After Being Adopted, But Thousands More Must Still Wait

Advocates say as many as 15,000 people who were adopted from abroad but never naturalized are waiting for legislation that would give them the chance to get documented too.

21 May 2016

How a Self-Taught Translator Created a Literary Masterpiece One Word at a Time

Deborah Smith only started to learn Korean six years ago. Her translation of Han Kang's book "The Vegetarian" just won the Man Booker International Prize for fiction.

1 February 2016

A Syrian Man Takes Refuge in a Korean Honeymoon Resort Island

Ahmed Lababidi, 22, left the war-ravaged city of Aleppo back in 2012, fleeing across the Turkish border. He followed his younger brother on a journey to South Korea.

22 January 2016

The Ever-Blurring Line Between Entertainment and Politics in China and Taiwan

A teenage K-pop performer's apology for waving a Republic of China flag—interpreted as supporting Taiwanese independence—recently went viral.

4 November 2015

Animated Series ‘South Park’ Showed China's President Kissing a Woman. Who Is She?

Chinese fans worried the scene, in which Xi Jinping kisses a Korean-speaking woman who is not his wife, could get the show banned.

1 November 2015

A School in the US Teaches Korean Dads ‘How to Hug’

The Duranno Father School is designed to transform stoic Korean dads into more loving and involved parents. The program includes a literal lesson on "how to hug."

7 October 2015

Chinese Women Spend Their Holiday Protesting Botched Cosmetic Surgery in South Korea

The majority of Chinese netizens weren't sympathetic to the women's protest. "Why have people in this land become so vain?" one commenter wrote.

4 October 2015

Why Young North Koreans Are Daring to Wear Skinny Jeans

Danbi is part of a generation of North Korean millennials who don't look to the country's leadership to provide for them in the same way their parents did.

25 February 2015

South Korea's Young Workers Earn ‘Passion Wages’, Meaning Hardly Anything at All

The buzzword "passion wage" reflects harsh conditions young South Korean people face nowadays in the workforce -- low or no pay to pursue their passion.

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