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Stories about South Korea

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.

6 February 2015

Malaysian Fan Girls Threatened With Jail Time Over Public Hugs From K-Pop Stars

One Malaysian TV channel posted a YouTube video of a fan meeting with band B1A4 under a title that accused the musicians of having "molested Muslim girls".

1 February 2015

Australia Beats Determined South Korea 2-1 to Win 2015 Asian Cup

Australia's Socceroos have won the 2015 Asian Cup in a tough, close contest against South Korea. A goal in extra time gave the home team a 2-1 victory in Sydney.

4 January 2015

Countdown to Asian Cup 2015 Heats Up in Australia

The temperatures in Australia are soaring a week before hosting the Asian Cup 2015 starting 9 January.

5 December 2014

Everyone but South Koreans Can Watch South Korean TV on YouTube

South Korea's major TV networks are restricting Internet users in the country from watching their content on YouTube, but users with international IP addresses can still enjoy their videos.

22 September 2014

Central Asia and South Korea Are More Connected Than You Might Think

South Korea is an unheralded but important partner to the post-Soviet states of Central Asia, serving both as a destination for Central Asian migrants and a source of regional trade.

18 September 2014

Why Is It Such a Controversy to Start the School Day at 9am in South Korea?

Some schools in South Korea have adopted a new "9am late-start system," provoking a nationwide debate about reforming the way children are educated and mature.

13 September 2014

A Group of University Students in Kyoto Want Japan, China and Korea to Just Be ‘Happy’

Relations between the three countries are often prickly because of territorial and historical disputes. A group of students made a 'Happy' video to promote a message of friendship.

1 September 2014

From Liberia to South Korea, West Africa's Ebola Outbreak Is Met With Ignorance and Paranoia

A pub in South Korea posted a notice turning away Africans "due to Ebola virus," and a Nigerian millionaire preacher is offering to cure Ebola patients with his special water.

18 August 2014

Pope Francis’ New Wheels Cause a Stir in South Korea

Pope Francis' inaugural visit to South Korea caused a media frenzy, thanks in part to scenes of the pontiff riding around in a Kia, instead of a bulletproof sedan.

7 August 2014

Hollywood Studios Sue 15 South Koreans for Subtitling Their TV Shows Without Permission

South Korean subtitlers were sued by Hollywood studios for their translation of popular TV shows. Is there any talking points missing from Western media report?

29 July 2014

Seoul Says No to Uber, But Don't Put Down Your Mobile Just Yet

Seoul is banning Uber and planning to release its own mobile app for taxi services. Who wins from such a move?

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