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Stories about South Korea

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?

15 May 2014

South Korean TV Reporters Apologize for Their Flawed Ferry Coverage

Young journalists for KBS (Korea Broadcasting System) have confessed that their ferry disaster reports were biased and too pro-government.

6 May 2014

Specter of China Loomed Over Obama's Asian Tour

Many interpreted the U.S. president's actions on his much-ballyhooed "pivot to Asia" as a not-so-subtle message to China.

South Korea: Stunning Sand Animation Video about Ferry Disaster

3 May 2014

South Korea's Late-Night Gaming Ban for Kids Ruled Constitutional

A law that prohibits kids from playing online games at night was declared constitutional. How will it affect the game industry, students' rights and net freedom?

2 May 2014

GV Face: Too “Asian” to Evacuate? South Korea's Ferry Tragedy and Culture Blaming

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Stubborn stereotypes about South Koreans prevail in much of the reporting on a capsized ferry that led to the deaths of more than 200 young people. Were they too "obedient"?

29 April 2014

South Koreans Accuse Government of Botching Ferry Response

It's been 14 days since the Sewol ferry capsized, and 205 people are confirmed dead. Politicians taking advantage of the calamity and media inaccuracy have fueled anger in South Korea.

23 April 2014

A Peek at Hong Kong's Collaborative Sharing Economy

Different initiatives in Hong Kong connect people with others to help fix household items, give away unwanted goods and borrow a book.

18 April 2014

28 Dead, 268 Still Missing in South Korean Ferry Sinking

A South Korean ferry heading to a resort island sank with hundreds of passengers. The captain and crew evacuated early, well before most of the passengers.

7 April 2014

Satirist’s ‘KFC’ Podcast is Litmus Test for South Korean Free Speech

A satirist and prominent social critic has returned to the airwaves in South Korea after being acquitted on charges of defaming the president.

2 April 2014

South Korea Launches Probe of Violence and Rape Culture in Sports World

South Korea's women's national curling team coach was fired for sexual, verbal and financial abuse of team members, the latest case in a string of disturbing abuse allegations in sports.

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