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Gay Romance: Korea's Latest Cultural Obsession

Shows focusing on same-sex male couples are the rage in South Korea since last year. Do they signal that attitudes toward homosexuality are changing?

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Young Koreans on Fire to Get Rich

The idea of easy money and very early retirement was vogue for the last two years. Now consequences are coming home to roost.

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South Korea's Health Obsession

South Korea has somewhat improbably become known for longevity. One reason for it may be the country's recent obsession with health.

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Environment and Korean Consumer Ethics (or Lack Thereof)

300 tons of water for a concert didn't strike South Korea as excessive until now. Terrible drought is making at least some rethink the status quo.

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YouTubers Wrecking South Korea

South Korea has a vibrant cyberspace. It also suffers from an ingrained culture of hate amplified by so-called 'issue YouTubers'.

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Fengshui Behind Korea's Presidential Office

Korea's new president is moving his office and residence. It makes sense if you know something about history and fengshui of the presidential Blue House.

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Is Korea's Latest 'Prodigy' a Symbol of Hereditary Privilege?

The new justice minister-nominee's daughter is very accomplished. And because of it and who her father is, suspicion brews that something's not quite right.

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Will South Korea stop bankrolling Myanmar’s military?

The country, seen as a beacon of democracy in Asia, continues business as usual with Myanmar’s brutal military.

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BTS, and Korea's Complex Feelings Toward Conscription

Whether BTS will do military service is the talk of town. Underlying the discussion are conflicting views on South Korea's conscription system.

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Japanese Monarch Is No Emperor in Korean

South Korea has been calling the Japanese emperor a king since the late 1980s. It's another sign of strained relations between the two countries.

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The Truth About Korean Men

Some foreign women travel to South Korea looking for love. But inside the country much has been said about how deeply flawed Korean men are.

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Far-right Misogynist Antifeminists Are Coming to South Korean Politics

Protests and social media stunts are one thing; men's rights activists broaden their political influence and call for restoration of old gender norms.