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Angry Koreans

Korea becomes an "Anger Society", and rage is on full display. That emotion, rather than propelling social change, is being expressed as violence.

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What to Make of 'Consolation Letters' for Korean Soldiers

Consoling soldiers through letters is a tradition that goes back decades. It's also split Korea this week along gender lines.

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History Becomes Unmentionable in Historical K-Dramas

Rather than living up to lofty expectations for accuracy, Korean dramas portraying history would rather say they aren't historical.

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What a Theory of Evil Korean Women Reveals About Inequality

The Korean language has a new word for the alleged evil nature of women. But it points to more than just the country's strained gender relations.

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Words That Defined Korea in 2021

Housing price. Soul-collection. Open-run. Popular phrases say much about how a society functions, and here is a list of some striking Korean ones from 2021.

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Why Food Delivery Apps Thrive in Korea

If you have a craving for, well, just about anything edible, Baemin, Yogiyo or their numerous competitors are at your disposal.

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"Snowdrop" and Korea's Growing Cancel Culture

Another K-drama lands in hot water over perceived historical inaccuracies. It's bound to be not the last.

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The Incredibly Shrinking Nation of South Korea

The South Korean population will decrease by 14 million over the next 50 years. One often cited reason is the financial burden of parenthood.

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That Massage You Got in Korea Was Probably Illegal

Few realize that someone who isn't legally blind cannot provide a massage for payment in Korea.

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Home Is Where Koreans Show Off

The importance of home isn't lost on all of us during this pandemic, but many Koreans are perhaps taking the game to another level.

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2021: Korea's Year of Child Abuse

This year saw more reports of unspeakable child abuse than ever in recent memory, and efforts are underway to address this issue. But will they work?

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Let's Talk About Infidelity in Korea

The biggest topic in Korea last week wasn't Covid but the private life of a woman who had been offered a prominent political position in the Minjoo Party.