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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.

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The Business of Helping Koreans Sleep

More and more Koreans have trouble with sleep. Solutions abound, but will they be enough to address deeper structural causes?

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Finding Justice in Netflix Series "Hellbound"

If Squid Game was all about inequality in Korea, watch director Yeon Sang-ho's latest for what it says about that elusive notion of justice.

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What Makes Life Meaningful in Korea? Not Much, It Seems

After Pew Research Center published its findings about what makes life meaningful in 17 developed economies, the answers from Korea startled many.

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Korea Won't Become a Covid Hell like Germany. Here Is Why.

Alarming reports in foreign media about Korea's Covid situation don't take into consideration the country's strengths vis-à-vis Europe.

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How to Create an Alter Ego (the Korean Way)

Creating a 'second character'—bukae in Korean—has become something of a fashion. What does it mean for the digital future we are heading into?

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KOREA EXPOSÉ Is Relaunching

KÉ is back as a subscription-based newsletter. Let us know what you would like to know about Korea!

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Organ Harvesting in Korea: Myth or Reality

People pledging organs as collaterals for loans. Does that happen for real in Korea?

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Netflix's Squid Game Is a Tale of a Debt Society

A story of Koreans risking their lives for a financial jackpot isn't so far-fetched when thinking about the Korean economy today.

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Pleasures of Seoul

Demonstrations are a routine occurrence in downtown Seoul, but I don’t mind it in the least. Angry chanting is a familiar soundtrack to life in South Korea; when slogans reverberate at the capital’s most symbolic locations, you know the country is well. Democracy lives. I am fortunate to

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Entering Korea as a Foreigner During COVID-19 Crisis

The first sign that my visit to Seoul would be different this time came at the Frankfurt airport check-in counter. After seeing my passport and ensuring that I had a valid visa, the Asiana Airlines employee showed me a laminated sheet of paper with two QR codes: one for android

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South Korea Needs More Immigrants

South Koreans are infamously impatient. The country zipped through a spectacular makeover from a dirt-poor, post-war agrarian society into a manufacturing superstar. True to its national temperament, it is now aging faster than any other country thanks to one of the world’s lowest birth rates. From the economy to