Se-Woong Koo

Se-Woong Koo

Se-Woong Koo earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University and taught Korean studies at Stanford, Yale, and Ewha Women's University. He has written for The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and Al Jazeera

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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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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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Passion for Cartoon Stickers

Nostalgia? Peer-pressure? Investment? Whatever the reason, Pokémon stickers are the hot new collectibles in South Korea.

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The Right Price of Fried Chicken

As the price of South Korea's beloved fried chicken creeps toward the 20,000-won mark, questions are being raised about how much it should really cost.

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Korea's Search for That Elusive 'Fairness'

Some half of South Koreans say their country doesn't operate fairly. But what is fairness and who is to blame?