The scandal surrounding Seungri, a former member of boy group Big Bang, illustrates the ongoing struggle for gender parity in South Korea and hints at deep-rooted problems with representation of women by the K-pop industry.
Having identified the humanities as an antidote to their paralysis of innovation, South Korea's big family-controlled conglomerates started selling lacquered rhetoric about the value of humanities education, and about the value of “culture” by extension.
Travels through Yanbian—home to China's large ethnic Korean population—reveal a crisis of identity.
Over the past 20 years, the South Korean musical industry has experienced explosive growth. But it has failed to develop artistically, depending on big-scale Western productions. The problem lies with local production companies that prioritize profit over quality, some say. But many industry insiders blame the fans.
For decades, the pojangmacha was a fixture of South Korean nightlife. The old and young drank soju and chatted in these often tiny, cramped tents. Most of these street tents have disappeared, now to a cultural relic and tool of nostalgic indulgence. But some tents still remain; here are the voices of those inside.