Ben Jackson
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Cultural Relic or Comeback Cat? In Search of the Korean Tiger

Soaring over stadiums, strutting around in opening ceremonies, masquerading as a soft toy and featured on a thousand pieces of merchandise — meet Soohorang, white tiger and official mascot of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Cute, furry and gender-neutral, Soohorang is the kind of well-bred animal that would carry your granny’

Steven Borowiec
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When the Moons Align: Black Bears Back to the Wild

Asiatic black bears occupy a special place in Korean folklore. The cute creatures, called ‘moon bears’ due to the crescent of white fur on their chests, appear as characters in stories, and cartoon depictions of moon bears were chosen as the mascot for the Paralympics held in Seoul in 1988