Se-Woong Koo
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Assault Case in Ulsan Highlights Labor Hierarchy

Assault doesn’t exactly garner much attention in South Korea or most countries for that matter. Physical fights are common enough. Violence is universal. But the recent assault case in Ulsan, an industrial hub, is tragic because it tells us something about South Korea’s labor hierarchy. On Mar.

Jin-hee Park
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Salt Flowers: Glimpses of South Korea’s Labour Landscape

Sweat stains on an old pair of overalls, or sweat stains on a fine shirt. South Koreans call them both “salt flowers”: beautiful traces of hard labour. It is a symbol of labour’s immeasurable value, beyond the understanding of those who never work and sweat. Calling a sweat stain