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With BTS and Blackpink, can K-pop finally break into the US market?

Record-breaking performances from the two biggest names in K-pop – and recent political activism – have the genre well on its way to household recognition.

11 Jul 2020 - 9:34PM

Record-breaking performances from the two biggest names in K-pop – and recent political activism – have the genre well on its way to household recognition.

With BTS and Blackpink, can K-pop finally break into the US market?
Why has South Korea allowed adult ‘room salons’ to reopen?

The decision has attracted criticism given other businesses remain shut, and highlighted the unique status the venues occupy in the country’s patriarchal corporate culture.

25 Jun 2020 - 3:45PM

The decision has attracted criticism given other businesses remain shut, and highlighted the unique status the venues occupy in the country’s patriarchal corporate culture.

Why has South Korea allowed adult ‘room salons’ to reopen?
Black Lives Matter: for Koreans, an uncomfortable reminder that racial discrimination is still legal

As demonstrators in Seoul join calls for justice over the George Floyd killing, activists point out South Korea still lacks even a definition of discrimination.

11 Jun 2020 - 10:07PM

As demonstrators in Seoul join calls for justice over the George Floyd killing, activists point out South Korea still lacks even a definition of discrimination.

Black Lives Matter: for Koreans, an uncomfortable reminder that racial discrimination is still legal
If South Korea is beating the coronavirus, why are so many of its people staying home?

South Korea offers a glimpse of the post-coronavirus future, where people who have tasted a new way of life are loathe to return to offices, schools and even places of worship.

10 Jun 2020 - 10:39PM

South Korea offers a glimpse of the post-coronavirus future, where people who have tasted a new way of life are loathe to return to offices, schools and even places of worship.

If South Korea is beating the coronavirus, why are so many of its people staying home?
World of the Married’s Han So-hee finds South Korea’s tattoo taboo just won’t rub off

Inked skin remains a decisive issue in South Korea, where tattoos occupy a legal grey area and body art is forbidden from appearing on air.

7 Jun 2020 - 8:38PM

Inked skin remains a decisive issue in South Korea, where tattoos occupy a legal grey area and body art is forbidden from appearing on air.

World of the Married’s Han So-hee finds South Korea’s tattoo taboo just won’t rub off
First coronavirus, now this: South Korea expats face new visa restrictions

Bad news for English teachers already struggling with the coronavirus fallout in South Korea: the points system for the F2-7 long-term residency visa is likely to change to favour higher-paid workers.

19 May 2020 - 10:30PM

Bad news for English teachers already struggling with the coronavirus fallout in South Korea: the points system for the F2-7 long-term residency visa is likely to change to favour higher-paid workers.

First coronavirus, now this: South Korea expats face new visa restrictions
FC Seoul football club fails to score with audience of sex dolls

FC Seoul has been forced to apologise after using sex dolls as a substitute audience during its football match with Gwangju FC.

18 May 2020 - 10:33PM

FC Seoul has been forced to apologise after using sex dolls as a substitute audience during its football match with Gwangju FC.

FC Seoul football club fails to score with audience of sex dolls
Coronavirus: K-pop star Park Gyuri ‘regrets’ dancing at Seoul nightclub linked to Covid-19 cluster amid fears of second wave in South Korea

A leaked video shows Park Gyuri, a former member of Kara, at the venue four days before social distancing measures were eased and on the same day as a confirmed carrier.

12 May 2020 - 5:19PM

A leaked video shows Park Gyuri, a former member of Kara, at the venue four days before social distancing measures were eased and on the same day as a confirmed carrier.

Coronavirus: K-pop star Park Gyuri ‘regrets’ dancing at Seoul nightclub linked to Covid-19 cluster amid fears of second wave in South Korea
South Korea is easing its coronavirus clampdown, but is it jumping the gun?

On Thursday, South Korea reported no new domestic coronavirus cases for the first time since February, but health experts say it’s too soon to declare victory.

3 May 2020 - 7:07PM

On Thursday, South Korea reported no new domestic coronavirus cases for the first time since February, but health experts say it’s too soon to declare victory.

South Korea is easing its coronavirus clampdown, but is it jumping the gun?
Coronavirus: lockdowns are not the reason Hong Kong and South Korea are beating Covid-19. Model citizens might be

Lockdowns are not the reason Hong Kong and South Korea are leading the fight against the coronavirus – as neither place ever implemented one. The secret may instead be found in the public mindset.

21 Apr 2020 - 10:28AM

Lockdowns are not the reason Hong Kong and South Korea are leading the fight against the coronavirus – as neither place ever implemented one. The secret may instead be found in the public mindset.

Coronavirus: lockdowns are not the reason Hong Kong and South Korea are beating Covid-19. Model citizens might be
Coronavirus: think home-schooling is stressful? Spare a thought for South Koreans

Students facing one of the world’s most notoriously stressful exams – the eight-hour Suneung – fear the virus has compromised their chances.

12 Apr 2020 - 8:30PM

Students facing one of the world’s most notoriously stressful exams – the eight-hour Suneung – fear the virus has compromised their chances.

Coronavirus: think home-schooling is stressful? Spare a thought for South Koreans
In South Korea, ‘devil’ sex-ring leader’s identity reveal unleashes public fury

It was the first time in Korean history that the police have unmasked a sex offender, and came after an online petition demanding to know his identity

5 Apr 2020 - 9:43PM

It was the first time in Korean history that the police have unmasked a sex offender, and came after an online petition demanding to know his identity

In South Korea, ‘devil’ sex-ring leader’s identity reveal unleashes public fury
Coronavirus: as quarantine measures bite in South Korea, working class takes hardest hit

Amid nationwide containment measures, small businesses and working-class people are battling to make ends meet and survive.

30 Mar 2020 - 7:02AM

Amid nationwide containment measures, small businesses and working-class people are battling to make ends meet and survive.

Coronavirus: as quarantine measures bite in South Korea, working class takes hardest hit
In South Korea, ride-hailing apps face off against powerful taxi unions and transport laws

After the government revised a law that had allowed ride-hailing service Tada to operate, it shut down leaving Koreans with limited options.

25 Mar 2020 - 2:16PM

After the government revised a law that had allowed ride-hailing service Tada to operate, it shut down leaving Koreans with limited options.

In South Korea, ride-hailing apps face off against powerful taxi unions and transport laws
Coronavirus: BTS’ world tour delayed as K-pop industry reels from axed concerts

Superstar boy band BTS is among a host of popular artists that have cancelled events in South Korea and overseas, leaving entertainment firms bracing themselves for sharp losses.

15 Mar 2020 - 7:20PM

Superstar boy band BTS is among a host of popular artists that have cancelled events in South Korea and overseas, leaving entertainment firms bracing themselves for sharp losses.

Coronavirus: BTS’ world tour delayed as K-pop industry reels from axed concerts
‘Go home’: the hidden struggles of South Korea’s naturalised basketball players

They play for South Korea and have made the country their home, but being naturalised citizens means having to go through many hoops, say the foreign-born athletes.

11 Mar 2020 - 5:06PM

They play for South Korea and have made the country their home, but being naturalised citizens means having to go through many hoops, say the foreign-born athletes.

‘Go home’: the hidden struggles of South Korea’s naturalised basketball players
Coronavirus: in South Korea, mounting anger, rumours over Shincheonji church as cases rise

Anger and mistrust at Shincheonji Church of Jesus reached a peak when an online post detailed the group’s alleged plans to infiltrate traditional churches to spread Covid-19 – something a former member believes could be true.

28 Feb 2020 - 9:48PM

Anger and mistrust at Shincheonji Church of Jesus reached a peak when an online post detailed the group’s alleged plans to infiltrate traditional churches to spread Covid-19 – something a former member believes could be true.

Coronavirus: in South Korea, mounting anger, rumours over Shincheonji church as cases rise
From Sung Joon to Cool’s Lee Jae-hoon, K-pop stars are opening up about their personal lives. Here’s why

While such idols were once worried their popularity would drop once they announced their love lives, fans want to see a more personal side these days.

16 Feb 2020 - 10:01PM

While such idols were once worried their popularity would drop once they announced their love lives, fans want to see a more personal side these days.

From Sung Joon to Cool’s Lee Jae-hoon, K-pop stars are opening up about their personal lives. Here’s why
Forget Tinder, in South Korea blind dates are best for romance

Many in South Korea see blind dates as part of the social fabric: a rite of passage as well as a gateway to relationships and possible future marriages.

14 Feb 2020 - 11:43AM

Many in South Korea see blind dates as part of the social fabric: a rite of passage as well as a gateway to relationships and possible future marriages.

Forget Tinder, in South Korea blind dates are best for romance
When K-pop stars find love: why Chen of EXO’s wedding plans have caused such a stir in Seoul

K-pop fan clubs are more powerful than in other musical genres and the internet is making them more powerful still. Puncturing their fantasies has a price.

18 Feb 2020 - 12:55PM

K-pop fan clubs are more powerful than in other musical genres and the internet is making them more powerful still. Puncturing their fantasies has a price.

When K-pop stars find love: why Chen of EXO’s wedding plans have caused such a stir in Seoul
South Korea’s paternity leave taboo: blame it on Confucius?

In South Korea, Confucian culture has resulted in a clash between societal beliefs and the needs of families.

2 Feb 2020 - 7:25PM

In South Korea, Confucian culture has resulted in a clash between societal beliefs and the needs of families.

South Korea’s paternity leave taboo: blame it on Confucius?
Wuhan coronavirus: what a photo of a drunk Chinese man in Seoul says about fears of the disease

South Korea has a handful of confirmed coronavirus infections, but false rumours and fears of an epidemic are spreading like wildfire on the internet.

31 Jan 2020 - 11:33AM

South Korea has a handful of confirmed coronavirus infections, but false rumours and fears of an epidemic are spreading like wildfire on the internet.

Wuhan coronavirus: what a photo of a drunk Chinese man in Seoul says about fears of the disease
Homeless in Seoul: why some South Koreans struggle to leave the streets

Substance abuse and mental illness remain big obstacles, despite the city’s success in reducing homelessness by 20 per cent since 2014.

26 Jan 2020 - 9:48PM

Substance abuse and mental illness remain big obstacles, despite the city’s success in reducing homelessness by 20 per cent since 2014.

Homeless in Seoul: why some South Koreans struggle to leave the streets
Safe cities: Seoul is 8th, Singapore is 2nd, and protest-hit Hong Kong?

Seoul’s burgeoning reputation has seen it shoot up the rankings of the world’s safest cities. Hong Kong, meanwhile, is on the slide – though it’s not all bad news. 

23 Jan 2020 - 5:07PM

Seoul’s burgeoning reputation has seen it shoot up the rankings of the world’s safest cities. Hong Kong, meanwhile, is on the slide – though it’s not all bad news. 

Safe cities: Seoul is 8th, Singapore is 2nd, and protest-hit Hong Kong?
Don’t Worry Village: welcome to South Korea’s retreat for stressed millennials

Many in the country feel an immense pressure to succeed, which arguably helped South Korea become the economic powerhouse it is today, but also created an ultra-competitive society where failure is seldom tolerated.

11 Jan 2020 - 5:18PM

Many in the country feel an immense pressure to succeed, which arguably helped South Korea become the economic powerhouse it is today, but also created an ultra-competitive society where failure is seldom tolerated.

Don’t Worry Village: welcome to South Korea’s retreat for stressed millennials
Godfrey Gao death: when China’s obsession with Korean reality TV took a deadly turn

The death of Taiwanese actor Godfrey Gao while filming Chinese reality show Chase Me highlights a disturbing side to a growing popular phenomenon.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:52PM

The death of Taiwanese actor Godfrey Gao while filming Chinese reality show Chase Me highlights a disturbing side to a growing popular phenomenon.

Godfrey Gao death: when China’s obsession with Korean reality TV took a deadly turn
Vietnamese wives, internet brides bear brunt of ageing Korea’s aversion to immigration

As the once insular nation turns to immigration to address its falling birth rate, there has been an influx of migrant brides – and there is revulsion at how they are being treated.

30 Dec 2019 - 8:28PM

As the once insular nation turns to immigration to address its falling birth rate, there has been an influx of migrant brides – and there is revulsion at how they are being treated.

Vietnamese wives, internet brides bear brunt of ageing Korea’s aversion to immigration
In South Korea, marriage rates are falling as tradition, family pressure drive up wedding costs

Getting hitched can cost almost nine times what the average 20-something Korean earns in a year, sending marriage rates plummeting as couples are put off by how much they have to fork out.

24 Dec 2019 - 11:47AM

Getting hitched can cost almost nine times what the average 20-something Korean earns in a year, sending marriage rates plummeting as couples are put off by how much they have to fork out.

In South Korea, marriage rates are falling as tradition, family pressure drive up wedding costs
BTS’ Jin lifts lid on K-pop’s sajaegi chart manipulation scandal

Unethical methods of boosting a song’s ranking, such as using bots, are believed to be common in South Korea’s music industry.

18 Feb 2020 - 3:47PM

Unethical methods of boosting a song’s ranking, such as using bots, are believed to be common in South Korea’s music industry.

BTS’ Jin lifts lid on K-pop’s sajaegi chart manipulation scandal
Bigger than BTS? Why South Korea’s millennials fell for Pengsoo the giant penguin

With its unexpectedly husky voice and taboo-breaking behaviour, Pengsoo the penguin seems to have struck a chord with a generation of disaffected young people in South Korea.

11 Dec 2019 - 11:01AM

With its unexpectedly husky voice and taboo-breaking behaviour, Pengsoo the penguin seems to have struck a chord with a generation of disaffected young people in South Korea.

Bigger than BTS? Why South Korea’s millennials fell for Pengsoo the giant penguin