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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
K-pop alcohol ads face ban in South Korea amid rise in underage drinking

IU, Lee Hyori and Irene from Red Velvet have all been the face of soju brands, but as the health ministry eyes with concern a rise in female and underage drinkers their multimillion-dollar endorsement deals could soon be a thing of the past.

12 Feb 2020 - 4:33PM

IU, Lee Hyori and Irene from Red Velvet have all been the face of soju brands, but as the health ministry eyes with concern a rise in female and underage drinkers their multimillion-dollar endorsement deals could soon be a thing of the past.

K-pop alcohol ads face ban in South Korea amid rise in underage drinking
How fans come to terms with K-pop deaths of Goo Hara, Sulli and Jonghyun

Experts say the passing of their idols has a real psychological impact on fans, who develop a sense of belonging and community from their adulation.

2 Dec 2019 - 10:20AM

Experts say the passing of their idols has a real psychological impact on fans, who develop a sense of belonging and community from their adulation.

How fans come to terms with K-pop deaths of Goo Hara, Sulli and Jonghyun
In #MeToo era, South Korean millennials toast the demise of boozy after-work dinners

South Korea’s hwaesik culture is undergoing a shift, as younger workers prioritise work-life balance and women fight back against workplace sexual harassment.

6 Nov 2019 - 8:35AM

South Korea’s hwaesik culture is undergoing a shift, as younger workers prioritise work-life balance and women fight back against workplace sexual harassment.

In #MeToo era, South Korean millennials toast the demise of boozy after-work dinners
Dicing with death to deliver a meal: how South Korea’s appetite for ordering in endangers drivers

At least 86 teenagers have been killed and hundreds injured making food deliveries in South Korea in the last decade, highlighting the pressure they face in the world’s fourth-largest food delivery market.

12 Oct 2019 - 10:45PM

At least 86 teenagers have been killed and hundreds injured making food deliveries in South Korea in the last decade, highlighting the pressure they face in the world’s fourth-largest food delivery market.

Dicing with death to deliver a meal: how South Korea’s appetite for ordering in endangers drivers
South Korean founder of world’s largest Presbyterian church sparks outrage by naming son as his successor

Kim Sam-whan is the founder of Myungsung Church in Seoul, the largest Presbyterian church in the world. His controversial decision to hand the reins of power to his son upon his retirement has triggered protests and condemnation.

29 Sep 2019 - 10:15AM

Kim Sam-whan is the founder of Myungsung Church in Seoul, the largest Presbyterian church in the world. His controversial decision to hand the reins of power to his son upon his retirement has triggered protests and condemnation.

South Korean founder of world’s largest Presbyterian church sparks outrage by naming son as his successor
Thinking big, living small: how people across Asia cope with tiny homes

Tight accommodation is a harsh reality for many residents of Asian cities where population density is high. Four tiny home dwellers offer their thoughts on living small.

25 Nov 2019 - 3:33AM

Tight accommodation is a harsh reality for many residents of Asian cities where population density is high. Four tiny home dwellers offer their thoughts on living small.

Thinking big, living small: how people across Asia cope with tiny homes
Patriotism vs pay packet: Japan-South Korea tensions test migrant workers

Japan has offered myriad opportunities for young South Koreans struggling to secure a foot on the career ladder in recent years, but diplomatic tensions between the two neighbours threaten to derail the plans of some jobseekers.

27 Sep 2019 - 5:31PM

Japan has offered myriad opportunities for young South Koreans struggling to secure a foot on the career ladder in recent years, but diplomatic tensions between the two neighbours threaten to derail the plans of some jobseekers.

Patriotism vs pay packet: Japan-South Korea tensions test migrant workers
As Japan-South Korea dispute rages on, can Christians make a difference?

As ties between the neighbours worsen, Christians from both countries are trying to foster the personal connections lacked by the likes of Moon Jae-in and Shinzo Abe in a bid to bridge recent and historical enmity.

11 Sep 2019 - 3:45PM

As ties between the neighbours worsen, Christians from both countries are trying to foster the personal connections lacked by the likes of Moon Jae-in and Shinzo Abe in a bid to bridge recent and historical enmity.

As Japan-South Korea dispute rages on, can Christians make a difference?
More South Korean women are filing for divorce, taking comfort in celebrity splits

Divorce is still seen as taboo but celebrity splits, like in the case of the Song-Song couple, have helped change attitudes. Statistics also show an increase in filings just after the holidays when people spend time with extended families.

16 Sep 2019 - 12:41PM

Divorce is still seen as taboo but celebrity splits, like in the case of the Song-Song couple, have helped change attitudes. Statistics also show an increase in filings just after the holidays when people spend time with extended families.

More South Korean women are filing for divorce, taking comfort in celebrity splits
A glimpse of Hong Kong’s lonely future in South Korea’s ageing society

Longer lives, fewer marriages and more divorces suggest seniors living alone is a fixture of Asian societies that is here to stay. South Korea, where seniors can die without anyone noticing for days, offers a bleak insight into what’s in store.

8 Aug 2019 - 1:17PM

Longer lives, fewer marriages and more divorces suggest seniors living alone is a fixture of Asian societies that is here to stay. South Korea, where seniors can die without anyone noticing for days, offers a bleak insight into what’s in store.

A glimpse of Hong Kong’s lonely future in South Korea’s ageing society
How can South Korea excel at sports when its kids are too busy studying?

The country produces big name soccer, baseball and Olympic stars, but many fear its culture that values academic over sporting achievement is preventing young hopefuls from reaching the top of their game

4 Aug 2019 - 2:11PM

The country produces big name soccer, baseball and Olympic stars, but many fear its culture that values academic over sporting achievement is preventing young hopefuls from reaching the top of their game

How can South Korea excel at sports when its kids are too busy studying?
Video game powerhouse South Korea braces for WHO gaming addiction classification

The World Health Organisation has voted to recognise ‘gaming disorder’ as a disease. But what will that mean for a country that holds video games in such high esteem?

10 Jul 2019 - 9:02PM

The World Health Organisation has voted to recognise ‘gaming disorder’ as a disease. But what will that mean for a country that holds video games in such high esteem?

Video game powerhouse South Korea braces for WHO gaming addiction classification
The South Korean dream: K-pop star, tech baron? Nope, it’s the civil service

A stable career, steady pay cheque and insulation from economic headwinds make the civil service one of the country’s most sought after employers. But the competition for jobs is stiff and applicants are paying big money to spend years studying at academies that promise success in the entry exams.

25 Jun 2019 - 10:29PM

A stable career, steady pay cheque and insulation from economic headwinds make the civil service one of the country’s most sought after employers. But the competition for jobs is stiff and applicants are paying big money to spend years studying at academies that promise success in the entry exams.

The South Korean dream: K-pop star, tech baron? Nope, it’s the civil service
US, Chinese unicorns may lead, but South Korea shows it’s not a two-horse race

South Korean banks remain reluctant to invest in start-ups, an aversion to risk that is a legacy of the 1997 financial crisis. The government has pledged to invest US$5.9 billion in the field by 2022, but there is a long way to go.

3 Jun 2019 - 9:00AM

South Korean banks remain reluctant to invest in start-ups, an aversion to risk that is a legacy of the 1997 financial crisis. The government has pledged to invest US$5.9 billion in the field by 2022, but there is a long way to go.

US, Chinese unicorns may lead, but South Korea shows it’s not a two-horse race
What’s behind South Korea’s attraction to fringe churches?

The appeal of these ‘cults’ may reveal a grim truth about South Korean society and the way the groups address a search for meaning not found elsewhere.

19 May 2019 - 4:08PM

The appeal of these ‘cults’ may reveal a grim truth about South Korean society and the way the groups address a search for meaning not found elsewhere.

What’s behind South Korea’s attraction to fringe churches?
‘Victimised for being Chinese’: the hard lives of South Korea’s Joseon-jok community

Joseon-jok are ethnic Koreans who migrated to northeast China during the Japanese occupation of Korea beginning in 1910 but have since returned.

14 May 2019 - 2:39PM

Joseon-jok are ethnic Koreans who migrated to northeast China during the Japanese occupation of Korea beginning in 1910 but have since returned.

‘Victimised for being Chinese’: the hard lives of South Korea’s Joseon-jok community
Xiaomi’s growing success in South Korea may pave way for Chinese consumer products

Rising demand for Chinese mobile phones by South Koreans may shatter long-standing domestic loyalties for home-grown brands such as Samsung and LG.

30 Apr 2019 - 5:39PM

Rising demand for Chinese mobile phones by South Koreans may shatter long-standing domestic loyalties for home-grown brands such as Samsung and LG.

Xiaomi’s growing success in South Korea may pave way for Chinese consumer products