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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.

9 Dec 2019 - 1:30PM

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
China is to blame for South Korea’s air pollution. Really?

South Korea is one of the world’s most polluted countries and its killer dust claims thousands of lives a year. But rather than blame diesel cars and coal-powered plants, it has become trendy to look abroad for a bogeyman.

15 Mar 2019 - 3:17PM

South Korea is one of the world’s most polluted countries and its killer dust claims thousands of lives a year. But rather than blame diesel cars and coal-powered plants, it has become trendy to look abroad for a bogeyman.

China is to blame for South Korea’s air pollution. Really?
South Korean seniors get taste for plastic surgery, Gangnam style

The clinics of Seoul’s infamous plastic surgery hub have a changing face thanks to the country’s rapidly ageing population – many are now patronised by over 65s seeking facelifts to remedy sagging skin and the ravages of age.

13 Mar 2019 - 11:10PM

The clinics of Seoul’s infamous plastic surgery hub have a changing face thanks to the country’s rapidly ageing population – many are now patronised by over 65s seeking facelifts to remedy sagging skin and the ravages of age.

South Korean seniors get taste for plastic surgery, Gangnam style
South Korean mothers are parenting at island resorts – while their children pick up English

Overseas programmes combining leisure time for mothers and studying English for children are big business especially since there is growing demand for English speakers in the workforce

16 Feb 2019 - 10:27PM

Overseas programmes combining leisure time for mothers and studying English for children are big business especially since there is growing demand for English speakers in the workforce

South Korean mothers are parenting at island resorts – while their children pick up English
Forever and ever, ramen? How home meal replacements are changing instant food in South Korea

For decades, such foods were the preserve of students, singletons and harried mothers. But tastes are changing along with the technology behind the production of these meals

7 Jan 2019 - 4:39PM

For decades, such foods were the preserve of students, singletons and harried mothers. But tastes are changing along with the technology behind the production of these meals

Forever and ever, ramen? How home meal replacements are changing instant food in South Korea
Life after Kim: inside the schools catering to North Korean defectors

Young people who escape North Korea face a second struggle when they arrive in the South: how to cope in an alien education system. Schools like Haankkum help them adjust to a new way of life

14 Nov 2018 - 9:26AM

Young people who escape North Korea face a second struggle when they arrive in the South: how to cope in an alien education system. Schools like Haankkum help them adjust to a new way of life

Life after Kim: inside the schools catering to North Korean defectors