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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