David Volodzko

David Volodzko

David Volodzko is the national editor at the Korea JoongAng Daily and a regular contributor at The Diplomat. His work has been published with GlobalPost, the Washington Monthly and Vice, among others.

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If Korean Chaebol were scandalous before Trump-Kim summit …

Aside from playing to the gallery with Korean Air, President Moon Jae-in has done little to confront corruption in the family run enterprises. And renewed cooperation with North Korea will offer more shade for shady deals.

Aside from playing to the gallery with Korean Air, President Moon Jae-in has done little to confront corruption in the family run enterprises. And renewed cooperation with North Korea will offer more shade for shady deals.

16 Jun 2018 - 11:40AM
When North meets South: what’s at stake as two Koreas sit down?

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has bet it all on his high-stakes meeting with his counterpart in the North, Kim Jong-un. And unlike Trump, he can’t threaten to fold if things don’t go his way.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has bet it all on his high-stakes meeting with his counterpart in the North, Kim Jong-un. And unlike Trump, he can’t threaten to fold if things don’t go his way.

22 Apr 2018 - 3:42PM
Can North Korea cover up its brutal regime with lipstick diplomacy?

While Pyongyang rebrands itself at the Winter Games with Kim Jong-un’s younger sister and its ‘army of beauties’, analysts warn that little has changed.

While Pyongyang rebrands itself at the Winter Games with Kim Jong-un’s younger sister and its ‘army of beauties’, analysts warn that little has changed.

16 Feb 2018 - 5:34PM
Korea’s ‘commie’ Moon: the real winner of the Winter Olympics?

South Korean President Moon Jae-in took a calculated risk in engaging North Korea. If things go right, the Games could make his presidency.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in took a calculated risk in engaging North Korea. If things go right, the Games could make his presidency.

12 Feb 2018 - 10:16AM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Is it K-pop if Koreans aren’t singing it?

Some Koreans have zero tolerance for foreign singers in the musical genre.

Some Koreans have zero tolerance for foreign singers in the musical genre.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Globalisation spells the death of minority cultures

Putonghua and English are pushing many minority languages to the brink of extinction. In December, Beijing instructed Han officials working in minority regions to learn local languages.

Putonghua and English are pushing many minority languages to the brink of extinction. In December, Beijing instructed Han officials working in minority regions to learn local languages.

23 Mar 2015 - 8:54PM