Erik Tollefson

Amid the diplomatic pageantry and sartorial tragedy of the recent Apec conference, a short announcement last Monday set off a figurative earthquake in Taiwan: China and South Korea had signed an outline free-trade agreement.

Latent economic anxiety typically manifests itself in strange ways. The broadcast of the Korean television drama, My Love from the Star, which tells of an alien who came to earth and fell in love with an actress, is a case in point.

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