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Korean vs US Thanksgiving: Chuseok food, traditions and chauvinism

Thanksgiving in the US and Korea is similar in many ways, but there are notable differences between the two harvest festivals. For a start, the Korean Chuseok holiday can reinforce old gender roles and norms.

Thanksgiving in the US and Korea is similar in many ways, but there are notable differences between the two harvest festivals. For a start, the Korean Chuseok holiday can reinforce old gender roles and norms.

16 Nov 2018 - 2:51PM
All about CL, ‘the future of K-pop in America’ and one of Korea’s brightest stars

CL was born in South Korea, educated overseas and joined 2NE1 in 2009. She has collaborated with G-Dragon, and recently with the Black Eyed Peas.

CL was born in South Korea, educated overseas and joined 2NE1 in 2009. She has collaborated with G-Dragon, and recently with the Black Eyed Peas.

10 Nov 2018 - 8:26PM
Meet Girls’ Generation star Yuri – the girl-next-door K-pop star who’s broken into the US music charts
  • Yuri is one of K-pop’s most beloved stars. In October, her solo album, The First Scene, cracked the top 10 on the US Billboard World Albums Chart
  • Yuri is one of K-pop’s most beloved stars. In October, her solo album, The First Scene, cracked the top 10 on the US Billboard World Albums Chart
3 Nov 2018 - 8:19PM
How a creative army of micro producers drive Korean street style and influence fashion’s direction

Koreans call it bo-se – no-brand, original clothing churned out on the cheap by small producers who respond to the latest trends by making edgy looks that sell out quickly. This ‘counterfeit culture’ powers Korean fashion, even if it is rarely acknowledged.

Koreans call it bo-se – no-brand, original clothing churned out on the cheap by small producers who respond to the latest trends by making edgy looks that sell out quickly. This ‘counterfeit culture’ powers Korean fashion, even if it is rarely acknowledged.

22 Oct 2018 - 6:26PM
How K-pop gets away with cultural appropriation – of R&B, hip hop and bubblegum pop

K-pop groups such as BTS have copied Asian and Western musical trends and genres, just as South Korean industry has taken overseas technology and improved on it. But they also offer a fresh take on them.

K-pop groups such as BTS have copied Asian and Western musical trends and genres, just as South Korean industry has taken overseas technology and improved on it. But they also offer a fresh take on them.

17 Oct 2018 - 11:22AM