Steven Borowiec

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In South Korea’s monotone music industry, rap duo dares to be different

XXX are shaking up the scene in South Korea with biting rhymes that touch on young people’s frustrations with the rat race

18 Mar 2019 - 5:12PM

XXX are shaking up the scene in South Korea with biting rhymes that touch on young people’s frustrations with the rat race

In South Korea’s monotone music industry, rap duo dares to be different
The Odd Family, Train to Busan 2: Korean zombie movies come back to life as a political force

The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale has resurrected South Korea’s interest in the undead. But, like previous incarnations of the genre such as Train to Busan, this outlandish horror flick has something to say about the living, too

17 Mar 2019 - 3:24PM

The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale has resurrected South Korea’s interest in the undead. But, like previous incarnations of the genre such as Train to Busan, this outlandish horror flick has something to say about the living, too

The Odd Family, Train to Busan 2: Korean zombie movies come back to life as a political force
Why some Filipinos fear a Chinese military takeover of a bankrupt shipbuilder’s dockyard in Subic Bay

Chinese interest in a bankrupt shipyard that was once home to part of a major naval base has set tongues wagging about Beijing’s designs on the site

7 Feb 2019 - 7:33PM

Chinese interest in a bankrupt shipyard that was once home to part of a major naval base has set tongues wagging about Beijing’s designs on the site

Why some Filipinos fear a Chinese military takeover of a bankrupt shipbuilder’s dockyard in Subic Bay
South Korean hit novel about young mother Kim Ji-young strikes a chord among women across Asia

It’s a work of fiction, but the hit novel has raised some deep-seated gender issues using situations that many everyday Asian women face.

3 Feb 2019 - 9:20PM

It’s a work of fiction, but the hit novel has raised some deep-seated gender issues using situations that many everyday Asian women face.

South Korean hit novel about young mother Kim Ji-young strikes a chord among women across Asia
Mum’s the word: in South Korea, militant mothers are mobilising online

Internet chat groups can be a source of insight and support, but these mom cafes have been accused of using their clout in harmful ways – sparking online abuse that has affected businesses and driven a woman to suicide

13 Jan 2019 - 9:32PM

Internet chat groups can be a source of insight and support, but these mom cafes have been accused of using their clout in harmful ways – sparking online abuse that has affected businesses and driven a woman to suicide

Mum’s the word: in South Korea, militant mothers are mobilising online
How instant ramen became a shrine to workers’ rights in South Korea
  • The death of Kim Yong-kyun, a temporary employee at a power plant, and his meagre noodle meals have highlighted the plight of such workers amid growing inequality and high youth unemployment in the country.
9 Jan 2019 - 5:54PM
  • The death of Kim Yong-kyun, a temporary employee at a power plant, and his meagre noodle meals have highlighted the plight of such workers amid growing inequality and high youth unemployment in the country.
How instant ramen became a shrine to workers’ rights in South Korea
In South Korea, resentment of refugees from the North

A lack of interaction between South Koreans and defectors from the North is creating a simmering resentment

29 Dec 2018 - 1:34PM

A lack of interaction between South Koreans and defectors from the North is creating a simmering resentment

In South Korea, resentment of refugees from the North
Why South Korea’s Jeju wants to show you where the communist bodies are buried

With Chinese tourism falling thanks to a spat between Seoul and Beijing, the island idyll is trumpeting its past as a theatre for a bloody crackdown on communists.

1 Sep 2018 - 9:51AM

With Chinese tourism falling thanks to a spat between Seoul and Beijing, the island idyll is trumpeting its past as a theatre for a bloody crackdown on communists.

Why South Korea’s Jeju wants to show you where the communist bodies are buried
One man’s fate rides on Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit – and it’s not Trump or Kim

Hopes for peace have helped South Korean President Moon Jae-in paper over his domestic troubles, but once the dust settles from the historic meeting, his problems may come home to roost.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Hopes for peace have helped South Korean President Moon Jae-in paper over his domestic troubles, but once the dust settles from the historic meeting, his problems may come home to roost.

One man’s fate rides on Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit – and it’s not Trump or Kim
13 more problems for Trump-Kim summit: North Korean defectors

The alleged involvement of South Korean spies in the “defection” of North Korean restaurant workers in China has put a spanner in the works for Pyongyang’s negotiations with the US.

2 Jun 2018 - 10:50AM

The alleged involvement of South Korean spies in the “defection” of North Korean restaurant workers in China has put a spanner in the works for Pyongyang’s negotiations with the US.

13 more problems for Trump-Kim summit: North Korean defectors
How turbulence at Korean Air became a rallying call for equality

A Kakao Talk chat room set up by tax authorities for people to rat on the owners of Korean Air has become a platform against injustice at the core of society.

12 May 2018 - 8:08AM

A Kakao Talk chat room set up by tax authorities for people to rat on the owners of Korean Air has become a platform against injustice at the core of society.

How turbulence at Korean Air became a rallying call for equality
Korea summit: euphoria now, but Kim Jong-un’s real test is to come – Donald Trump

Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un smiled, embraced and pledged an end to conflict in Korea. But the success of their summit may not truly become clear until Kim sits down with Donald Trump.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un smiled, embraced and pledged an end to conflict in Korea. But the success of their summit may not truly become clear until Kim sits down with Donald Trump.

Korea summit: euphoria now, but Kim Jong-un’s real test is to come – Donald Trump
The one thing that won’t be discussed at the Korea summit

You might expect Moon Jae-in – a former human rights lawyer – would have something to say about the issue when he meets Kim Jong-un. So why will it remain an elephant in the room?

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

You might expect Moon Jae-in – a former human rights lawyer – would have something to say about the issue when he meets Kim Jong-un. So why will it remain an elephant in the room?

The one thing that won’t be discussed at the Korea summit
Dear God, please send the Philippines some tourists

Work is under way to restore many of the Spanish colonial-era churches around the country as the government tries to lure Catholics from overseas

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Work is under way to restore many of the Spanish colonial-era churches around the country as the government tries to lure Catholics from overseas

Dear God, please send the Philippines some tourists
Seoul’s red light districts: first losers of the Winter Olympics
What a film featuring a K-Pop star reveals about North Korea’s relationship with Seoul
Why the death of one rice farmer has captivated South Korea
Coming clean on growing number of lonely deaths in South Korea

In a country where the unravelling of Confucian traditions means that many elderly people are no longer cared for by family, more South Koreans are dying in solitude, after either taking their own lives or wasting away from neglect. Small companies provide services such as cleaning and sterilising a room where someone died and decomposed before they were detected. They can also dispose and incinerate the deceased's possessions.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:22AM

In a country where the unravelling of Confucian traditions means that many elderly people are no longer cared for by family, more South Koreans are dying in solitude, after either taking their own lives or wasting away from neglect. Small companies provide services such as cleaning and sterilising a room where someone died and decomposed before they were detected. They can also dispose and incinerate the deceased's possessions.

Coming clean on growing number of lonely deaths in South Korea