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Korea This Week: November 6th – 12th

Reading Together I came across this piece on how some groups are responding to declining rates of book readership in Korea. One company called Trevari organizes...

Korea This Week: October 30th – November 5th

Gordon Ramsay Shills for Cass In a new commercial for Cass beer, pitchman and respected chef and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay takes a large swallow of...

Korea This Week: October 23rd – 29th

Coffee, Newspaper, and a Face Lift? One of the things I love about Korea is how fast you can get certain things done. Repairmen often...

Defector Stories

It’s long been clear that these defectors’ tales link up, reference and corroborate each other, creating an undeniable picture of fear, starvation, brutality, and repression. Two such books are The Aquariums of Pyongyang and Nothing to Envy, which remain as arguably the two best defector books that you can read.

There, and Back (and There) Again

As I had recently moved away from Korea, my thoughts often drifted back unprovoked.

Korea This Week: October 9th – 15th

Along with the changing foliage and increased incidence of the word “chueo” ("[I'm] cold") on Korean streets, one of the telltale signs of fall around the peninsula is a pervasive smell that has often been likened to a melange of rancid butter, gym socks, and vomit.

Accidental Island

Surely Bijindo wasn’t the only island worth visiting. The hand of the universe seemed to be nudging me in another direction. Who was I to push back?

Korea This Week: October 2nd – 8th

In Korea this week: the effects of anti-bribery laws, how Korea spent Chuseok, and pot calls kettle plagiarist

Interview With Michael Breen, Author of The New Koreans

Since 1982, Michael Breen has written about the two Koreas, first as a correspondent for The Guardian and The Washington Times, and later as...

Korea This Week – September 25th – October 1st

No Kids Allowed An increasing number of cafes and restaurants around Korea have been closing their doors to young kids in recent years, in response...
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