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Food fright, Korean foods that scare me
Oct 24, 2016
By Charles Usher October is here, and as an American, that means my thoughts turn to Halloween. While some people continue to revel in the holiday long after their days of trick-or-treating are over -- going to costume parties or binging on horror movies -- I’ve never been one...


Living online in Korea
Oct 19, 2016
By Ilya Belyakov Many overseas media outlets often describe Korea as a “broadband nation.” This is because Korea has a well-developed internet infrastructure, more advanced than many other countries around the globe. It also means that the internet is deeply rooted as part of...


Diplomacy of Korean paper art
Oct 17, 2016
By Liliek SoelistyoWhen we check the meaning of the word "diplomacy," we see that it is the work of maintaining good relations between governments of different countries. Yes, for sure, one of those good relations is between Korean and Indonesia through the art of paper folding a...


What is the secret behind Korea’s great 8090 nostalgia-...
Oct 11, 2016
By Tim Alper Up until a few years ago, almost everywhere you went in Korea you would see bars advertising themselves as “7080” establishments. For the uninitiated, these numbers might seem confusing, but in Korea, it refers to the generation that had its heyday in the 1970s...


Renovations: exploring new uses of Mokpo’s colonial arc...
Oct 07, 2016
By Charles Usher The city of Mokpo is wedged into a small peninsula in southwest Korea where the Yeongsan River empties into the Yellow Sea. It’s separated from the open ocean by a series of islands so numerous and messy they resemble splatterings of paint on the canvas of ...


Five ways to be a bit British in Korea
Sep 30, 2016
By Sophie Bowman When I was back in the U.K. for a few weeks this summer, I realized that there were a few things I could do to feel more of a British vibe when I got back to Korea. Looking at the resulting list of five things, they can all be done pretty much anywhere and,...


Koreans are sensitive to trends
Sep 22, 2016
By Daria Todorova How would you feel if you came across someone on the street who was dressed just like you? You might find it surprising, interesting or funny. You might end up laughing. Most of us, at least once in our lives, have come across this sort of situation; on...


Sep 21, 2016
By Ilya Belyakov One of the typical misconceptions that Koreans have about Russia concerns liquor. I am sick of hearing from them that all Russians drink strong liquor like water because it's very cold in Russia. The problem is that I have no idea where to start bre...


“Let Me In”
Sep 20, 2016
By Liliek Soelistyo Several times I watched a Korean reality show “Let Me In” in my TV cable, I felt like I was attending the show and my heart was melting to see how a person’s life can change through the beauty makeovers via plastic surgery. “Let Me In” is a TV program that ...

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Why Do So Many K-pop Stars Appear in Korean Dramas?
Sep 12, 2016
By Tim Alper In the West, few pop stars have made the successful transition from the recording studio to the small screen. In most cases, singers who have tried their hands at both music and television acting have encountered limited success. Of course, a few notable exceptions ...