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New beginnings
Jan 01, 2016
Charles UsherFor a few years in my twenties I had the odd, lucky streak to spend five consecutive New Year’s Eves in five different countries. New Year’s Eve 2005 I was in college back in Madison, Wisconsin. The start of 2006 was spent watching fireworks from a highway bridge i...

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Distorted common notions about Korea in Russia
Dec 31, 2015
Lyudmila Mikheesku"Koreans followed us. They are big-bodied and strongly built. They looked like athletes, with dark red faces and hands. They have an outspoken attitude. They are not sophisticated nor do they seem to be cunning, like the Japanese. They are not timid, like the Fi...

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Watching TV shows helped me learn!
Dec 30, 2015
Ilya Belyakov Korean pop culture wasn't so popular when I started learning Korean. The Internet had just begun in Russia and I, studying in my university there, didn't have much access to Korean pop culture. When I wanted to watch Korean movies or listen to Korean music, I had ...

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'Supporters program': a new strategy to promote Korea’s...
Dec 29, 2015
Bao Yen Korea is a country known for its economic development, its various traditions, and for the growing popularity of K-pop around the world. In order to introduce the country’s image to more people around the world, in a natural and sincere manner, Korea h...

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Korean history textbooks in Russia
Dec 23, 2015
Lyudmila Mikheesku These days, it's not easy to make Russians who are interested in Korean history happy. The study of Korean history in Russia is experiencing difficulties. It's hard to find popular publications about Korean history, except for some books that are published ra...

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The Korea I know: The charms of street dancing
Dec 17, 2015
Daria Todorova Korea has accomplished remarkable achievements in many sectors. Some of the sectors in which Korea has prowess include information and communications technology (ICT), construction, shipbuilding and automobile production. As the boom in Korean pop music and soap ...

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Fascinating facts about life in Korea
Dec 16, 2015
Kislova Evgeniya These days, Korean brands like LG, Samsung, Kia and Lotte are advertised in newspapers and on TV all around the world. These snippets of Korean society, shown overseas, however, are far removed from the reality of life in Korea. In order to properly understand ...

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Korea through Russian eyes
Dec 15, 2015
Kislova Evgeniya In Russia these days, there are very few people who know anything about Korea, and some Russians even know absolutely nothing about Korean traditions or the Korean people. Russians are rarely exposed to any information about Korean traditions or the Korean peop...

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Four coastal places to visit in Korea
Dec 11, 2015
Dominic DinkinsKorea has a very interesting and diverse landscape. There are mountains everywhere and the sea surrounds the country. Here are four places located along the coast that I’d recommend you visit. First off, we have Sokcho. It’s located along the northe...

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How K-pop has evolved to become distinct from British a...
Dec 10, 2015
Tim AlperIn the early days of K-pop, it was easy to accuse Korean contemporary musicians of following tamely in the footsteps of whatever was the zeitgeist in mainstream British and U.S. music. The so-called “first generation” of K-pop boy bands and girl groups emerged in the ...