May 24, 2024

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ifang Bremer

Ifang Bremer

Ifang Bremer is a Seoul Correspondent at NK News. He has worked on investigations for The Guardian and The Observer and previously wrote features on Korea for Dutch newspaper NRC.

Analysis

Inside Yongjugol: The uncertain future of a South Korean red-light district

Sex workers share their stories of struggle and survival as Paju City aims to “clean up” the area for redevelopment

Ifang BremerIfang BremerMay 15, 2024
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In South Korea, residents fight to preserve nature from encroaching golf courses

As the number of golf courses continues to grow, concerned residents fight against the powerful golf industry

Ifang BremerIfang BremerApril 15, 2024
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Parasite actor’s death ignites debate over South Korea’s ‘war on drugs’

Lee Sun-kyun’s apparent suicide raises serious questions about the severity of Seoul’s anti-drug campaign

Ifang BremerIfang BremerDecember 28, 2023
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Seoul’s glitzy pet stores peddle puppies as shelters overflow with unwanted dogs

Activists are pushing legislation to reform South Korea’s animal sales, but face stiff opposition from pet industry

Ifang BremerIfang BremerDecember 13, 2023
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In a South Korean city, indictment of tattooists sparks debate about taboo art

As societal views evolve, the crackdown raises questions about cultural biases and outdated regulations

Ifang BremerIfang BremerAugust 16, 2023
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Typhoon Khanun forces retreat from South Korea’s problem-plagued Scout Jamboree

Following management missteps and allegations of sex crimes, incoming typhoon lands final blow forcing early departure

Ifang BremerIfang BremerAugust 7, 2023
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Behind the screen: How South Korean minors are exploited in digital sex trade

As criminals utilize online platforms and cryptocurrency, battle against sex trafficking becomes increasingly complex

Ifang BremerIfang Bremer | Yeji ChungJuly 10, 2023
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How hierarchy and toxic masculinity fuel sexual abuse in South Korea’s military

Suicide of young officer after assault emblematic of culture that often encourages cover-ups and silence, experts say

Ifang BremerIfang Bremer | Yeji ChungApril 6, 2023
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Drugs on Telegram put South Korea’s ‘drug-free’ reputation to the test

Country needs a serious drug policy, but current measures ignore factors that likely drive Korean use of meth and opiods

Ifang BremerIfang BremerNovember 2, 2022