May 26, 2024
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Why South Koreans are unified on China but divided over North Korea
Analysis

Why South Koreans are unified on China but divided over North Korea

Both countries pose major security challenges, but only the North raises difficult questions about national identity

Why South Koreans are unified on China but divided over North Korea
Christopher CarothersChristopher Carothers January 25, 2023
How lack of redevelopment provided tinder for a fire in Seoul’s last shantytown
Analysis

How lack of redevelopment provided tinder for a fire in Seoul’s last shantytown

Political disputes have left Guryong Village residents to face poverty and the elements despite ROK’s economic success

How lack of redevelopment provided tinder for a fire in Seoul’s last shantytown
Jack GreenbergJack Greenberg January 23, 2023
How the power dynamics of South Korean finance distort stock value forecasts
Analysis

How the power dynamics of South Korean finance distort stock value forecasts

Most ROK analysts shun negative ratings, producing overly optimistic forecasts that can lead investors astray

How the power dynamics of South Korean finance distort stock value forecasts
Daniel TudorDaniel Tudor January 4, 2023
How hate and prejudice make immigrants think twice about moving to South Korea
Analysis

How hate and prejudice make immigrants think twice about moving to South Korea

Seoul hopes to attract foreign workers to bolster the economy, but resistance to outsiders runs deep in Korean society

How hate and prejudice make immigrants think twice about moving to South Korea
Jack GreenbergJack Greenberg December 22, 2022
South Korea scraps traditional age system as society becomes more international
Analysis

South Korea scraps traditional age system as society becomes more international

A frequent source of confusion, traditional system reflects how South Koreans establish hierarchies in social settings

South Korea scraps traditional age system as society becomes more international
James FretwellJames Fretwell December 15, 2022
Planned textbook revision puts South Korea out of step on LGBTQ issues
Analysis

Planned textbook revision puts South Korea out of step on LGBTQ issues

Removing term ‘sexual minorities’ appears aimed at appealing to Yoon’s base but may contribute to homophobia in schools

Planned textbook revision puts South Korea out of step on LGBTQ issues
Yeji ChungYeji Chung December 14, 2022
South Korea must improve mental health services after the Itaewon tragedy
Opinion

South Korea must improve mental health services after the Itaewon tragedy

Young people already under chronic stress now face collective trauma, underlining need for universal mental health care

South Korea must improve mental health services after the Itaewon tragedy
James SomaeckJames Somaeck December 9, 2022
One city’s defiance sparks debate on lifting South Korea’s indoor mask rules
Analysis

One city’s defiance sparks debate on lifting South Korea’s indoor mask rules

Officials have been reluctant to ease measures that won praise early in pandemic but may do so in the coming weeks

One city’s defiance sparks debate on lifting South Korea’s indoor mask rules
James FretwellJames Fretwell December 8, 2022
Anti-China xenophobia spurs ROK proposal to restrict foreigners’ voting rights
Analysis

Anti-China xenophobia spurs ROK proposal to restrict foreigners’ voting rights

New bill reflects how fear of China is stirring up concerns about outside political influence in South Korea

Anti-China xenophobia spurs ROK proposal to restrict foreigners’ voting rights
John LeeJohn Lee December 7, 2022
Yoon’s attacks on the press betray critical misread of what makes democracy work
Opinion

Yoon’s attacks on the press betray critical misread of what makes democracy work

Rooted in South Korea’s illiberal past, Yoon and conservatives still view too much freedom as risky and destabilizing

Yoon’s attacks on the press betray critical misread of what makes democracy work
Michael BreenMichael Breen December 2, 2022