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July 26, 2016

Samsung Sex Scandal: Illustrating Prostitution as Social Norm

Videos allegedly show Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee paying for sex with prostitutes. Extraordinary or mundane? The sex industry is omnipresent in South Korea.
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June 8, 2016

Jjokbangchon: Where South Korea’s Destitute Live

The capital’s many districts host favela-esque "cubicle villages," called jjokbangchon in Korean. South Korea's destitute and vulnerable call them home.
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May 23, 2016

Pleasures of Seoul

To paraphrase a common sentiment among overseas Koreans, where they live might be called "a boring paradise, but Seoul is an exciting hell.”
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May 18, 2016

My Search for Religion

South Korea’s hyper-growth winds down. Fewer people I know hold a rosy view of the future. Ranks of disillusioned spiritual seekers grow.
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