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Jieun Choi

Jieun Choi has 97 articles published.

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Jieun Choi is staff writer at Korea Exposé. She has worked in the art industry and startups in Hong Kong and Australia.

Seoul’s Skyscrapers Are an Unlikely Home for Honeybees

In smoggy Seoul, a hopeful beekeeper wants to promote urban beekeeping and raise awareness about disappearing honeybees. We met him on a high-rise, coincidentally on the day of the first inter-Korean summit between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un.

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Meet North Korea’s Former Elite Journalist

One week remains before the #interkoreansummit. Kim Gil-sun, an ex-journalist from Pyongyang, isn't particularly hopeful. The North Korea she remembers was a dangerous place...even to write about certain kind of plants.

What Happens to Women After #MeToo

Look beyond the headlines. What about the many more victims of #MeToo that don't get any headlines because the perpetrators aren't 'newsworthy'? Here is the story of what potential victims in South Korea face after they speak out in public.

South Korea’s Plus-Size Women: Break the 48kg Myth

"Don't girls normally weigh less than 50kg?" "If you weigh over 50, how can talk openly about your weight?" "ARE YOU CRAZY?" Meet the women giving the middle finger to South Korea's pervasive culture of fat-shaming.

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Best Meat-Free Buddhist Places to Eat in Seoul

Typically known for fried chicken and BBQ joints, South Korea may not seem like the friendliest place for vegans and vegetarians. Here's our guide to the best Buddhist places, a safe meat-free option for residents and travelers.

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