Raphael Rashid

Raphael Rashid

Raphael is a freelance journalist and fixer. He has an MA in Korean Studies from Korea University, and worked at Edelman Korea for three years representing some of South Korea's biggest conglomerates

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Poop in Korean Imagination: From Manure to Waste to Pastry

“Why are Koreans so obsessed with poop?” asked my inquisitive friend when she recently came to Seoul on a business trip. She said so after eating a piece of red bean paste-filled pastry in the shape of, well, poop, sold in Insadong, Seoul’s tourist hotspot. I said that it

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From Love Motel To Boutique Hotel, Adultery To Pajama Party

Prostitution, extramarital affairs, one night stands… these are the words often associated with motels in South Korea. This is where you go to have sex, shame attached. But over the past decade, motels in South Korea have seen an interesting rebirth of sorts: Their shady image is shifting towards that

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The Billion Dollar Q: Will More Casinos Be Opened to South Koreans?

Of all 18 casinos in South Korea, only one is legally open to locals: Kangwon Land, located in the remote highlands of Gangwon Province, where the Olympics took place last month. 60-year-old Bang Eun-keun has been a pastor at a nearby church since 1995. After Kangwon Land opened in 2000,

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#MeToo in South Korea: The Fall of Powerful Men and What's Next

On Mar. 5, staring blankly at the table in front of her, Kim Ji-eun claimed on live TV she had been raped four times and sexually assaulted on numerous occasions over the course of eight months until February this year. She said her perpetrator was Ahn Hee-jung, a former

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A Comprehensive Breakdown of South Korea's 'Reduced Working Hours'

What happened? On Feb. 28, the South Korean National Assembly passed a bill aimed at reducing the country’s maximum working hours from 68 hours a week to 52. This comes five years after parliament first started discussions to revise the law. The labor reform won by a landslide vote,

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"Gay Blacklist": Retired Officer Acquitted for Having Gay Sex in Army

A former South Korean soldier, accused of having sexual intercourse with another soldier, has been found not guilty by a civilian court in Seoul. “Lieutenant B” was an active army officer when he fell victim to the South Korean army’s systematic “gay blacklist,” according to the Military Human Rights

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KÉ Interview: Meet the Ultimate Olympic Superfan

Pyeongchang has officially become Everen Brown’s fifteenth Olympics. Brown, 57, a self-confessed Olympics superfan, has attended almost every Olympic Games since 1984 (both Winter and Summer games). He is a two-time Olympics torchbearer — Sydney in 2000, Salt Lake in 2002. His interest in the games started at the

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Black is the New Black: Hyundai Hints at Hydrogen Future

On my way to the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympic Games, I was drawn to a big black building in the middle of the Olympic Plaza, located in Daegwallyeong, Gangwon Province. I mean really black. Blacker than the night’s sky. Vantablack. The exterior was an oddity to look

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Travel Guide: How Difficult Is It Really, Getting to Pyeongchang?

Very…but it need not be “After the opening ceremony, my friends had a nightmare journey going back to their motel. They rode a shuttle bus that dropped them at one of the interchanges outside of town, but since it was late, there was no connecting service back to

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Photo Essay: North Korea's Cheerleaders Win the Ice Hockey Game

By a stroke of luck, I got my hands on a last-minute ticket to the very first ice hockey game played by the inter-Korean women’s team. On Feb. 10, the much-discussed team played — and lost — against Switzerland in Gangneung. The joint-team was formed as a last-minute

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Curtains Rise to Pyeongchang Drama: Dispatch from Olympics

The moment everyone’s been waiting for. South Korea enters the stadium hand in hand with North Korea, holding the unification flag. WHOLE stadium is standing and applauding! #pyeongchang2018 #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/CASYeLcHTr — Korea Exposé (@KoreaExpose) February 9, 2018 It was certainly a night to remember. The Winter

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One Way to Get a Visa in South Korea: Get Certified in Mushroom Cultivation

Sporidium, basidium, inoculum, hyphae, basidiomycota, cordyceps militaris… Esoteric as they might sound, you might have already come across such terms in search of a residency visa in South Korea. Many topics go together with immigration and visa problems, but mushrooms probably are not one of them. Welcome to South Korea