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ké cast S2 E4: Being Ethnic Korean in China

With a unique cultural and geographical history going back centuries, Joseonjok are considered too different to be fully Chinese in China while simultaneously “not good enough” as Koreans to fit in in South Korea. In this conversation, writer Eddie Park joins host Andre Goulet to discuss his recent

Juwon Park
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China Says No to South Korean Electronics

The golden age of South Korean electronics in China may be over, according to recent figures that show a whopping drop of more than 50 percent in sales from 2015 to 2017. Data released by Korea International Trade Association (KITA) in February 2018 indicate that sales of South Korean electronic

Juwon Park
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Netmarble Announces BTS Game Collaboration

South Korean publisher Netmarble has sparked excitement in the K-pop fan world by announcing the release of a mobile simulation game produced in collaboration with boy band phenomenon BTS. At a press conference on Feb. 6, Netmarble revealed that the game will hit app stores in the first half of

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Can South Korea Tap into Growing Halal Market?

Up the hill from the subway station in Itaewon, one of Seoul’s most diverse neighborhoods, a quiet road lined with a random jumble of shops leads to Seoul Central Mosque. In among the tattoo studio, the corner grocery shops and the LGBT bookstore stands Eid, a small eatery serving

Se-Woong Koo
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N. Korea's Olympics Proposal Undermines U.S. Hawks

At a scholarly conference on international politics and security I attended early December in the U.S., many an opinion was proffered on the state of geopolitics in Northeast Asia. But one dominant view, expressed at least privately by a number of scholars, was that the Donald Trump administration is

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Why Does China Hate THAAD So Much?

THAAD is a useful acronym to know if you’re interested in the geopolitical tensions in East Asia. The deployment of the U.S.’s Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea caused a sudden transformation of Korea’s relationship with China, its neighbor and number one

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Why Does Japan Have a Bad Relationship With Neighbors?

At first glance, China, Japan and South Korea seem to have a lot in common. They’re located in the same geographical region, all have traditions of writing with Chinese characters and all of them have certain social norms influenced by Confucian teachings and concepts. In the modern era, all

Ben Jackson
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The Myth of S. Korea’s World-beating Nuclear Energy Exports

“Mommy, can I go and play by the nuclear power station?” — The above promotional image is from the website of KEPCO, South Korea’s largest energy provider.  This autumn, South Korean media and netizens were busy arguing out the pros and cons of building new

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Could Korean War II Drag in the World's Superpowers?

This article is meant to offer an answer to the following question posted on Quora: “Who would win in this war: the USA, the U.K, Japan, and South Korea vs Russia, China, and North Korea?” Without hyperbole, this has the potential to become a war to end

Steven Borowiec
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A Delicate Balance: Moon Seeking a New Path in Beijing

The most sensational news to come out of President Moon Jae-in’s state visit to China this week is a reported incident of two South Korean photo journalists getting beat up by Chinese security guards while Moon was attending a trade event in Beijing Thursday morning. Grainy footage of suited

Juwon Park
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K-pop to WeChat: S. Korean Start-ups Want Chinese Tourists

Off the beaten path from Apgujeong, a glitzy and upscale neighborhood in Seoul known for ever-soaring housing prices and neon sign boards of plastic surgery clinics, there’s a burger restaurant, around the corner of which is a narrow stairway leading down to a basement. There are no burgers in

Eddie Park
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"Don't Speak in Korean": When Koreans Travel to North Korea

Only a few minutes after arriving in Dandong, a Chinese city that borders North Korea, my assumptions about travel to North Korea were abruptly shattered. I was told by a Chinese employee of the tour company that it would not be wise to, while in North Korea, speak Korean or