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Seohoi Stephanie Park
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Revisiting: My Political Coming of Age

Almost every Saturday for the last twenty weeks or so, my friends and I took a stroll down to Gwanghwamun Plaza in downtown Seoul to join the protesters. We were young, awkward, and clueless. It didn’t take us long to realize that it was the first time, too, for

Juwon Park
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Samsung's Lee Jae-yong Released on Appeal

Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong walked free from jail on Monday afternoon after an appellate court reduced his five-year jail sentence to two years and six months, suspended for four years.  The appellate court overturned several of the bribery verdicts passed on Lee in his primary trial, but

Steven Borowiec
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Spending Candlelight Protest Anniversary in the Slammer

One year after the start of a historic protest movement that ended with the ouster of a president, central Seoul is set to be filled with candle-holding citizens again this Saturday. Last year’s nationwide demonstrations were  sparked by allegations of influence peddling involving then-President Park Geun-hye, her confidante

Haeryun Kang
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Those Texts Between Samsung and S. Korean Journalists

“Dear respected Mr. Chang Choong-ki! …. I have finally mustered the courage to send you this text message, after hesitating again and again. My son XXX applied to the XXX department of Samsung Electronics…. His application number is 1XXXXXXX, and he graduated from XXX University with a degree

Yvonne Kim
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Park Geun-hye's Forgotten Blue House Documents

It seems the Blue House and Park Geun-hye just can’t seem to part. While the presidential office is still trying to figure out what to do with her leftover beds, it is now embroiled in the latest string of ties to the former president — thousands of potentially game-changing documents

Steven Borowiec
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Guess Who Is Bizzack? It's Chung Yoo-ra!

Chung Yoo-ra, the former competitive equestrian and heir to the dubious fortunes of her mother Choi Soon-sil, arrived back in South Korea on Wednesday, and picked a surprising word to describe her fate. She said her situation after having been extradited from Denmark for questioning in the political scandal that

Haeryun Kang
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S Korea’s Politics of Betrayal and the Mirage of Conservative Unity

Busan — Ten days before South Korea’s presidential election, candidates Yoo Seong-min and Hong Joon-pyo were both campaigning in Busan, scrounging for any available votes in the traditional conservative bastion. They did the typical rounds in marketplaces and bustling downtown areas, trying to appeal to the voters that South

Jieun Choi
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Woo Byung-woo: One Who Must Not Be Forgotten

Some of the most powerful figures in South Korean society were arrested as a result of Park Geun-hye’s corruption scandal: Lee Jae-yong, the de facto chief of Samsung, former ministers of culture and health, former Blue House aides who yielded significant power, and of course, former president Park Geun-hye

Ben Jackson
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Scarlett Johansson to Play Park Geun-hye in New Biopic

South Korea’s celebrity gossip network has gone into overdrive following revelations that 21st Century Fox is preparing to shoot a seven-hour biopic of former South Korean president Park Geun-hye. A high-placed Hollywood source confirmed that Scarlett Johansson is to star as Park, while soul mate Choi Soon-sil will

Jieun Choi
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Pilgrimage to an Assassin's Grave

On the southeastern outskirts of Seoul is a modest cemetery where a defaced gravestone stands at the top of a steep slope. The grave has seen an unusually high number of visitors in the past few months, despite its out-of-the-way location and lack of sign posts. Bouquets of fresh

Haeryun Kang
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Awesome Humor on Display at Park Geun-hye's Ouster

Even ten years from now, many who were in South Korea on Mar. 10, 2017, will remember how they were feeling that morning, when South Korea’s Constitutional Court upheld the December impeachment and formally removed former president Park Geun-hye from office. Many yelled with joy,

Se-Woong Koo
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Park Geun-hye Is Ousted. She Will Fight to Survive, Again.

Park GH soon to arrive at her house in Samsung-dong. pic.twitter.com/dnZNLx1IbK — … (@yoonjung_seo) March 12, 2017 Around 6:30 p.m Sunday, a motorcade escorting former South Korean president Park Geun-hye left the presidential Blue House. About an hour later, it reached her private residence