Raphael Rashid
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Pyongyang Olympics? Burning Tensions Ahead of Games

South Korea has been hit with a cold snap — the mercury plunging to minus 18 degrees Celsius in Seoul on Jan. 26, and some have been burning papers, not to keep warm, but to condemn North Korea and the South Korean government’s rapprochement efforts ahead of the

Jieun Choi
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“I’m Young, I’m Fast, I’m Pretty”: S. Korea’s Dogged Young Conservatives

After Korea Post scrapped plans to print stamps honoring former military dictator Park Chung-hee this July, the youth of today picked up the slack. University Students’ Forum of Korea, a conservative youth group, launched a crowdfunding project in September to print stamps commemorating Park’s centenary (Nov. 14). This was

Seohoi Stephanie Park
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Politics of the Yellow "Sewol" Ribbon

Yellow ribbon is the symbol of the Sewol incident, a ferry disaster that killed 304 passengers three years ago today. All over South Korea, tiny yellow ribbons dangle from people’s backpacks, wallets, bicycles, and on the windowsills of small cafés. Politicians — mostly from the

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What "Progressive" Means in South Korea

Stop the Communists! Save democracy from North Korea!  These chants, as outdated and irrelevant as they may sound, still reverberate around the streets of South Korea in the 21st century. They come from some in the older generation, who believe that the recent ouster of former president Park