Rachel Oh
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Nightmare Before Christmas: Battle of the Solos

Even the rain on Christmas Eve did not deter couples in South Korea from going out on dates. “I feel like we both took for granted that we would be spending Christmas together,” said Alice Son, a 22-year-old college student in Seoul, about her plans with her boyfriend. She said

Jieun Choi
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Dating in South Korea: When Even Your Chiropractor Becomes a Pain in the Neck

After a few years of living abroad, I returned to South Korea single but maybe not so ready to mingle with the opposite sex. I wanted to pursue other priorities first. But people around me didn’t see my indifference to dating very kindly, as I, at 25, was reaching

Eunsaem Lee
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Dating South Korean Men Showed Me I Have to Be Free...from Myself.

I see myself as a lively, bright and sociable girl. I love to interact with new people and have no problem making new friends. I’m not exactly quiet, and I’m definitely not the ‘submissive girl’ that many people see South Korean girls as. There’s nothing wrong with

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Dating for Dummies

A couple, obviously bored out of their minds, stare intently at their smartphones in a Seoul coffee shop. The small talk, if there is any, is painful to eavesdrop on. Despite their matching clothes, ubiquitous couple rings, and obligatory selfies together, they seem to have little in common. So why