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Katrin Park
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South Korea Needs More Immigrants

South Koreans are infamously impatient. The country zipped through a spectacular makeover from a dirt-poor, post-war agrarian society into a manufacturing superstar. True to its national temperament, it is now aging faster than any other country thanks to one of the world’s lowest birth rates. From the economy to

Jieun Choi
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Koryo Saram: 4th Generation Redefines Korean 'Roots'

His mother tongue is Russian. His ancestors left Korea to settle in Uzbekistan. Now, a fourth generation Koryo Saram is ‘back’ in the land of his great grandparents. Check out the Koryo Saram video series from Korea Exposé: Between the Former USSR and Korea Korean Noodles from Kazakhstan

Jieun Choi
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Koryo Saram: Korean Noodle from Kazakhstan

Oksana is a chef from Kazakhstan who makes the noodles of her ancestors. Her sense of history stays alive through her food. Check out the Koryo Saram video series from Korea Exposé: Between the Former USSR and Korea Korean Noodles from Kazakhstan 4th Generation Redefines Korean ‘Roots’ For early video

Raphael Rashid
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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

Rachel Oh
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Good Luck Making It As Korean in America

“Let’s hope for the best with your interviews. But I’d also be prepared for an unfortunate outcome.” This line appeared in a recent Buzzfeed video titled “Making it as Korean in America,” which garnered more than 850,000 views on YouTube. In this scene, a lawyer wishes a

Daniel Corks
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KÉ Interview: 10 Years in the Life of an Unregistered Laborer

He came here to “fulfill his Korean dream,” I was told. But I wasn’t talking to a teenage boy looking to become the next K-Pop star. He is an ordinary, working-class person from Vietnam, coming to South Korea to work long hours in physically gruelling jobs. Despite

Vince Moua
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The End of DACA: Is South Korea Ready for a Wave of Deportees?

Update (Sep. 15, 2017): Since this piece was published, reports have surfaced that Donald Trump is close to sealing a deal with congressional Democrats to write DACA into law in exchange for increased border security funding. There are different interpretations of what this means, and uncertainty over the future of