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Juwon Park
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Evolution of Emoticons: Messenger Apps See Revenue Potential in Character Market

You’ve heard of Hello Kitty. But you probably don’t know Brown, James, Cony or Jessica. They are some of the main “characters” from LINE, a global mobile messenger based in Japan and owned by a South Korean company. It is trying to create cultural icons to

KOREA EXPOSÉ
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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

Youngjoo Lee
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The Palace's Painful Past

When it was built in 1909, the Grand Conservatory in Changgyeong Palace was the largest of its kind in Asia. After years of restoration, the conservatory has been opened to the public just last month. Is it a symbol of colonialists and capitalites tainting the royal legacy of the Joseon

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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

Ben Jackson
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UNESCO Declares South Korea World Heritage Site

Disclaimer: Don’t take this seriously. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced on Tuesday an unprecedented decision to inscribe the Republic of Korea onto the World Heritage List. The unexpected move marks the first time an entire country has been designated a World Heritage site,

Ben Jackson
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Trump Touches Down; Craves Red Meat

Disclaimer: Don’t take this seriously. Officials at the Blue House scrambled to avert a diplomatic crisis early on Tuesday as U.S. president Donald Trump flew from Japan to South Korea. Several members of Trump’s entourage confirmed that the U.S. president had been left “seething” after

Steven Borowiec
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Media Roundup: S. Korean Chatter Ahead of Trump's Visit

U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive in South Korea tomorrow on the second stop of his five-country tour of Asia, his first trip to the region as president. Trump’s South Korea itinerary includes a trip to a U.S. military base, the National Cemetery in Seoul

Jieun Choi
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Cherry Blossom Politics: South Korea Vs. Japan

As cherry blossom petals herald the beginning of spring, typical spring routines return to South Korea, as South Koreans shed their winter clothes and hum a quintessential spring song by Busker Busker, “Cherry Blossom Ending.” But something else routinely comes back when spring is in the air: a controversy

Haeryun Kang
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Haebangchon's Forgotten Past: A Stairway, A Shrine and The War Dead

There’s a stairway on the outskirts of the hip Haebangchon area in Seoul — one that doesn’t really merit a second look. No impressive characteristics beyond its steepness, nothing spectacular in its surroundings. No chic bars, no hipster coffee shops. There’s no reason to remember, much less

Sukjong Hong
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The "Comfort Women Deal" between South Korea and Japan: Six Alternative Views

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