Over the past 20 years, the South Korean musical industry has experienced explosive growth. But it has failed to develop artistically, depending on big-scale Western productions. The problem lies with local production companies that prioritize profit over quality, some say. But many industry insiders blame the fans.
Phrases like "such and such happened because of ingrained Confucian values" show up time and again in Western reporting about Asian countries, not least South Korea. But is it true, or is it just lazy journalism?
Notions of hipsters exist most anywhere in the world, and South Korea is no exception. What are considered markers of niche, underground hipster-ism?
Many Koreans use their traditional confectionery not just as a sweet treat but also as a curse. How did this happen?
The menstruation taboo is nearly universal. Here's a South Korean woman who doesn't want to whisper about it anymore. Nor does she want to wear white.
Having to say things like "Dear customer, I love you" when a customer service rep answers calls is one reason emotional labor became a hot issue in Korea.
You may laugh that some change names based on fortunetelling. But perhaps it’s a desperate attempt to change something that’s actually under one's control.
A public ad promoting smaller weddings angers young South Koreans. How well can the government tackle the fertility rate, which is the lowest in the world?