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Who Is to Blame for the Ills of South Korea’s Musical Industry?

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.

Stop Attributing Everything to Confucianism

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?

Quiz: Are You A South Korean Hipster?

Notions of hipsters exist most anywhere in the world, and South Korea is no exception. What are considered markers of niche, underground hipster-ism?

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