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The Korean global secondhand market is valued at USD 16 billion and grows by 20-30% each year. Perceptions of used clothing were once negative, but the stigma is slowly disappearing as young Koreans take interest in the trend for both budgetary and environmental reasons. Initial secondhand stores were often charity shops, but today they occupy…

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February 28, 2022

Last year, popular South Korean actress Park Shin Hye made waves with the announcement of her wedding and pregnancy. In the past, this would have been detrimental to a celebrity’s career. Instead, Park received well wishes from fans and her peers in the industry. In fact, more and more celebrities have been announcing such pregnancies…

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February 21, 2022

A Chinese woman dressed in traditional Korean clothing (hanbok) at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony ignited another wave of popular backlash towards China in Korea. South Korean viewers accused China of cultural appropriation, while China claimed it was representing the ethnic Korean minority. Coming on the heels of similar incidents in which China…

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February 11, 2022

Recent spotlight on internationally renowned tattoo artist Doy called attention to the curious cultural dissonance surrounding tattoos in South Korea. There are an estimated 20,000 tattooists in Korea, and many celebrities display tattoos on social media. But tattoos are covered or pixelated on public broadcasts to avoid offending audiences. And until last year, men with…

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February 1, 2022