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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

An emerging online trend is sweeping South Korea with uncertain political implications. Gukppong refers to a type of hyper nationalistic rhetoric mainly circulated through social media. The term is a portmanteau of “nation” and “meth”, referring to patriotism so excessive that it is like a drug. Some feel that it shows a sense of inferiority…

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January 25, 2022

On January 9, O Yeong-su made history by becoming the first Korean actor to win a Golden Globe. This historic win follows Youn Yu-jung becoming the first Korean actress to win an Oscar last year. These milestones ask whether the Korean entertainment industry might be breaking through the persistent underrepresentation of Asian actors and actresses…

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January 18, 2022