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Korean Kontext

The Korean Kontext

Korean Kontext is a podcast series by the Korea Economic Institute of America in Washington, D.C. Its aim is to provide listeners with a source for broad-based, substantive information about the U.S.-Korean relationship from all angles: political, cultural, economic, and social. Tackling major topics using current and historical context, interviews with prominent policy leaders, scholars,and artists, and in-depth analysis, Korean Kontext is crafted to inform the newcomer and the Korea guru alike. The views expressed here are the interviewees’ alone.

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Defending Korea, from the Nakdong to the Chosin: Colonel John Stevens

June 28, 2019

On June 25, 1950, North Korea launched a surprise invasion of South Korea and started a war that is still technically ongoing. But it was…

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At Best Unique, At Worst Delusional - North Korea’s Special Economic Zones: Theo Clement

June 14, 2019

The North Korean economy is changing – we know this because of widely reported growth of private markets since the famine of 1990s. But black…

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Explainer: The Political Origins of Korean Baseball

June 7, 2019

In May, The Korean-born Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin was named The National League Pitcher of the Month. When you think of Asians and…

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Explainer: The State of Korea's Childcare Industry

May 31, 2019

In March, a curious protest took place in Seoul. Private kindergartens were going on strike. Protests by industry groups or workers are not uncommon in…

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North Korea's Illicit Trade Winds: Hugh Griffith

May 24, 2019

North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations Kim Song demanded that the United States release a North Korean vessel that is currently held by authorities…

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Why North Korea Won't Budge: Ken Gause

May 17, 2019

It’s been nearly one year since the Singapore Summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un and the two countries are at an impasse. North Korea…

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Going Back to The Source: Jeffrey Robertson

May 10, 2019

What if our understanding of North Korea is inadvertently colored by the very resources that we rely on to deepen our knowledge of the country? What does…

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[Rebroadcast] Valuing Age and Experience: Yongmin Cho and Quan Nguyen

May 3, 2019

Although it is happening more rapidly in South Korea, an aging society is a common feature in post-industrial societies around the world. With the number…

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