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The Peninsula blog is a project of the Korea Economic Institute. It is designed to provide a wide ranging forum for discussion of the foreign policy, economic, and social issues that impact the Korean peninsula.

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Into the New World: Emerging Challenges for the K-pop Industry

Mai Anna Pressley
June 10, 2024
The K-pop industry navigates a minefield of a powerful and opinionated new fanbase as they attempt to break into the US music market.

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10 Issues to Watch for on the Korean Peninsula in 2023

Mark Tokola
January 31, 2023
10 issues related to U.S.-Korea relations, South Korea’s relations in the region, and North Korea that will have an impact on the Korean peninsula in 2023.

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South Korea’s 2030 World Expo Bid

Yu Na Choi
September 9, 2022
South Korea is leveraging its strengths in business, culture, and technology in its bid for the 2030 World Expo.

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Korean Streaming Platform Plans Content Featuring LGBTQ Relationships

Jae Chang
July 3, 2022
Streaming companies are more responsive to changing social attitudes towards the LGBTQ community because they are focused on attracting new audiences.

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Limitations on K-Pop’s Commitment to Sustainability

Kaitlyn King
June 19, 2022
Although K-pop groups and fans promote progressive causes, the industry’s underlying consumerism counteract the push for sustainability.

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Foreigners Face Discrimination with Little Recourse

Mai Anna Pressley
May 21, 2022
Despite a growing foreigner population, there are few legal protections against prejudicial treatment towards this community in South Korea.

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Cuisine Traditions Spotlight Generational Divide

Kayla Harris
May 8, 2022
While dog meat consumption has been a tradition in Korea for centuries, younger generations are voicing their aversion to the custom.

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Moving from Hierarchical to Horizontal

Mai Anna Pressley
April 25, 2022
South Korean firms’ superficial efforts to change workplace culture by adopting English nicknames fail to address systemic structural issues.

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