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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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Grammys Garner Criticism over BTS Snub

Mai Anna Pressley
April 11, 2022
Discourse over the treatment of BTS at the Grammys reignites a larger conversation about the awards show’s exploitation of minority artists.

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The Politics of Poongsu

Mai Anna Pressley
April 3, 2022
Poongsu - the practice of locating auspicious geography - has its origins in pre-modern times and continues to pop up in discussions even today.

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Beyond the Data: Childcare in South Korea

Julia Fadanelli
February 25, 2022
Working mothers in Korea are in a battle to balance family and professional life. One of the largest barriers is workplace inflexibility and childcare.

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“Speeding” into Marriage

Korea View
February 21, 2022
Celebrities announcing their premarital pregnancies in South Korea are not as deviant from traditional family norms as they might appear.

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Hanbok Controversy Stokes Anti-Chinese Sentiment

Korea View
February 11, 2022
The Korean anger at China’s use of hanbok stems from the clothing’s role in not only the country’s national identity but also present prestige.

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Koreans Eat More Ethically

Korea View
February 4, 2022
Growing public interest in protecting the environment is driving investments in meat alternatives by leading South Korean firms.

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The Korea Wave and the Japanese Wall: The Limits of Korean Soft Power

Terrence Matsuo
February 2, 2022
One of Korea's strongest capabilities is its soft power, but there are limitations to what objectives the Korean government can achieve using Hallyu.

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Changing Views on Tattoos in South Korea

Korea View
February 1, 2022
The growing cultural dissonance surrounding tattoos in South Korea reflects how the generational divide has many manifestations.

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