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Why gimjang continues to enthrall modern people
Dec 07, 2016
By Tim AlperVisitors to Korea will attest that the country today is a fast-moving network of busy commercial cities. The idea that only a few decades ago the nation was an agrarian society seems alien, so quickly has its progressed. Despite the effects of urbanization, however, e...

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Counting blessings 2016
Nov 29, 2016
Giving thanks for some of Korea’s best things By Charles Usher With November being the month of U.S. Thanksgiving, last year I decided to get in the spirit of the old country and dedicate a column to giving thanks for a few of the things I love most about living in Ko...

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Traditional markets in Korea
Nov 24, 2016
By Ilya BelyakovWhen I first came to Korea, I didn't like traditional markets that much. I thought they were dirty and messy. Middle-aged male vendors tried to deceive me because I am non-Korean. Traditional markets in Asia might intrigue non-Koreans from Western Europe, but I di...

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Homestay and jeong
Nov 22, 2016
By Daria Todorova A lot of people talk about jeong when talking about Korea. The concept of jeong is one of those feelings that's impossible to define with one word alone. My personal take on the meaning of jeong would be something along the lines of "a voluntary act of good ...

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Let’s learn Korean with soap operas
Nov 16, 2016
By Lyudmila Mikheesku In Russia, many people begin to learn Korean after watching Korean TV shows. What’s interesting is that Korean soap operas can become a reason for them to study Korean, but also it's considered an effective way to learn the language. This is because soap...

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Korean and Russian films
Nov 09, 2016
By Daria Todorova It all started when I was teaching Korean at a Russian university. I had prepared a Korean movie to watch with my students, and was worried about whether they would be able to understand all the cultural references in the movie, given their very different upbrin...

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Why Korean calligraphy will survive the modern age
Nov 07, 2016
By Tim Alper There is perhaps no sound quite so unmistakable -- or subtle -- as that of an ink-covered calligraphy brush pressing against a sheet of traditional Korean Hanji mulberry paper. Even in today’s ever-noisy, ever-bustling Korea, the sound is a familiar voice of calm, ...

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Feeling at home in Korea
Oct 26, 2016
By Sophie Bowman When I first came to Korea eight years ago, I wondered what it would be like if I could communicate with people, and whether being able to speak Korean would help me to "fit in" in a place where I looked completely different from most people in a crowd. When...

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Best known Koreans in Russia
Oct 25, 2016
Lyudmila Mikheesku Every country has a list of people who are recognized globally. Korea is no exception, with stars like Psy of "Gangnam Style" in the top ranks of its list. In fact, there are quite a number of Koreans that are well-known in Russia today. I wonder if Koreans ca...

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Food fright, Korean foods that scare me
Oct 24, 2016
By Charles Usher October is here, and as an American, that means my thoughts turn to Halloween. While some people continue to revel in the holiday long after their days of trick-or-treating are over -- going to costume parties or binging on horror movies -- I’ve never been one...