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Mourning together
Jan 20, 2017
By Sophie Bowman Not long ago, my parents visited Korea. While they were here, the elderly mother of a friend passed away and as this friend was someone my parents also knew and cared a lot about, we went to visit his mother’s funeral hall. My parents were profoundly mov...

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A library inspired by K-dramas
Jan 17, 2017
Lyudmila Mikheesku A little while ago, I wrote a column about the characteristics of Korean dramas, talking about how bothered I am by product placement in TV shows. To be honest, though, there are some types of product placements that I don't mind at all: books. I find I alway...

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A trip to Gyeongju
Jan 17, 2017
By Ilya Belyakov I recently travelled to Gyeongju, in southeastern Gyeongsangbuk-do Province. I decided to take a trip to the city not only because it was quite warmer than where I live at this time of year, but also because I had some spare time. Looking back on the past y...

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Transnational Marriage
Jan 11, 2017
By Liliek Soelistyo In this globalizing world, transnational marriages are becoming more and more common. This kind of marriage between two people from two different countries is becoming socially accepted, although I believe both must have gone through a lot of complexities ...

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How has the world fallen for K-beauty?
Jan 10, 2017
By Tim Alper What comes after K-food, K-pop and K-drama? The answer, it would seem, appears to be K-beauty! The Korean makeup industry is booming. Cosmetics producer Amore Pacific, for example, has seen the price of its shares increase fourfold in the space of just two ye...

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The hidden pleasures of ‘meokbang’
Jan 03, 2017
By Liliek Soelistyo I guess most people, especially online broadcasters, understand what a meokbang is. The word meokbang comes from the Korean words meokneun, which means "eating," and bangsong, which means "to broadcast." Undoubtedly, it's a show where the host eats a large q...

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Playing with tradition
Dec 22, 2016
By Sophie Bowman Assuming that women make up around half of the population resident in South Korea today, being a woman in this country means about 25 million different things. Having been a woman in Korea for about five years now, I thought that I knew pretty well what i...

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Language and relations
Dec 20, 2016
By Daria Todorova In Korean society, we can see a clear hierarchy of top-down relations. This can be also seen in the Korean language. In Korea, it is not acceptable to call someone by their given name unless they are younger or of the same age as the speaker. We have...

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In welcoming the new year
Dec 15, 2016
Lyudmila Mikheesku The year 2016 is coming to a close. Russia, the land of ice and snow to many Koreans, has welcomed the cold a lot earlier than usual this winter. Walking along the snow-covered streets of Moscow, I've begun to look forward to turning over a new leaf, and have ...

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Some Korean presents
Dec 13, 2016
By Ilya Belyakov When I go to other countries including Russia, I always find it difficult to choose what to give to my family members or friends. This is because we can find Korean electronics, food and souvenirs easily in today’s globalized world, which makes it difficult...