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Author Archive | Lailanie Gadia

SOUTH KOREA: KBS’ ‘XY That Girl’ Gets ‘OUTed’!

A new talk show targeting the transgender community, which invited transgender individuals to discuss their experiences, was cut from programming after viewers strongly voiced their objections. After premiering last week on a midnight time slot on KBS Joy, a subsidiary of Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), the show titled “XY That Girl” ignited an uproar from […]

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NORTH KOREA: Kim Jong-il Is Set for ‘Resurrection’

Although the late leader, Kim Jong-il, died of a heart attack back in December, he is to rise again from the political grave. Early next year his preserved body will be on public display, joining the late Kim Il-sung in public gaze. The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reports the “great leader Kim Jong-il […]

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SOUTH KOREA: Someone Is Actually Honoring Print!

During the late Chosun period (postwar 19th century), newspapers and magazines were fundamental in providing the Korean peninsula with the necessary tools for education and modernization. The influential Seoul-based newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, reports now that six dailies and two magazines are set to be designated cultural properties, according to the Cultural Heritage Administration. Here is the […]

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SOUTH KOREA: Cyber Kitty Attacks Major Newspapers

Just days after North Korea threatened South Korean media outlets with retaliation for critical coverage, the databases of two of South Korea’s major newspapers, The JoongAng Ilbo and its sister paper The Korea JoongAng Daily, were hacked into by username IsOne, whose identity is still a mystery. The Korea JoongAng Daily reported that both papers lost article and […]

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NORTH KOREA: Media Helping Them to Get New Messages

“Illicit” and “smuggled” are two words that could easily describe goods making their way into North Korea. Many products, such as low-cost TVs, DVD players, and other equipment, are being smuggled into North Korea from China. A recent, excellent U.S. State Department-commissioned study, “A Quiet Opening: North Koreans in a Changing Media Environment,” reveals just how much information North […]

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NORTH KOREA: Now Broadcasting Live

North Korea’s young new leader, Kim Jong-un, has embarked on yet another (relatively) shocking endeavor. The micro-managed state-controlled television company has initiated the occasional live broadcast. Under the late Kim Jong-il, such communication was nonexistent due to a high risk of technical difficulties and “mishaps.” Since his death four months ago, however, the Korean Central […]

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SOUTH KOREA: Newspaper Retaliates After Being Denied Access to Press Meeting

The Korea Times, a major daily newspaper in South Korea, has been publishing less than favorable articles regarding Admiral Samuel Locklear, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. After being denied access to Locklear’s April 17th press meeting, the paper has released several “sensationalized” articles, such as “USFK Commander Too Media Shy for Own Good” on […]

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NORTH KOREA: Should This Country Be Put on Trial?

“Dire” along with “absence of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights” are the words used by Marzuki Darusman, the current United Nations special rapporteur for North Korea, to describe this bleak facsimile of a real normal country. This was in a report Darusman gave to the General Assembly ‘s Third Committee. This assessment coincides […]

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SOUTH KOREA: Whiffs of the Old Authoritarianism?

An unfolding political surveillance scandal is rocking South Korea.  And it is beginning to raise doubts about whether South Korea’s democracy is all that vigorous. A few years ago, the government was exposed for conducting illegal surveillance of a businessman critical of President Lee Myung-bak. But that was nothing compared to what appears to be […]

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SOUTH KOREA: A Brief Look at the Nuclear Security Summit

In what is being called the largest diplomatic gathering in history, the nuclear security summit held in Seoul this past Monday and Tuesday, with leaders of nearly 60 nations and international organizations in attendance, has led to the release of a sweeping agreement known as the “Seoul Communique.” Initially the gathering was hampered by North […]

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NORTH KOREA: Japanese Journalist Gets Inside Look— Military More Independent than Expected

In a meeting with South Korean reporters, Japanese journalist, Yoji Gomi, a staff writer for Japan daily newspaper Tokyo Shimbun, claims that the late North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Il, did not have full control of his military. He further speculates that the military is probably behind the recent rocket launch plans – possibly wholly independent of […]

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NORTH KOREA: Students Allowed Rare Access to Internet

In isolated and government-controlled North Korea, students are being given a surprisingly liberal opportunity. According to The Korea Times, a widely circulated English-language daily newspaper in South Korea, some students at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) are accessing the Internet, albeit for purely research-oriented purposes. PUST is a private university established in 2010 […]

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SOUTH KOREA: Korean Film of Japanese Novel Hits Home Run

South Korean director Byeon Young-joo is well-known for socially-critical films. Her latest, Helpless, is based on Japanese writer Miyuki Miyabe’s 1996 novel of the same name.  The story addresses the “ills of contemporary society,” such as private loans, bankruptcy, and credit ratings – all of which are still relevant issues a decade and a half […]

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SOUTH KOREA: Journalists War on Management Suck-Ups

Journalists from the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), South Korea’s largest television network, are now on strike, joining news reporters from Munhwa Broadcasting System (MBC) who began their strike about a month ago. About 650 KBS staff members, including 250 reporters, joined the strike as part of a widening protest for journalistic reform.  KBS management has said it will […]

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NORTH KOREA: A Rare View of NK Public Opinion Thanks to Associated Press

The Associated Press (AP) reported from Pyongyang on the recent announcement of the United States and North Korean agreement to freeze North Korea’s nuclear activities in exchange for much needed food aid. Washington sees this as a promising first step towards discussing disarmament; yet, according to the AP, “rare interviews” of North Koreans demonstrate a […]

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