The ground-breaking K-Pop band BTS is set to release its new record Map of the Soul: Persona on April 12— a day before the band’s SNL Performance and a month before their World Tour: Love Yourself: Speak Yourself. Persona will mark the end of the Love Yourself trilogy, which included…Full Article South Korea: Were the Clues There All Along? BTS to release new album April 12
ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL AND PACIFIC CENTURY INSTITUTE WRITE — March First, 2019, marks the one hundred year anniversary of the Sam-il movement in Korea. We interviewed artist Maureen Wolfson from Calabasas, California, who was recently inspired by the storied life of one of the movement organizers, Ryu Gwan-Soon (1902 – 1920), to…Full Article KOREA TODAY: Artist Maureen Wolfson and Her Inspiration for the March First Movement
SPENCER H. KIM WRITES – George H.W. Bush, the U.S. president from 1989 to early 1993, recently passed away. To most Koreans, he may seem like a character from the distant past, but he had a great impact on the Korea of today. He worked hand in hand with Roh…Full Article A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE H.W. BUSH, RIP: THE CRUCIAL KOREA CONNECTION
TRUMAN DALY WRITES — The last time the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea appeared at the Olympics was after the end of the Korean War. Fast forward 54 years, the DPRK and the Republic of Korea have put forth a unified women’s ice hockey team for the 2018 Winter Olympics…Full Article KOREA: North and South Korea Announce Joint Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey
KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – After almost a year away and the departure of two members, boy group sensation EXO is officially back on the K-Pop scene. The now ten-membered group began releasing teasers for their new album “Exodus” on March 18th through the YouTube page of their entertainment company, SM…Full Article K-POP KORNER: Crack the Code with EXO’s Pathcode Teasers
AUSTIN SZABO WRITES: When you want to know the economics of a country, you usually look at its gross domestic product — the amount of wealth it produced over the course of a year. But GDP tells only part of the story; it leaves out how the wealth is distributed.…Full Article POVERTY PROJECT: Measuring Inequality, How Asia Stacks Up
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Nothing says “stop it” like a country threatening to nuke its neighbor for taking part in a military drill. This is how North Korea responded to this year’s Foal Eagle exercise, which is an annual military drill held in South Korea between its forces and those from…Full Article NORTH KOREA: That Time of the Year
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Tension between North and South Korea is old news, but a recent offer by the North offers a ray of hope that it’s possible for relations to cool down. Earlier this week, North Korea proposed that the two countries tone down their usually confrontational language. If…Full Article NORTH KOREA: Squabble over Name-Calling an Obstacle to Progress
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – These days, public executions are all the rage in North Korea. Over the summer, twelve musicians were sent to the firing squad for producing porn. More recently, seven North Korean cities held public executions on the same day, killing approximately 80 people. What were the charges? The people…Full Article NORTH KOREA: Public Executions Perpetuate Rumors
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – A new textbook awaiting publication by Kyohak Publishing Co. is now the subject of an intense argument between South Korean liberals and conservatives. On both sides, politicians, media personalities, and educators are making their opinions known. Following the South Korean Ministry of Education’s decision to require…Full Article South Korea: Propaganda Disguised as Education?
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – It seems that some foreigners are growing tired of the international community’s casting of North Korea as the outcast on the block. Hoping to change its undesirable reputation, a group called the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) has been running a YouTube channel focused on portraying the…Full Article NORTH KOREA: It’s A Very Hard Sell
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Bad bosses have made life miserable for employees since the dawn of time, but Chang Jae-ku is one boss who won’t tolerate complaints. Since June 15, approximately 180 correspondents have been kept from returning to their jobs at Hankook Ilbo, a South Korean newspaper. Their boss,…Full Article SOUTH KOREA: Complaining About the Boss Gets Newspaper Staff Locked Out
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Stories about celebrity love lives are often more speculation than fact. But in South Korea, this may be changing thanks to Dispatch, a web site that’s made its name telling the truth. Though just two years old, Dispatch has already gained a reputation for both breaking…Full Article SOUTH KOREA: Looking Past the Gossip
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES -Simple lack of Internet access is one of the biggest obstacles to solving some of North Korea’s myriad woes. The hermit state has a computer network of its own, but citizens can only access those sites the government has OK’d. Further, the nation’s computers are designed to…Full Article NORTH KOREA: One Click from the Internet
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – It will take a lot more than a friendship with Dennis Rodman to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula. After a short period of reduced tension between North Korea and the international community, things are now back to the way they were. North Korea’s nuclear program…Full Article NORTH KOREA: Ball Is In China’s Court
North Korea has been, and is increasingly becoming, a topic of heightened concern within the international community. In December, their government tested long-range rockets, violating international law. Although the North Korean government claims that the rockets were carrying satellites for their space program, the U.N. increased sanctions against North Korea…Full Article NORTH KOREA: International Drama Queen.