Tattoos, Still Illegal in South Korea, Thrive Underground

Tattoo artists, long treated as criminals for their work, say that it is time to end the stigma against their business.

#kim-do-yoon, #law-and-legislation, #lee-apro-artist, #lee-san-artist, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #tattoos

South Korea Inaugurates Yoon Suk-yeol as President

During his inaugural speech, Yoon Suk-yeol said his country would play a greater role in promoting freedom and human rights around the world.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #inaugurations, #kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-korea, #nuclear-tests, #politics-and-government, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #yoon-suk-yeol

In South Korea, a Spike in Covid Cases Meets a Collective Shrug

A country that once had one of the world’s most aggressive coronavirus policies is opting to learn to live with the virus, even in the face of a soaring infection rate.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

Meet South Korea’s Swing Voters: Young, Broke and Angry

Frustrated over housing prices, a lack of job opportunities and a widening income gap, the once-reliable voting bloc is undecided and will most likely elect the next president.

#elections, #income-inequality, #moon-jae-in, #people-power-party, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #voting-and-voters, #youth

This Ancient Brew Has Retro Appeal in South Korea

Makgeolli, a rice wine made by Korean farmers for centuries, has become a cosmopolitan sensation over the past decade. The buzz grew during Covid lockdowns.

#alcoholic-beverages, #busan-south-korea, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grain, #liquor, #makgeolli, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

Carlos Tejada, Deputy Asia Editor for The New York Times, Dies at 49

He was an editor in Asia for 13 years, including with The Wall Street Journal. One colleague said he had embodied the phrase, “Edit ferociously and with joy.”

#china, #deaths-obituaries, #hong-kong, #new-york-times, #newspapers, #pulitzer-prizes, #seoul-south-korea, #tejada-carlos-1972-2021, #wall-street-journal

Urea Shortage Is Felt Around the World

Farmers in India are desperate. Trucks in South Korea had to be idled. Food prices, already high, could rise even further.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cf-industries-holdings-inc, #china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #england, #fertilizer, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #madhya-pradesh-india, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #potash, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #russia, #seoul-south-korea, #shortages, #south-korea, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-states, #world-bank

Rolling Deep: South Korean Youth Roam the City in Hair Curlers

The young South Korean women who wear them say they are not only functional, but also a sign of shifting ideas about beauty and a reflection of the country’s generational divide.

#beauty-concept, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #hair, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #women-and-girls, #youth

How ‘Squid Game’ Reflects South Korean Culture and History

Beyond their global appeal, the iconic outfits from “Squid Game” reveal a link to the history and culture of South Korea.

#bong-joon-ho, #fashion-and-apparel, #park-chung-hee, #politics-and-government, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #squid-game-tv-program, #television

‘Squid Game,’ the Netflix Hit, Taps South Korean Fears

The dystopian Netflix hit taps South Korea’s worries about costly housing and scarce jobs, concerns familiar to its U.S. and international viewers.

#credit-and-debt, #games, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #netflix-inc, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #squid-game-tv-program, #television, #unemployment, #wages-and-salaries, #youth

Broadcaster Apologizes for ‘Inappropriate’ Images Aired During Olympic Parade

The South Korean broadcaster MBC showed photographs associating pizza with Italy, Chernobyl with Ukraine and Count Dracula with Romania in its coverage of the opening ceremony.

#athletics-and-sports, #international-relations, #mbc, #names-geographical, #news-and-news-media, #olympic-games-2022, #parades, #politics-and-government, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

Inside the ‘Deadly Serious’ World of E-Sports in South Korea

Each year, thousands of young South Koreans compete to join pro e-sports teams, but only a few make the cut​. An American company in Seoul wants to help more young gamers find jobs.

#asian-games, #colleges-and-universities, #computer-and-video-games, #content-type-personal-profile, #e-sports, #education-k-12, #interscholastic-athletics, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

Belgian Ambassador Whose Wife Slapped a Shop Clerk Is Recalled

The Belgian embassy in South Korea said it would recall its ambassador because he could no longer work in a “serene way” after his wife slapped a shop assistant in Seoul.

#belgium, #fashion-and-apparel, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

Where to Find Exceptional Flowers in Six Different Cities

A guide to the most exciting florists working today in Chicago, Miami, Mexico City, Berlin, Seoul and Sydney.

#berlin-germany, #chicago-ill, #flowers-and-plants, #mexico-city-mexico, #miami-fla, #mothers-day, #seoul-south-korea, #sydney-australia

Oh Se-hoon Wins Seoul Mayoral Election

Conservative opposition candidates won two mayoral races that were seen as a referendum on President Moon Jae-in and a bellwether for next year’s presidential contest.

#busan-south-korea, #democratic-party, #elections, #elections-mayors, #mayors, #moon-jae-in, #people-power-party, #politics-and-government, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #voting-and-voters

Couple Who Defaced $400,000 Painting in South Korea Thought It Was a Public Art Project

The vandalism of a piece by the graffiti artist JonOne at a gallery in South Korea has prompted a debate about contemporary art.

#art, #graffiti, #jonone-john-andrew-perello, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #vandalism

Subway Product Placement Makes It a Star of Korean TV

The sandwich chain’s aggressive use of product placement has made it a ubiquitous presence on the country’s television shows.

#advertising-and-marketing, #netflix-inc, #product-placement, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #subway-restaurants, #television

South Korean Mayor Sexually Harassed Secretary, Report Finds

The former mayor of Seoul, who died in July, was accused of making unwanted physical advances. An independent investigation has found that the victim’s allegations were credible.

#metoo-movement, #national-human-rights-commission-korea, #park-won-soon, #politics-and-government, #seoul-south-korea, #sexual-harassment, #south-korea, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Song Yoo-jung, a South Korean Actress, Has Died at 26

No cause of death was disclosed, but the case followed a string of suicides by young entertainers in the country.

#goo-hara-1991-2019, #k-pop, #kim-jong-hyun-1990-2017, #seoul-south-korea, #sulli-1994-2019, #television, #yoo-jung-song

The Times’s 24-Hour Global Relay: New York to Hong Kong and Seoul to London

From New York to Hong Kong/Seoul to London, journalists can collaborate around the clock to report on a breaking story.

#hong-kong, #london-england, #new-york-city, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #seoul-south-korea

Jay Y. Lee, Chief of South Korea’s Samsung Empire, Is Sent to Prison

Lee Jae-yong was convicted of bribing Park Geun-hye, the former president of South Korea who was impeached in 2017.

#extortion-and-blackmail, #lee-jae-yong-1968, #park-geun-hye, #samsung-group, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

South Korean Church Leader Gets Suspended Prison Term After Virus Fallout

Lee Man-hee’s church, Shincheonji, was the epicenter of the first wave of coronavirus infections in South Korea last year.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daegu-south-korea, #decisions-and-verdicts, #embezzlement, #lee-man-hee-1931, #religious-cults, #seoul-south-korea, #shincheonji-church-of-jesus-the-temple-of-the-tabernacle-of-the-testimony, #south-korea

Seoul’s Advice to Pregnant Women: Cook, Clean and Stay Attractive

The guidelines, published on a government website, have drawn a backlash from people who called them symbolic of anachronistic views in a patriarchal country.

#discrimination, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #seoul-south-korea, #women-and-girls

Delivery Workers in South Korea Say They’re Dying of ‘Overwork’

More than a dozen couriers have died this year. Some died after complaining of unbearable workloads that kept them on the clock from dawn until past midnight.

#boycotts, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #seoul-south-korea, #strikes, #work-life-balance, #working-hours, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Protests Erupt as South Korea’s Most Notorious Rapist Walks Free

Cho Doo-soon served 12 years in prison for raping an 8-year-old girl. His case has led the national legislature to create new rules for sex offenders released from prison.

#ansan-south-korea, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #ex-convicts, #seoul-south-korea, #sex-crimes

Pandemic Disrupts South Korean Adoptee Reunions, but Some Find a Way

For members of the world’s largest diaspora of adoptees, returning to the country of their birth was a rite of passage — until the coronavirus pandemic changed everything. Some found a way to make the trip anyway.

#23andme, #adoptions, #families-and-family-life, #korean-americans, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

South Korea’s Yogurt Ladies

They were among the country’s first women to work outside the home, helping establish South Korea’s taste for dairy products. And these beloved “yakult ajummas” are still making their rounds.

#elderly, #labor-and-jobs, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #women-and-girls, #yakult-honsha-co, #yogurt

Welcome Home! Now Go Straight to Quarantine (or Not)

Some cities put international travelers under strict observation for signs of coronavirus infection. Others barely notice when they land. Dispatches from seven arrival halls.

#airports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hong-kong, #london-england, #masks, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #seoul-south-korea, #sydney-australia

Covid-19 Upends South Korea’s Chuseok Festival, and Its Rituals

Millions have canceled family gatherings during this year’s Chuseok harvest festival at the government’s request. The anxiety is palpable.

#chuseok, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #politics-and-government, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

What Is Waacking, and Why Is It All Over TikTok?

A few dedicated New Yorkers are masters of the 1970s club dance, which has become a social media sensation.

#soul-traintv-program, #almaty-kazakhstan, #burnett-archie, #dancing, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #instagram-inc, #new-york-city, #princess-lockerooo, #seoul-south-korea, #so-you-think-you-can-dance-tv-program, #social-media, #street-performers, #tiktok-bytedance, #tyrone-proctor, #waacking, #youtube-com

South Korea Warns of Another Covid-19 Outbreak Tied to a Church

President Moon Jae-in has vowed to crack down on the Sarang ​Jeil Church for flouting preventive measures. The church happens to be his most vocal critic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #moon-jae-in, #politics-and-government, #sarang-jeil-church-seoul-south-korea, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

For Mom in South Korea, Sending a Child Back to School Was Worth the Risk

The safety measures in place, like glass partitions and reduced classroom sizes, eased her worries. Plus, Korean children “are even more obsessed about wearing masks than adults,” she said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

Seoul Will Investigate #MeToo Accusations Against Dead Mayor

A fact-finding team will have no power to subpoena or indict anyone, but women’s rights activists and the mayor’s accuser have called for an investigation anyway.

#metoo-movement, #mayors, #politics-and-government, #seoul-south-korea, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #south-korea, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

South Korea’s Women Are Still Waiting for Justice

Allegations against a prominent liberal mayor are the latest evidence in a series of terrible wrongs against Korean women.

#metoo-movement, #park-won-soon, #seoul-south-korea, #sexual-harassment, #south-korea

Seoul Mayor’s Secretary Speaks Out About Alleged Abuse

Her lawyer, who issued a statement on the day of Mayor Park Won-soon’s funeral, is calling for an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment.

#metoo-movement, #park-won-soon, #politics-and-government, #seoul-south-korea, #sexual-harassment, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon Is Tainted by Scandal After Death

A longtime champion of women’s rights, Park Won-soon was accused by his secretary of sexual harassment. He is presumed to have killed himself.

#metoo-movement, #park-won-soon, #politics-and-government, #seoul-south-korea, #sexual-harassment, #south-korea, #womens-rights

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon Is Found Dead

Mayor Park Won-soon vanished a day after a secretary accused him of sexual harassment, two TV stations reported. His body was later found by the police in the South Korean capital.

#missing-persons, #park-won-soon, #politics-and-government, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

Seoul Mayor Is Reported Missing

Mayor Park Won-soon is said to have left a cryptic, “will-like message” before leaving home on Thursday.

#missing-persons, #park-won-soon, #politics-and-government, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

Korean Adoptee Wins Landmark Case in Search for Birth Parents

In the first verdict of its kind, a South Korean court has ruled that Kara Bos, an American, is a daughter of an 85-year-old man in Seoul.

#adoptions, #child-abandonment, #parenting, #paternity-suits, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

North Korea Cuts Off All Communications Lines to South Korea

The North’s leadership says it will now treat the South as an “enemy,” the latest sign of chilling relations between the two Koreas.

#defense-and-military-forces, #kaesong-north-korea, #kim-jong-un, #kim-yo-jong, #korean-central-news-agency, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #seoul-south-korea

What’s the Future of Group Exercise Classes?

In February and March, 112 people were infected with the Covid-19 virus in South Korea because of Zumba classes.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dancing, #emerging-infectious-diseases-journal, #exercise, #health-clubs, #quarantines, #seoul-south-korea, #virginia-polytechnic-institute-and-state-university, #yoga

​‘Tell Me Who My Mother Is’: A Korean Adoptee Seeks Her Roots

Armed with DNA test results, Kara Bos is asking a South Korean court to rule that an 85-year-old man in Seoul is her father. Her paternity lawsuit could set a precedent for overseas adoptees.

#adoptions, #child-abandonment, #children-and-childhood, #parenting, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

How ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Survived the Pandemic

The musical’s world tour, now in Seoul, weathered a cast outbreak to become perhaps the only major show running. Can theater learn from its example?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kasif-serin, #lloyd-webber-andrew, #really-useful-group-ltd, #seoul-south-korea, #the-phantom-of-the-opera-play, #theater

As South Korea Eases Limits, Virus Cluster Prompts Seoul to Close Bars

With no vaccine in sight, the country is urging people to reclaim more of their daily lives, while bracing for new waves that are all but inevitable.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #quarantines, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

From Seoul to Sydney, Cities in Asia and Australia Learn to Live with Coronavirus

In parts of Asia and Australia, people are going out — but social distancing and other restrictions have become the new normal.

#australia, #beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #epidemics, #hangzhou-china, #hong-kong, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #restaurants, #seoul-south-korea, #taipei-taiwan

In Seoul, the Art World Gets Back to Business

Art galleries remain shuttered around the world but in South Korea, they reopen — with contact tracing and masks. Welcome to the post-Covid-19 world.

#art, #childish-billy, #collectors-and-collections, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #finances, #lehmann-maupin-gallery, #lehmann-rachel, #quarantines, #seoul-south-korea

‘My Last Stand’: In South Korea, a Protester’s Lone Fight Against Samsung

Kim Yong-hee has been ​staging sit-ins and hunger strikes at the top of an 82-foot-tall traffic camera tower overlooking the busiest intersection in Seoul — for more than 300 days and counting.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #labor-and-jobs, #lee-jae-yong-1968, #organized-labor, #samsung-electronics-co, #samsung-group, #seoul-south-korea, #smartphones, #south-korea

The Heroine of This Korean Best Seller Is Extremely Ordinary. That’s the Point.

“Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982,” a surprise hit when it was published, ignited what Cho Nam-Joo called “a public debate” around gender and inequality.

#books-and-literature, #cho-nam-joo, #kim-jiyoung-born-1982-book, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #writing-and-writers

Why Are South Koreans Blaming a Church for the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Prejudice and politics have found the perfect scapegoat.

#choo-mi-ae, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daegu-south-korea, #epidemics, #lee-man-hee-1931, #moon-jae-in, #politics-and-government, #religious-cults, #search-and-seizure, #seoul-south-korea, #shincheonji-church-of-jesus-the-temple-of-the-tabernacle-of-the-testimony, #south-korea

For Seoul’s Poor, Class Strife in ‘Parasite’ Is Daily Reality

Like the family in the Oscar-winning film, many in Seoul’s so-called dirt-spoon class dwell in basements far below the rich. “Those living up there must look down on people like me like pigs.”

#basements-and-cellars, #bong-joon-ho, #income-inequality, #movies, #parasite-movie, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea