A deadly virus that first emerged in the Middle East has hit South Korea, where three people have died so far. Authorities have closed hundreds of schools and universities. But is that really necessary?
North Koreans may speak Korean, but not the kind they have to learn if they defect to the South. And even with a new smartphone app to guide them through South Korea's unfamiliar dialect, it's a tough and unnerving challenge.
South Koreans are spending money with reckless abandon, taking out loans and maxing out credit cards to pay their bills. They're doing it, usually, in hopes of improving their socioeconomic status, but economists say they may be banking on an unsteady foundation.
At some level, all countries push new citizens to integrate and that's where civics and language citizenship tests come in. But when you take a longer look at how citizenship exams are developed worldwide, you realize they can have less to do with methodology than promoting a strict cultural identity.
We hear a lot about the greying of America, but much less about the rising number of aging immigrants in the US. That is a major demographic trend, particularly in places like New York City. For many elderly immigrants, especially Koreans, it can be a challenge to find — and maintain — a community.
North Korea's official news agency says two Americans being held in the country will face trials for unspecified crimes against the state. Adam Cathcart, an expert on northeast Asia, says this move is part of a long established pattern.
Six months after the ferry crash that killed nearly 300 people, among them many high school students, South Korea is considering executing the vessel's captain. It would be the country's first use of capital punishment in almost 20 years, but many South Koreans simply want to move on.