Kelly Kasulis is a freelance journalist. She has written for PRI, The GroundTruth Project, The Boston Globe, Quartz, Mic and others. Follow her on Twitter: @KasulisK
Young pop stars in South Korea, struck with nostalgia, are performing covers of old-timey trot music on competition shows like “Mister Trot,” which have viewers vote for their favorite acts in an “American Idol”-style format.
The Nth Room online sex trafficking case is the latest in a series of high-tech sex crimes online. Activists worry that at least 74 victims — all women and children — will not receive justice for these crimes.
Even before COVID-19 swept through the country, South Korea had a well-known reputation for being a so-called “delivery nation.”
Arts, Culture & Media
The film forces viewers to confront the theme of economic inequality around the world. And in South Korea, that theme hits especially hard as people struggle against a slacking economy, unstable geopolitics and ever-surging living costs.
Lifestyle & Belief
With dwindling birth rates and high unemployment, the Seoul Metropolitan Government is dishing out millions to help newlywed couples like Cho and Seo buy or rent homes in the city — all in hopes that they’ll have kids.
Last year, South Korea had roughly 599,000 troops in its armed forces, but the supply of able-bodied males are expected to halve within the next decade.
Conflict & Justice
The two are suspected of murdering 16 of their fellow crew members and allegedly dumping their bodies overboard. North Korean defectors and human rights activists are blasting the government for sending them back to “certain death” without a proper trial.
Since 1992, the South Korean government has arbitrarily enforced a law that limits the act of giving tattoos to medical professionals.
"... We ordinary people — patriotic Korean people — are against Cho Kuk," said one protester in South Korea. The minister of justice stepped down amidst accusations against his family of nepotism and embezzlement.
Moon pledged peace with North Korea by 2045, but his timeline left some skeptical. South Korea hasn’t even been able to convince North Korea to accept rice donations ahead of a looming famine.